We have gathered some quick facts that we think will be helpful for both current and future families at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School. We encourage you to use our website to further your understanding of our school, mission and the exciting events taking place everyday! Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns you may have.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
FY22 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III Fund Application
Please review our BFCCPS 2020-2021 Annual Report
Previous year reports can be found here.
Student Population & Enrollment
We are thrilled that our enrollment has grown to 820 students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight for the 2021-2022 school year.
Students are from Franklin as well as over ten surrounding cities and towns. In 2013, our Board of Trustees proposed a charter amendment to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to increase our enrollment to 900-students and regionalize to include 14-surrounding towns. Please stay up to date by viewing our Expansion Update page.
Each year, we have open enrollment season from mid-November through late February. Our goal is to make this process as easy to understand and to apply. Please view our Enrollment page for application information.
We have approximately 140-faculty comprising of lead teachers, aides, reading & math specialists, student support staff along with our administration and central office team. Please view our Faculty Directory for more information.
We are committed to your child’s education and well being and believe that a strong partnership between school and your family will result in success for students. In addition to important communications you will find on our website, we also provide our Parent/Student Handbook to clarify any school matter that you may have. Any matter that is not clarified here; you are always welcome to call the school.
The BFCCPS dress code is central to maintain a, safe and respectful school environment that is conducive to learning. Please read our official Dress Code Policy page.
Location & School Hours
We are located at 500 Financial Park, just outside of both Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. Our school is just 1.9 miles from Exit 16 on Route 495. Our facility is accessible via the entrance at 431 Washington Street in Franklin. (There is a gated entrance to Financial Park off of Grove Street which requires card access; please note that this entrance is not accessible to parents, staff or visitors.)
There are two sets of school hours; kindergarten through fifth grade begin each day at 9:00AM with the school day ending at 3:05PM. Our sixth through eighth grade students begin each day at 8:20AM and end at 3:05PM. We do have a variety of after school events, which can be found on our Student Life page.
Awards & Distinctions
We were proudly named a 2011 Massachusetts School of Character and National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership as well as voted a top school in 2009 by Johns Hopkins University. We have been recognized as one of America’s 100 outstanding music schools with over 80% of our students participating in one of our four music ensembles. Please view our Recognition page for more information.
DESE Profile & MCAS Results
Ranked among the Commonwealth of Massachusetts top scoring school districts. For our Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) school profile and MCAS testing results, please click here.
Executive Director – Mrs. Heather Zolnowski
Having joined BFCCPS in 2007 Mrs. Heather Zolnowski, M.Ed., served first as the Assistant Head of School then the Head of School for eleven years. The Board of Trustees has voted to add an Executive Director to the administrative structure of the school to support the new school’s opening, and increased workload in the larger school.
Head of School – Mr. Joseph Perna
Joseph Perna began his journey at BFCCPS 14 years ago as the K-8 Art Teacher. In 2008, he filled in as acting Assistant Head of School during our Head of School’s maternity leave; Perna assumed the role of Director of Operations, Events, and Student Activities upon her return. In 2012, Mr. Perna was named Assistant Head of School. Following Mrs. Heather Zolnowski’s appointment of the school Executive Director in July 2018 Mr. Perna was named the Head of School and will lead the school’s day to day operations and management.