Benjamin Franklin Charter School opened their Queen Creek campus in 1998 with an average enrollment of 540 students per year with students in kindergarten through eighth grades. As with all Benjamin Franklin Charter Schools, the curriculum ins phonics based. The school has strict discipline measures in place with high academic standards. The school does have a strict dress code and mandatory homework.
The main focus of the school is academics with very few extra curricular activities. The extra programs offered include painting, chorus, orchestra, band, yearbook, community service, student council, and academic contests. The school does not offer any physical sports at all with only physical education classes offered.
Parents love the curriculum and the environment that allows students to excel without much time to get into trouble. The structured environment is perfect for learning with nurturing teachers that work with students to help each reach their goals. The curriculum is advanced and students need to be attentive in order to excel. The major complaint is the school only offers physical education classes with the teacher choosing the students that will participate in the class. Those that do not meet the teacher’s standards are not allowed to join the class; therefore, no physical activity is available. A few parents are not happy with the school not incorporating computers or the internet in homework making students do all work the old fashion way. On the other hand, if students fall below a B average, teachers will work with said student until their grades are better.
Students across the state of Arizona are required to take the AIMS exam, which will measure their ability to master the core subjects. The students at the Queen Creek campus participated in the exam, the percentages of students that passed or exceeded the requirements of the exam are below along with how they performed with regards to state averages.
In reading, 83% of 3rd graders with the state average at 76%, in writing 71% with the state average at 79%, and in math 71% with the state at 68%. In reading, 80% of 4th graders with the state average at 75%, in science 72% with the state at 60%, in writing 90% with the state at 83%, and in math 81% with the state at 65%. In reading, 95% of 5th graders with the state average at 79%, in writing 75% with the state average at 55%, and in math 78% with the state at 63%. In reading, 95% of 6th graders with the state average at 81%, in writing 73% with the state average at 56%, and in math 91% with the state at 59%.
Benjamin Franklin Charter School – Queen Creek
21151 S. Crismon Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85242