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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Franklin Towne Charter High School is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Philadelphia, PA. It has 1,222 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 94% in reading.
5301 Tacony St Building 108
Philadelphia, PA 19137
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1060
296 responses
Average ACT
21
25 responses
AP Enrollment
11%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$39,206
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$994
National
$949
Median Home Value
$103,512
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 129 responses
Report
  • Carnival day and spirit week
    28%
  • School dances
    16%
  • Overnight dance a thon
    13%
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    10%
  • Senior Trip
    6%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,222
Free or Reduced Lunch
64%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.4%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.53 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.53 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.53 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses
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FTCHS holds their Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Achievement like a badge of honor, flaunting it at whomever is willing to listen to their endless droning about academics and rigorous college planning. They preach and aggressively push their college agenda, badgering those who willingly chose to join the military or union to switch to college, as if it will define their success. Although, we won the Most Spirited School in America, I can assure you it is not all rainbows and butterflies as it is portrayed in the video. It is the truest form of propaganda, as those not immersed into the school culture view FTCHS as a utopia, but us students know what goes on behind the scenes. Punishment is excessive and unjust, often times dished out for even the most minute (small) offenses, as if colleges chastise you for forgetting a highlighter. It is completely unnecessary and only motivates repeat offenders to continue their belligerence. FTCHS embodies the atmosphere of a Soviet-Era Gulag.
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Franklin Towne Charter High School was the best high school that I have ever went too. There were so many students that I wish I could have made more friends with. Their academic standards help prepare students college/university. The teachers were all amazing, some better than others.

I would say senior year would be the best year. It was some what a care free year and the senior trip was the amazing. However, I would like to be in my junior year again because it is what that built up senior year.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Franklin Towne because I was encouraged to be involved. My teachers and staff saw my potential and then pushed me to see it to. I feel the curriculum prepared we well for college. We had a block schedule where we sat in the same class for about an hour - hour and a half period which is very similar to college courses, an idea that is not encouraged at many other schools so I was honored. I felt my teachers looked out for me personally while also pushing me to educate myself more and broaden my horizons. For change, I would like Franklin Towne to maintain those small relationships within their larger knit community because I feel that it is very important. They are at a time where their school is on television and receiving awards which is phenomenal but I think it is key to ensure that the children and their knowledge is always put first. Overall, my experience at this school was amazing and I am so fortunate to attend such a school.