Franklin Elementary School

120 South Emerald Avenue
Modesto, CA 95351

2021-2022 School Year

By the start of the school year 2023-23, Franklin Elementary is projected to enroll about 800 students ranging from TK to 6th grade. This makes Franklin the 3rd largest of our 22 MCS Elementary Schools.


Franklin Spring 2022


Before the millennium, Franklin (2-6) had a feeder school named Pearson that housed K-2 students. Class size reduction for MCS District was enacted about 2004. Reducing the K-3 grade level maximums from 32 to 24 students. 4-6 remained at 34 max sizes. Around 2010, Franklin absorbed Pearson’s student population of kindergarteners through second grade to form the K-6 Franklin student body. A Head Start and State Preschool facility resides on campus, off of Byron Lane. In 2019, Kindergarten went to a full-day schedule and Transitional Kindergarten classes were added. Our site piloted Universal Breakfast, Single-Gender, and countless educational programs over the years led by various administrations.

Benjamin Franklin Monument

MCS Monument

Originally established in 1871, MCS District office is in the original Benjamin Franklin School Building. In 1923, the 2-story brick building was built to serve elementary school-age children. In 1952, the building was converted into MCS Administration offices.

Projected Upgrade – Proposed

In the near future, Franklin Elementary will begin transforming the 12-acre site with modern buildings. The present Franklin site inventory covers about 56,431 square feet (existing). The future site has plans for two parking lots, multipurpose room, and modernizing existing buildings (proposed).

May 2024 – Groundbreaking of Phase I is scheduled during the 2024 summer.

Phase I will consist of the following:

  • Relocation of buildings on the north side of campus adjacent to Maze Boulevard (from the Library to Room 36)

  • Construction of a new parking lot and student drop-off area on the corner of Maze Boulevard and Emerald Avenue

  • Construction of new Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria near Maze Boulevard

  • Create a new Bus Loading/Unloading Zone in front of the school on Emerald Avenue