Benjamin Franklin High School

School address information is accurate as of the 2019-2020 school year.   

2001 Leon C. Simon Dr
New Orleans, LA 70122

Phone: 504-286-2600
School Hours: 8:05 AM-3:30 PM
Geographic Area: Lake Terrace & Oaks
Geographic Zone: 5

Grades Served This Year: 9th - 12th
Grades Served Next Year: 9th - 12th

School Leadership

Principal: Patrick Widhalm
Board Chair: Alea Cot
Charter Organization: Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education, Inc.
Authorizer: OPSB

Mission Statement / Programmatic Model:
The mission of Benjamin Franklin High School is to prepare students of high academic achievement to be successful in life.

School Performance

Most New Orleans public schools are charter schools, public schools governed by non-profit boards. Each board is given a contract to operate their charter school for a number of years. When the contract is up for renewal, the Orleans Parish School Board or Louisiana Department of Education uses school performance to determine if the contract should be renewed. If the school hasn’t demonstrated acceptable performance, it may close at the end of the school year, or be taken over by a new non-profit board. 

Below we display school performance information.  Due to COVID-19, It is important to note that this performance information reflects student performance data gathered during the 2018 school year.  We encourage you to use all of the information available on this page and by contacting the school to learn more about how the school can meet your family’s needs.

Letter Grade: Unavailable
SPS: Unavailable
Renewal Year: 2020-2021
School Finder Page: School Report Card for Benjamin Franklin High School


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Application Process: Application provided by the school
Applications Due: 01/22/2021

Benjamin Franklin High School

Grade(s) 9-12

Eligibility: Not applicable
Priority: Not applicable

School Features

Highlighted program offerings, transportation details, and other provided services.

Transportation: Yes
Before Care: Yes
After Care: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Features & Programs:
Advanced Placement Dual Enrollment STEM Pathways

Jumpstart Pathways:
Programming & Development

Team Sports / After School Activities:
Contact School for More Information

Language Support:
Interpretation Available: routinely in Spanish, routinely in Vietnamese, upon request in French, upon request in Mandarin Chinese | Translation Available: part-time in Spanish, remotely in Vietnamese

Student Support Services:
Gifted And Talented Services

Special Education Model:
Inclusion, gifted classes offered