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) 286-2642
School Hours: 8:05 AM-3:30 PM
Geographic Area: Gentilly / Lakeview
Geographic Zone: Gentilly / Lakeview

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

School Leadership

Principal: Patrick Widhalm
Board Chair: Carlos Zervigon
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. 

Letter Grade: #N/A
Renewal Year: Winter 2020-2021
School Finder Page: Big Ben's School Report Card


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Application Process: Application provided by the school
Applications Due: 01/10/2020

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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:
Advanced Placement courses Dual Enrollment courses STEM Pathways with LSU

Team Sports / After School Activities:
•LHSAA: Volleyball, football, swimming, basketball, cross-country, indoor & outdoor track & field, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, golf •Cheer, dance, majorette, and step teams •Band & orchestra •More than 60 clubs, including service, competition, & interest clubs (robotics, literary magazine, speech & debate, political interest clubs)

Language Support:
Interpretation Available: part-time in Spanish; remotely in Vietnamese | Translation Available: Contact School for More Information

Student Support Services:
•Gifted and Talented services •Four full-time counselors •Full-time social workers •Peer tutoring •Writing Lab & Math Lab •Free GradeSlam access for 9th & 10th graders (24/7 online tutoring)

Special Education Model:
Inclusion, gifted classes offered