School Description: Franklin Elementary School is an urban, public school located in west Modesto, California, approximately one mile from the District’s central office, which was the original location of Franklin Elementary School. Our enrollment is 823 students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Additionally, we have 84 Head Start and State Preschool children on our campus, for a school wide enrollment of 907 students.
Our campus is diverse and comprised of approximately 73% Hispanic or Latino, 6% Asian, 6% White, and 6% African American. 46.2% of our students are second language learners, 7.8% of our students have a diagnosed learning disability, and 98.9% are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Franklin Elementary has 55 certificated staff members and 33 classified staff.
Franklin is a generational school where the veteran faculty are now proudly teaching the children of former Franklin students. Many of the teachers have advanced graduate degrees and certificates (i.e. Masters, Doctorate) and our support staff members are passionate about meeting the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs of our students. Additionally, our dedicated Resource Specialists, itinerant professionals (School Psychologist, Speech Therapist, Library Assistant, Mental Health Clinicians, Student Assistant Specialist, Nurse, Computer Literacy, and Music teachers), and three site administrators work together with families and the community in a collaborative partnership to build a positive school community and strengthen student achievement.
Our large campus houses 33 Kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms, one Head Start class, three Preschool classes, a library, a resource classroom, and two computer labs. Our emphasis on literacy is reinforced by an Instructional Coach who uses the Read 180 and Systems 44 intervention programs to support struggling readers in grades 4-6. Teachers provide targeted intervention during the school day, as well as before and after school tutoring to promote proficiency in reading comprehension and fluency. The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program provides homework support, enrichment opportunities, performing arts, and sports activities for approximately 160 students. Our Healthy Start Program offers parenting, nutrition, and empowerment classes and connects families to a variety of community services. Our collaborative network of business and community partnerships enables Franklin students to receive mentoring and additional literacy support. Collectively we endeavor to: (1) provide each student with a relevant educational experience that addresses real-world problems; (2) cultivate life-long learners; and (3) develop a respectful and responsible citizenry.