Benjamin Franklin High School will hold itsAdmissions Open House on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and all interested families are invited to attend.
Students, faculty, staff, and parents at Ben Franklin will open the school’s gates and greet prospective students and their families from across New Orleans for an up-close look at the Ben Franklin experience.
“Our students love to offer a one-on-one guided tour for each visitor, discovering where their interests are, what inspires them, and how they can find that at Ben Franklin,” says Admissions Director Lynn Jenkins. “I find ninth graders to be some of our very best ambassadors because they can really explain to prospective students what the transition was like from middle school to Franklin and what they can expect.”
L-R: Maanasa Narayanamoorthy, Kaitlyn Calabresi, Mariza Francis, Vanessa Chambers, Jack Wangand Jack Falstad
Benjamin Franklin High School will hold its Open House for prospective parents and students on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the school at 2001 Leon C. Simon Dr. in New Orleans.
Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the school and campus, meet teachers and students and experience the diverse community of excellence at Benjamin Franklin High School, the top performing public high school in Louisiana. Franklin received the highest School Performance Score in Louisiana, making it the #1 public school in the state.
Benjamin Franklin High School Senior Maanasa Narayanamoorthy, Class of ’18 was awarded a perfect score on both the ACT and SAT tests.
A National Merit Finalist, Maanasa was also awarded an all expense paid study trip to Germany by the American Association of German Teachers.
Benjamin Franklin High School is proud to announce the following seventeen (17) seniors have been selected as Semifinalists and sixteen (16) were named National Merit Commended Scholars in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program announced by the officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.
Benjamin Franklin High School will celebrate diverse cultures at an International Festival Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the school’s campus, 2001 Leon C. Simon Dr.
The 2017 International Festival comprises 19 booths from 17 participating student clubs, including the Architecture Society, Peer Assistance Team, Chinese Culture Club, Amnesty International and Gender Sexuality Alliance. Each club has adopted a country and chosen to serve food, run an activity or sell a craft.
Club members also thought of how best to use the money they raise, which vary but include charities that resolve polluted water issues in Swaziland or work toward LGBT tolerance in Brazil. Other clubs will use the proceeds to pay tournament fees (Speech and Debate) or attend conventions such as the Junior Classical League Convention (Latin Club) and Key Club District Convention (Key Club).
The Senior Steps in the school’s courtyard will feature a raffle at the top of every hour, for which attendees must be present to win, and a full slate of performances from individual student and faculty musicians; student clubs such as Poetry Out Loud, the Drama Club, the Majorettes and the Asian Pacific Club; and external performers including Capoeira New Orleans.
Benjamin Franklin High School will host its annual Falcon Feast on Thursday, March 23 from 7-10 p.m. Falcon Feast is the school's most important fundraiser for athletic activities, facilities, and events. The monies raised from this event are used to purchase necessary equipment, to enhance locker rooms in dire need of repair, and to raise money for stadium lights, bus transportation, and other needs of our Falcon athletic teams.
Benjamin Franklin High School (BFHS) is proud to announce the following eight seniors have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program:
Joshua H. Balkin
Aroosa Y. Cheema
Jacob P. Fillinger
Shirley N. Hong
Elizabeth L. Parker
Illaria M. Simeone
Madison E. Smither
Benjamin Franklin High School has always represented the spirit of excellence. Through the Gateway Program BFHS reaches beyond its own campus, offering any Orleans Parish 8th grader a gateway to math success. The celebration will take place Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 11:00 AM in the cafeteria of Ben Franklin High School.
Using the Khan Academy platform and in sessions held on eighteen Saturday mornings throughout the year, Ben Franklin teachers and other local teachers work with 8th graders from 19 different middle schools to prepare all for the rigors of high school math. The program was piloted in the 2014-2015 academic year with students form three schools and expanded this year to include students from Alice M. Harte Charter School, Arise Academy, Arthur Ashe Charter School, Audubon Charter School, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Delores T. Aaron Academy, Esperanza Charter School, Gentilly Terrace Charter School, Harriet Tubman Charter School, International School of Louisiana, Lafayette Academy, Lake Castle School, Lake Forest Charter School, Langston Hughes Academy, Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, Samuel J. Green Charter School, SciTech Academy, Success Preparatory Academy, and Wheatly School. Eighth graders are welcome, regardless of where they plan to go to high school.
Eight Ben Franklin junior and senior students have collaborated with students from Metairie Park Country Day School to create a radio podcast that will be aired on WWNO radio beginning on Thursday, December 15.
The Franklin students, members of the NOLA scholars program, have worked throughout the fall semester to create this radio microdocumentary. The podcast will be aired as part of a series produced by WWNO radio, called TriPod: New Orleans at 300, developed to help celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of our city. The TriPod presentations move beyond the familiar New Orleans history to focus on forgotten, neglected, or forgotten pieces of the city’s past.