Frequently Asked Questions
We currently live outside of Orleans Parish but are planning to move into Orleans Parish. Can we still apply?
We work with families considering relocating to New Orleans from all over the world, the U.S., and Louisiana. The process will be same as for current residents: Complete the application online, send the birth certificate, and we will schedule the student for the admissions test.
How can I schedule a school visit?
Our Admissions Open House is held in the fall every year; check the Admissions Calendar for the date and time. Our students, teachers, and administrators will be available to provide tours of the school, explain our academic and extracurricular programs, and answer questions.
Families may schedule tours of the school by calling or emailing the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office can be reached at (504) 286-2610 or (504) 286-2619. We are happy to provide guided tours, but we do not provide for student “shadow” days.
Does Franklin have an eighth grade?
Benjamin Franklin High School serves grades 9 through 12. We do not have an eighth grade.
What is the workload for students like?
Benjamin Franklin High School sets high standards for our students to strive toward and to maintain. Classes are designated as either honors, gifted, or AP-level, and the coursework is very rigorous. While your student may have easily maintained a straight A average in the past, they may be surprised by the demands of such a challenging curriculum and need to develop stronger study and organizational skills. It is not unusual for Franklin students to have 3-4 hours of homework each day, as well as on weekends. While there will be a significant amount of high-caliber work to be completed to maintain high grades, you and your student should feel comfortable asking for assistance from a wide range of resources available to help you along the way.
What support services are available for students?
If at any time during the school year, things are not going as well as you or your child would like, either academically or socially, please contact the staff. This includes our dedicated team of teachers, counselors, social worker, and coaches who remain ready to offer encouragement and support. They can even talk with a member of the Peer Assistance Team (PAT), which is composed of successful students who tutor, mentor, and advise other students, academically, socially, and emotionally. For more information, please visit the Support Services.
Should students get involved in extracurricular activities?
Franklin offers a wide range of extracurricular arts, academic, student life, and athletic activities. These outlets are a quick way for students to make new friends and can help ease academic pressures. Many students find that joining a team or club provides an extra incentive to do well in class because the retention policy requires students to maintain a 2.0 GPA and have no F's in order to remain eligible. Involvement in sports or activities also will be important when applying to college. Your student can find out about and sign up for activities during Franklin Welcome Night and at the beginning of the school year. Some sports activities and the cheer team include participation and practice during the summer before the start of school.
We have missed the last admissions test. What can we do?
The applicant must provide a battery of standardized achievement tests approved by the Director of Admissions and the Principal/CEO.
How can I contact the school?
For general inquiries, please call (504) 286-2600 or email email@example.com.