One of the most frequently asked questions or expressed sentiments that I hear is about "opportunities" that our school offers versus larger, district schools. Opportunity can be a counterintuitive idea. What I mean is this: The larger the school and the more opportunities that a school offers its student body can actually limit opportunity for the individual student. While larger schools with two, three or four thousand students may offer more opportunities on paper and in total, how many of those will your child be able to participate in? What most students experience when attending larger schools is that they must dedicate themselves to one sport, activity, or club in order to be able to participate. The school is so large that every activity has a number of students that specialize in each one - thus limiting the number things a student can reasonably expect to be involved in. Every sport has a number of club players that also play for the school. Each club and activity has a dedicated number of students that also specialize. Therefore, students are forced to dedicate and commit themselves to one thing in order to participate in anything.
A classical, liberal arts program eschews this modern phenomenon of taking children at an early age and pigeonholing them - either academically or in extracurricular activities. A truly educated person is a well-rounded, and we like to say, well-grounded person. We are building our program with a very clear vision. One aspect of this vision is that our school will always remain small, relative to the surrounding district schools. This allows our students to be involved in many, many activities and to gain the benefit of the corresponding learning and experiences. So far this year we have had a varsity basketball player and cheerleader sing the national anthem before the game. Football players have had to change in the car on the way to their choir concert. We have students performing in plays and with the orchestra and band on the same night. The list goes on. Our students learn what it is to truly have a respect and appreciation of all aspects of school life. Benjamin Franklin students are not a number - they are all integral parts of our campus fabric and contribute to our school culture in various and diverse ways.