Award Year: 2018

Franklin Junior High School

4949 East Southern Avenue
Mesa, AZ, 85206-2759

(480) 472-2600

Mr. Jeffrey Abrams, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Mesa Unified District

School Website


Develop highly educated and productive students in a safe and structured environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 64%
  • Hispanic: 23%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 3%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 40%
Franklin students striving for success and celebrating with Sen. McCain.

Franklin students striving for success and celebrating with Sen. McCain.

Franklin Jr. High School is a parent choice school with a traditional model for parents looking for an alternative approach to education for their students. Franklin Jr. High serves students in 7th and 8th grade. Located in Mesa, Arizona, it is part of Mesa Public Schools, Arizona’s largest school district.

The Franklin Jr. High academic program places students on an accelerated course track in core academic areas, preparing students for the rigorous studies required to be successful in high school and beyond. The curriculum cultivates well-rounded students through embedded lessons in character development, conflict resolution, civic learning, leadership, and student government. Students can select from many different electives in the areas of performing arts, visual arts, career and technical education, yearbook, and health and fitness. Students' selections may reflect their interests, expose them to new skills, or be directly related to a future career.

There are many key components to the success of Franklin Jr. High, but the single practice that has been most influential for increasing student growth and achievement is school-wide collaboration. Every member of our campus is equally important and contributes to our culture of learning. All teachers take responsibility for the learning of all students. Team building and positive communication encourage a climate of high levels of student citizenship, intrinsic motivation, a strong work ethic, and perseverance towards achievement.

Franklin Jr. High’s positive, caring climate has resulted in students' development of respect for others, pride in self, individual academic achievement, and college and career readiness.