The Franklin Square Union Free School District is a highly regarded K-6 public school district located in the heart of Western Nassau County. It serves children from Franklin Square, West Hempstead and Garden City South. This primarily residential community is attractive to families with school-age children because of its high quality education, its family centered suburban lifestyle, and the recreational amenities provided by local parks and community sports leagues. The students complete their secondary educational programs in the Sewanhaka Central High School District, with most children attending the H. Frank Carey High School, located in Franklin Square.
The Franklin Square Schools are at the center of the community, serving the needs of many diverse groups. Community members take advantage of adult computer classes, the on-site community Historical Society Museum, after school child care, evening recreational activities, and summer educational and recreational programs.
THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
The Franklin Square students are recognized for their academic performance. The Franklin Square Schools score within the top 5% of Nassau County School Districts. The community is justifiably proud of the following District accomplishments:
- Student achievement on New York State tests.
- Instructional materials that are current and support achievement of New York State standards.
- Instructional programs that enrich students’ education.
- A character development program that provides students the opportunity to reach out and help others in the community.
- Workshops to keep parents updated on changes in education.
- Professional development that keeps teachers current on new trends in education.
- The spirit of cooperation that encourages community and staff members to work together to enrich students learning
THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
The District has long been known for the quality education and the Foundation of Success provided to the students who attend these schools. The students are offered a nurturing, caring, safe and educationally stimulating environment in which to develop healthy attitudes, strong character, and intellectual curiosity.
The School District offers a comprehensive curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Reading, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, and physical education represent the core K-6 curriculum. Cultural Arts programs and educational field trips enhance the elementary program. Integrated instruction through balanced literary strategies accommodates the developmental level of each student. A wide variety of supportive services are provided to address specific individual student needs. These services include special education, speech, remedial reading, English as a second language, gifted education, instrumental education, psychologists, and nurses. Beginning with the 1999-2000 school year, the District initiated Academic Intervention Services at the directive of the New York State Education Department. These services include remediation before, during and after school.
The District has a technology initiative that provides all students and staff access to state-of-the-art computer labs, distance learning equipment, in class computers with internet access, and other technologies.
The professional staff of the Franklin Square Union Free School District is composed of dedicated, competent and well-educated teachers and administrators. They continue to build on the strength of past successes with a pioneering spirit by adding new methodologies to their repertories of professional skills. The District’s Professional Development Plan provides teachers with the training and skills to engage students in cooperative learning strategies, hands-on activities, research, and experimentation. Teachers utilize a developing knowledge of authentic and rubric assessments to accurately assess student progress and to guide remedial activities when necessary.