Jersey City is home to more than a dozen high schools, each full of bright young minds eager to make their mark on the world. The Franklin School, a private high school located at 88 Town Square Place, has announced a virtual open house happening on November 18th at 5PM. The open house will cover information about the staff, the curriculum, and the innovative, hands-on learning style the school is known for. Keep reading to learn more about how Franklin School is changing the high school experience for students in Jersey City.
A Look into the World-Class Curriculum at Franklin School
Franklin is transforming the private school experience for high school students of today.
“One of the best parts of launching Franklin School is being on the forefront of education to expand innovative hands-on learning opportunities for students in Jersey City and the surrounding region. Franklin is introducing a high school education customized for today’s learners — students who are laser-focused on the future and eager to make a difference in the world,” Vice Chancellor, Blake Spahn said. “We want students to carve their own paths with choices in both what and how they learn, and empower them to have agency over their own future.”
The school combines world-class academics with real-world readiness to educate students to become innovators and socially responsible global leaders. A Franklin education includes:
- A robust and rigorous core curriculum grounded in best teaching and learning practices
- An innovative curriculum in a state-of-the-art Makerspace
- Incubator experience for students to develop and launch their own passion projects, which in the past have resulted in the creation of a non-profit organization to help people who are homeless and the design of a low-cost 3-D printed prosthetic hand
- Challenging honors and AP courses for college-readiness and credit
- Electives and micro-courses personalized to the interests and goals of each student
- Built-in SAT/ACT prep
- Expert college counseling
- Internships for hands-on, real-world experiences
- Community-based service programs within Jersey City
- Collaboration with Dwight Schools across the globe including New York City, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Dubai, and online school as well
First and foremost, the faculty and staff aim to prepare students to be people of great character and to become leaders who can help make a difference in the world. Franklin teachers are also committed to helping prepare students to succeed in their careers through learning opportunities to develop the problem-solving skills, adaptability, and the resilience of entrepreneurs to question, create, and thrive.
What Makes Franklin School Stand Out
From the very beginning, teachers get to know each student in order to develop a personalized educational pathway that will harness the student’s strengths and help them achieve their academic goals. The Franklin educational experience is designed to be exciting, and purposeful.
“Our unique applied learning approach engages students actively in their own learning, and they will have ample opportunities to pursue their passions within and beyond the classroom, “ William Campbell, Head of School at Franklin, told Hoboken Girl. “With a maker curriculum, featuring design and technology classes in our state-of-the-art makerspace, students will have numerous hands-on learning experiences.”
This innovative, hands-on curriculum includes design and technology classes, where the students can apply what they learn in class to internships and community-based programs. In Franklin’s “Shark Tank”-like incubator, every student will develop their own ideas, guided by mentors through the design thinking process, into a product, business, or service project.
“During our recent Design Expo, we had the chance to showcase the kinds of hands-on learning that we’re passionate about. We want to cultivate design skills, which empower students to think creatively, solve problems, and shape things of their own imagination,” Franklin’s Associate Head of School, Nicole Hamilton mentioned. “They also experimented with the creative power of some of the resources in Franklin’s makerspace, including laser cutters, 3D printers, and my personal favorite, digital embroidery machines.”
The History + Administration at Franklin School
Franklin School dates back to 1872, when its predecessor school was founded in Manhattan. The latest version of Franklin, which is affiliated with Dwight Schools globally under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Blake Spahn and his father, Chancellor Stephen Spahn, will offer an accessible world-class education to students in grades 9 through 12 beginning in fall 2022. The curriculum will be customized for today’s learners — students who are laser-focused on the future and eager to make a difference in the world. High schoolers will be able to carve their own paths with choices in both what and how they learn and be empowered to have agency over their own future.
Meet the Head of School: William Campbell
As the Head of School, William Campbell has invaluable experience in innovative curriculum design, building effective academic teams, and inspiring lifelong learners. William joined Franklin after serving as Director of the Physical Education Department and Sports, Exercise, and Health Science Program at the Dwight School. He has previously held leadership positions across the globe at the high school, college, and university levels.
Meet the Associate Head of School: Nicole Hamilton
While serving as Franklin’s Associate Head of School, Nicole Hamilton also works as the Head of the Math Department of Dwight School. Nicole brings an extensive 19 years of exceptional teaching, technology, and leadership experience to Franklin.
Meet the Director of Innovation: Jaymes Dec
Franklin’s expert faculty includes a pioneer in the maker movement, Jaymes Dec, who as the Director of Innovation is leading Franklin’s maker program. He has extensive experience in teaching design and technology while simultaneously inspiring students through creative project-based learning experiences as they bring their own ideas to life. Jaymes was named a “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools.
Jersey City is also so convenient to get to from New York — just a quick PATH train stop away from downtown Manhattan. Franklin is located on the waterfront in Newport and has stunning views of the New York City skyline.