Frequently Asked Questions
How many students are at Franklin Academy?
Franklin Academy serves over 239 students from preschool through 8th grade.
How big are class sizes?
Our student class limit varies by grade and maxes out at the following class sizes, but can have more than one section:
2 1/2 – 4 year old (Pre-K/Early K) – 1:10 ratio
Kindergarten – 14 students
1st-4th Grade – 15 students
Does Franklin have any Accreditations?
Yes. Franklin is proud to be accredited with:
• Preschool accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
• Preschool-8th Grade accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and a subscriber school to the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)
What is the student to teacher ratio?
Our student to teacher ratio depends on the division (Preschool, Lower School, and Middle School). On average, the student to teacher ratio is:
• 1:10 for Preschool
• 1:11 for Lower School
• 1:12 for Middle School
How experienced are the teachers?
Each K-8 teacher has a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and most faculty members have advanced degrees. To note, our devoted teachers average more then 11 years of classroom teaching experience.
What facilities are in Robin Hall (Preschool – 1st Grade)?
Robin Hall has 10 classrooms, library, gym space, art room, lunchroom, outdoor playground, chapel space, Spanish room, and outdoor classroom area.
What facilities are in the Markell Hall (2nd – 8th Grade)?
Markell Hall has 15 classrooms, music room, weight room, three science laboratories, lunchroom, library, locker rooms, a regular-sized gymnasium (convertible to performance space), field, and makerspace.
What academic enrichment opportunities are available?
There are specialists in each area:
• Preschool — Spanish and Music
• Kindergarten – 4th Grade — Spanish, Music, Physical Education, Library, and Art
• Middle School — Spanish, Physical Education/ Health, Art, Coding/Technology, Design Thinking/Economics and electives like Band, Makerspace, and Robotics
Some of our afterschool enrichment opportunities include chess team and math team.
What team sports are offered at Franklin?
Some of our team sports include cross-country, tennis, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and track & field.
Does Franklin accept students of all religions?
Yes. Franklin Academy is an independent, open, and accepting community. We warmly welcome students and teachers of all backgrounds and beliefs. Students assemble for chapel service once or twice a week depending on age and have other opportunities to explore and discuss religious and spiritual matters. All are free to express their doubts and faiths. Our aim is to open minds, not mold them.
What are some the benefits of Franklin Academy?
- Small class sizes for every grade level
- Experienced, dedicated, and qualified teachers
- Strong parent involvement – Franklin Academy is not just a school; it’s a nurturing and supportive community
- An academic environment that follows national standards from experts in each subject area (cross-grade STEM-focused curriculum used, too)
- A program emphasizing achievement, leadership with buddies, and moral & spiritual development
- Experiential Learning Experiences (Field Trips) that complement academic curriculum (7th Grade goes to Philadelphia to explore our American History and about our school’s namesake Benjamin Franklin and the 8th Grade goes to England as a culmination of their literature and history studies)
- Consistent communication with access to teachers and administration
- Dress Code (K-8) – Proven to increase student achievement by encouraging them to concentrate more on academics and less on their wardrobe
- Specialists and electives in art, music, physical education/health, library, Coding/Technology, Robotics, Makerspace, and Spanish
- Middle School sports teams within Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) League
- Home of the Annual Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair
- Sibling discounts and confidential tuition assistance available for qualifying families
- Preschool accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NWEYC)
- K-8 accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and a subscriber school to the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)