Our fifth to eighth grade middle school program offers students a unique and personalized education. Students take nine classes on a rotating block schedule: Spanish, Literature/Language Arts, Physical Education/Health, Math, Science, Social Studies, Coding/Technology, Art and Economics/Design Thinking with electives offered in Band, Makerspace, and Robotics. There are grade-level overnight experiences that complement what is covered in our academic curriculum. Students have the opportunity to explore and discuss spiritual matters and develop their social consciousness. Our students are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century with their well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Small class sizes and a challenging and nurturing environment characterize the Franklin experience. Respectful, trusting relationships support learning as teachers provide meaningful attention to each student. Classes range from 12-18 students to ensure the most personalized educational experience. An afternoon study hall is provided to allow students to get homework started and to ask clarifying questions of their teachers or peers.
Our fifth to eighth grade middle school program offers students a unique and personalized education, as students take nine classes on a rotating block schedule. Our program builds on the foundation of the Lower School and help our students develop time management skills. Due to our low teacher-to-student ratio, students consistently exceed state and national performance standards. The multi-aged advisory period allows for leadership development and social support for students.
7th graders demonstrate competency at a rate 26% higher than state scores across the subjects (reading, writing and math).
There are specific field trips in middle school that are centered on inquiry-based learning where students are motivated by their own curiosity. In all these settings students work together to establish trust and work together to solve numerous group challenges. Fifth grade enjoys Lutherwood, which is an environmental education program at Lake Samish looking at Ecosystems. Sixth Grade goes to NatureBridge on the Olympic Peninsula and investigates old growth forest, wilderness coasts, and alpine peaks. The seventh grade goes to Philadelphia to explore our American history and learn all about our school’s namesake Benjamin Franklin. Eighth grade travels internationally to England as a culmination of their literature and history studies at the end of middle school.
Inclusive of All Faiths
We teach ecumenical Christian values and promote our Core Commitments, (Engage, Reflect, Create, and Care). Many of our students are of non-ecumenical faiths and we both embrace and celebrate our rich religious diversity represented in the student body. Students are encouraged to select topics or needs related to a country, a social concern, a school community matter, or health issue for group prayer focus. We’ve earned the respect, support, and participation of families and students from Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and other traditions/beliefs.
Our school community (rooted in Christian values and our four Core Commitments: Engage, Reflect, Create, Care), are committed to free and open inquiry at every level.