Admissions

Overview

The Franklin Academy aims to admit those applicants who are most able and eager to learn in this unique community of excellence. We accept and review a variety of application materials with the goal of assessing the multiple talents and interests in young people.

No single factor, such as grades or standardized test scores, is determinative. This Academy values diversity. As our mission states, we serve academically capable and willing students. We welcome the application of all learners – regardless of background or beliefs.

We offer in-person and virtual tours for potential families.

Preschool Process

  1. Schedule a Tour in person or virtual *Please bring child
  2. Receive/Submit an Application along with a one-time application fee of $100 (cash or check).
  3. Pre-K applicants that have been in preschool or daycare prior are required to provide a Teacher Feedback Form
  4. Acceptance Communicated
  5. Set up an appointment to complete enrollment 
  6. Hopes and Dreams Conference with Teacher / First Day! 

Note: 2.5 Year Olds need to be 90% potty trained and 3 Year Old and Pre-K students MUST be potty trained.

Kindergarten-1st Grade Process

  1. Schedule a Tour (in-person or virtual)
  2. Receive/Submit an Application along with a one-time application fee of $100 (cash or check)
  3. In addition to the application form, please submit comprehensive, current education records, including copies of progress reports (the past 2-3 years), 504/Individual Education Plans (if necessary), and standardized test results.
  4. Please submit one (1) Teacher Feedback Form (from a current teacher)
  5. Possible Kindergarten Readiness Assessment or Special Visit Day
  6. Acceptance Communicated
  7. Set up an appointment to complete enrollment
  8. Hopes and Dreams Conference with Homeroom Teacher / First Day!

2nd-4th Grade Process

  1. Schedule a Tour (in-person or virtual)
  2. Receive/Submit an Application along with a one-time application fee of $100 (cash or check)
  3. In addition to the application form, please submit comprehensive, current education records, including copies of progress reports (the past 2-3 years), 504/Individual Education Plans (if necessary), and standardized test results.
  4. Please submit two (2) Teacher Feedback Forms (one can be a current teacher and a second a character reference)
  5. We require the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) as part of our admission process. The ISEE is a standardized test offered nationally (including an Administered at-Home test for $150). Students only need to take the ISEE once and the results will be sent to the school you designate when you register. Please visit the ISEE website here for details, testing options, and a quick fact guide about what to expect from the ISEE. Registering for the ISEE exam should be completed at least three weeks prior to the actual test date.
  6. Special Visit Day (Part Day)
  7. Acceptance Communicated
  8. Set up an appointment to complete the enrollment
  9. Hopes and Dreams conference with Homeroom Teacher / First Day!

5th-8th Grade Process

  1. Schedule a Tour (in-person or virtual)
  2. Receive/Submit an Application along with a one-time application fee of $100 (cash or check)
  3. In addition to the application form, please submit comprehensive, current education records, including copies of progress reports (the past 2-3 years), 504/Individual Education Plans (if necessary), and standardized test results.
  4. Please submit two (2) Teacher Feedback Forms (one can be a current teacher and a second a character reference)
  5. We require the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) as part of our admission process. The ISEE is a standardized test offered nationally (including an Administered at-Home test for $200). Students only need to take the ISEE once and the results will be sent to the school you designate when you register. Please visit the ISEE website here for details, testing options, and a quick fact guide about what to expect from the ISEE. Registering for the ISEE exam should be completed at least three weeks prior to the actual test date.
  6. Special Visit Day (Part Day)
  7. Acceptance Communicated
  8. Set up an appointment to complete the enrollment
  9. Hopes and Dreams conference with Advisor / First Day!

If you have any further questions feel free to contact Admissions Director Natalie Bennett at nbennett@thefranklin.academy or (360) 733-1750 ext. 1509), as she will be glad to answer any concerns or questions.

Inquiries are received and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. We encourage you to invest in your child’s future with an independent education at The Franklin Academy. 

Tuition

The Franklin Academy provides outstanding value for the tuition dollar. We are very competitive in the greater Bellingham area and a genuine bargain in relation to comparable programs in the Seattle metropolitan area.

We believe that there is no better investment than in the education of a child. Our Board of Trustees works diligently to keep tuition as low as possible and to make Franklin’s education accessible. Franklin Academy relies on the financial support of community members to cover its operating costs.

Families can pay tuition in full on or before April 29th, 2022 or must be made through Facts Management Company Services (FACTS). Please know the use of a credit card may incur additional charges.

The FACTS payment plans provide two options:  3 payments (June, Sept and Dec 1st) or 10 payments June-March on either the 1st or the 15th. Please know the use of a credit card may incur additional charges. FACTS charges $50 per family for their services. Special modifications to payment plans may be submitted to accounting@thefranklin.academy after your FACTS plan is set up.

Login or create a Facts Management Company Service (FACTS) account via this link: FACTS Management Company Services

Important Reminders:

  • Our returning families will get priority registering for one week from Monday, February 6th to Friday, February 10th, 2023.
  • Enrollment opens to outside families on Monday, February 20th, 2023 at 8 a.m.
  • 10% of tuition (cash or check) is needed at the time of enrollment.
  • April 28th – Enrollment Deadline. *Tuition must be paid in full before this date, if not using Facts Management Company (FACTS).
  • All tuition is non-refundable.

Tuition Assistance

For those who value a quality education but still find the tuition beyond financial reach, we offer a Tuition Assistance program for families enrolled in Kindergarten-8th grade.  A family can not apply for Tuition Assistance until they have been accepted into our program. Our online Tuition Assistance program is administered through FACTS.  Click here to learn more about how Tuition Assistance is determined through FACTS.    

After FACTS makes a determination of the amount of assistance given, the Head of School will process the application and let you know the amount you are awarded. The process takes on average two weeks. 

You may complete the application at one time, or start and return to it later. At the conclusion of the application process (after all documents have been submitted), a $40 processing fee will be required. If you already have a FACTS account for tuition payments, you may use the same login information.

Login or create a Tuition Assistance account via this link:

FACTS Management Company Services