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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Bergen County
Franklin Lakes School District
Franklin Avenue Middle School is a public school located in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey with 419 students in grades 6-8.
Highlights
Values the whole child and creativity by educating students in STEM, TV Media, Digital Design, Music, and the Arts.
Students are engaged in learning 21st Century skills supported by a 1:1 laptop program and inquiry-based instruction
Social and emotional needs of students supported through strong community contributions and Living Lessons program
Awards

Our District achieved the Bronze award for Sustainable Jersey. Our District is proud to be a Tri-State Consortium member district. Our students have participated in and, in many cases, won awards in Perennial Math League, You Be the Chemist academic competition, National History Bee, Brain Busters, Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge, County Chorus and Band, Creative Communications Poetry contest and others. Our STEM teacher was published in the Science Scope education journal.

Location
755 Franklin Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Contact
Principal: Mr. Joseph Keiser
201-891-0202
jkeiser@franklinlakes.k12.nj.us
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Grades
6-8
White 87%
Black 2%
Asian 8%
Hispanic 3%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1%
Multiracial 0%
School size
419
students
Female 45.3%
Male 54.7%
Economically disadvantaged students 1%
Students with disabilities 22%
English learners 1%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
139
Grade Percent of total students Students
6th Grade 32%
136
7th Grade 31%
131
8th Grade 36%
149
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English & language arts proficiency
76%
of students

Math proficiency
67%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.2
Incidents per year
Violence 1
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 1
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
78%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 40%
6 to 10 days 35%
11 to 15 days 15%
Over 15 days 8%
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English 88.8%
Other 5.5%
Arabic 2.6%
Korean 2.1%
Russian 1.0%
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Learn more about Franklin Avenue Middle School.

Mission

The Franklin Lakes Learning Community: Achieving Together Our Vision: Build a learning environment where all children and adults take ownership to become imaginative, reflective, information age explorers and contributors to society. Our Mission: Develop in students a life-long commitment to learning, a sense of personal and social responsibility, healthy self-esteem, and a respect and appreciation of diversity. "

Academics

Based on NJ Student Learning Standards, curriculum is designed to yield alignment between what is written, taught, and assessed. Visit District website for more information, Grades K-3: Curiosity Corner Program. Grades 4 -5: Discovery Program and Independent Study. Grades 4-8: Academic Challenge & Enrichment [ACEs] pullout program for qualifying students who meet with the Gifted and Talented teacher. Grades 6-8: Honors classes in Social Studies, English, Mathematics, and Art. "

Clubs

A wide range of clubs and activities is available to our students. Examples are clubs in the areas of Art, Books, Dance, Drama, Environmental, Newspaper, Geography, Photography, Tennis, and Yearbook. Middle School level sports are offered for baseball, basketball, track, soccer, volleyball, and cheerleading.

Teachers

Our Advancing Expertise newsletter celebrates our educators who give back to the profession in an effort to support student achievement and educator improvement and innovation beyond the walls of their own classrooms. Professional development programs are conducted across the District four times per year. Grade/subject area specific in-District PD sessions are provided throughout the school year. Additionally, our faculty is encouraged to attend out-of-District PD programs when appropriate.

Supports

A dedicated teacher and a part-time teacher support all ELLs. We have several programs for students with disabilities: CAPS (CRS), Bridges (WAS), Bright Horizons preschool (HMRS), and the Pathways program (FAMS). Struggling students receive pull-out supplemental instruction in Reading and Writing and/or Mathematics (CSI for grades K-5 and Strategies & Intervention for grades 6-8). Additional in-class supplemental/replacement instruction is provided at all schools in Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Science, and SS.

Health

We provide a healthy educational environment that fosters sound bodies, sound spirits, and sound minds. Speech, physical/occupational therapy, behavioral and counseling support are provided. Physical education classes, daily recess, and daily movement opportunities support physical activity goals. The Character Education program, Olweus, is employed throughout the District.

Parents

Strong and generous PTAs support activities at each school. A SEPAC provides parent input on special education topics. The FL Education Foundation offers significant financial support. Back to School Night, Parent Academies, concerts and shows welcome parents and community members. A Parent Portal is available through our website. Parent and community partnerships exist with the Mayor's Wellness campaign, Sustainable Jersey, Change the World. and FAMS' Peer Leadership Corp.

Facilities

The Franklin Avenue Middle School houses grades 6-8. Built in 1954, the facility was renovated and enhanced in 1981, 1995, and 2002. Approximately 85,000 square feet in size, the two-story building is air-conditioned and handicapped accesible, including an elevator. Features include a STEM lab, a TV studio, computer labs, and outdoor garden classroom.

School safety

The District participates in regional shared services with the FLOW district (Wyckoff, Oakland, and Franklin Lakes K-8) and the Ramapo/IHHS high school district. The group collectively employs a FLOW School Security Coordinator to assess security procedures and provide training and consultation. Each school conducts regular safety drills of various types. All schools in the District are equipped with video surveillance and double-entry security systems. All staff use the SHARE 911 system for communication during drills or real-life events.

Technology

STEM courses at the Franklin Avenue Middle School have been written to incorporate most recent conceptual shifts in both the Technological literacy standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. STEM courses integrate engineering design while providing students with interdisciplinary learning experiences in science and math. All units of study in STEM courses at the Franklin Avenue Middle School are written to incorporate Project Based Learning, fostering the integration of skills. The three year STEM Lab course is offered to all students in Grades 6 through 8. Each year, students build on skills developed in previous years as they identify and solve technological problems, design solutions, and work collaboratively with peers to manufacture and market innovative products. Students work in 21st century classrooms, equipped with SmartBoards, sound systems, and document cameras. Students enjoy a 1:1 laptop program.

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