Parents As Primary Educator is one of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School’s four pillars. We believe that parents play a central role in the education of their child as their first educator. Our faculty and staff partner with parents to help each student reach their potential.

The following pillar document outlines the defining principles and background for the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School’s approach to Parents As Primary Educator.


The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School exists “to assist parents in their role as
primary educators”. A child is first taught by his or her parents and continues to be profoundly
influenced by them throughout life. As an expression of the deep love they have for their
children, parents assume the ultimate responsibility of ensuring their children receive the
education they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s world. Parents choose their children’s schools
carefully and follow their studies closely, acting as true partners with teachers in all that they do.
They welcome the responsibility to share in the education of their children in many phases,
including remediation and challenge, and to provide guidance and support during the school

Defining​ ​Principles:
1. Parents are welcome at our school.
2. Active communication based on mutual respect is paramount to a successful partnership.
3. In order to support a true partnership between parents and the school

BFCCPS​ will:

  • provide parents with detailed information about the BFCCPS classical,
    sequential, content- rich curriculum and access to classroom materials
  • consult parents on important academic decisions regarding their children
  • provide parents with opportunities to learn about the school’s pillars, as well as
    resource support for non-academic subjects, that will help them fulfill their
    primary educator role
  • provide numerous volunteer opportunities

Parents​ are encouraged to:

  • actively participate in their child’s educational experiences and are responsible
    for supporting their child’s educational activities beyond the school day, such as
    homework, establishing organizational systems, as well as enrichment and
    remediation activities
  • vigilant and proactive in addressing any educational issues they observe in their
    child, both in school and at home
  • discuss with teachers or administrators any questions they may have about
    teaching philosophy, curriculum, or classroom materials
  • participate in volunteer activities as their schedule allows
  • cultivate the virtues in their children’s character

Pillar in Action:  Parents as Primary Educator 

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school and custodian of the school’s mission. Comprised of parents, teachers and community members with a variety of skills, the Board of Trustees oversees the school’s adherence to the mission, and the financial health of the school. The Board of Trustees is also responsible for strategic planning, which includes creating shared goals and objectives for school improvement, and developing and maintaining its policies.  The Board of Trustees appoints and works closely with the Head of School, who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School.


The Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 which was created to support the school. The BFEF owns the property at 500 Financial Park Drive and will oversee all fundraising efforts for the gymnasium and two playgrounds.
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Parent Community Organization (PCO) is an all-volunteer parent organization that supports our school by organizing and funding educational and social programs that enrich student experiences and foster a sense of community among all families and staff. The PCO is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and as such, qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
The Board of Trustees, Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation and the Parent Community Organization  have a number of volunteer opportunities available. Additionally these boards rely on parent and community volunteers to sit on various committees.  

Whether you can volunteer your time as a Director on the Foundation, a Trustee on the Board, joining the PCO Board, or joining the newly formed Capital Campaign Committee – we need your help!  Contact information is as follows:  

  • Mr. Basile for involvement on the BFEF or the Capital Campaign Committee
  • Mr. Scansen  for opportunities to serve on the Board of Trustees or on one of their numerous committees
  • The PCO  for opportunities to serve on the Parent Community Organization