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: 8:00 AM-3:25 PM
Geographic Area: Gentilly / Lakeview
Geographic Zone: 5

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

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. 

Letter Grade: A
SPS: 135.2
Renewal Year: Winter 2020-2021
School Finder Page: Big Ben's School Report Card

This school’s academic performance data and next renewal year as of November 2018 can be found above. For more information on how school performance is measured, click here. For more information on school accountability, click here.


How to apply, who is eligible to attend, and what factors determine which students are assigned. For more info on priorities and how OneApp works, click here.

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: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Features & Programs:
Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment

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:
Benjamin Franklin High School

Special Education Model:
Inclusion, gifted classes offered