Benjamin Franklin High School

School address information is accurate as of the 2017-2018 school year.   

2001 Leon C Simon Dr
New Orleans, LA 70122

Phone: 504-286-2600
School Hours: 8:00 AM-3:25 PM
Geographic Area: Gentilly / Lakeview
Geographic Zone: Contact school for more information

Grades Served This Year: 9th - 12th
Grades Served Next Year: 9th - 12th
First Day: 08/08/2016
Last Day: 05/23/2017

School Leadership

Principal: Patrick Widhalm
Board Chair: Lester Alexander
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. 

This school’s academic performance data and next renewal year can be found below. For more information on school accountability, click here.

Letter Grade: A
SPS: 140.3
Renewal Year: Winter 2020-2021


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Application Process: Follows the Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools (GNOCCS) application process

Benjamin Franklin High School

Grade(s) 9-12

Eligibility: New Orleans Residents
Priority: Contact School for More Information

School Features

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

Transportation: Yes
Before Care: No
After Care: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Features & Programs:
Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, NOCCA

Jumpstart Pathways:
Contact school for more information.

Team Sports / After School Activities:
LHSAA boys: basketball, cross country, football, golf, track & field, soccer, swimming, tennis, LHSAA girls: basketball, cross country, golf, track & field, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball

Language Support:
Documents translated routinely into Spanish and Vietnamese, upon request into French and Mandarin Chinese | Interpretation available part-time in Spanish, by phone in Vietnamese

Student Support Services:
Full-time team members: 4 guidance counselors, nurse, social worker, 504 coordinator, gifted & talented coordinator.

Special Education Model:
Inclusion, gifted classes offered