Franklin High Academic Information
Franklin High School strives to provide meaningful challenges that push students to maximize their abilities to propel them to their next steps in life. FHS offers a wide range of high quality programs to help students maximize their abilities, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College, Career and Technical Education, ACT Prep, Academic Intervention, and Freshmen Academy.
Explore the tabs below for more detailed information on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE), and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC).
Why Advanced Placement?
FHS offers over 20 AP courses—from AP Human Geography to Studio Art to AP Computer Science—for students who are motivated and have shown academic promise to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.
AP Can Help Students:
- Stand out in college admissions—taking AP is a sign students are ready for college
- Earn college credits—colleges nationwide offer credit, advanced placement or both for qualifying exam scores, which can save time and money
- Skip introductory classes—students can move directly to upper-level and major-specific courses
- Build college skills and confidence—from problem solving to time management and more
- Pursue interests—students can dig deeper into subjects they want to learn about
To learn more about AP classes please take time to view the presentation from the FHS College Planning/Parent Night. Read the AP Program Informational Letter for details and instructions on taking an AP course and payment information about the AP exams. To see exact times and dates please see the schedule for AP exams. Friday, November 9 is the deadline to register and pay for AP exams.
Why International Baccalaureate?
Franklin High School is the first school in the State of Tennessee to offer the IB diploma. Both the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) are offered at FHS. While MYP is embedded in all 9th and 10th grade courses, students in DP must apply and be accepted. The IB Programme serves not only the academically talented but also the highly motivated student.
IB Provides Students:
- An international perspective on education.
- Active learning involving critical thinking, independent research and verbal communication.
- Interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary group and individual projects.
- Requirement of involvement in extracurricular activities, both school and community.
- Admission and scholarship opportunities at prestigious universities.
- College credit at many universities
Parents of current IB Diploma Programme students who missed the September 6th meeting or would like to know more about IB DP may view the presentation from the meeting.
For information about the Diploma Programme contact Ray Scheetz or Leigh Tansey. For information about the Middle Years Programme contact Ashley Flood. Visit the IB website to learn more about the different programmes in IB.
Franklin High School IB Diploma Program Informational Meetings will take place on the following dates. Presentations begin at 6:00 p.m. and are finished by 7:30. There will be a meeting at FHS on December 6, 2018 for any families that are not able to attend the meetings at the Middle Schools.
- Spring Station Middle School – Wednesday, September 26, 2018
- Freedom Middle and Poplar Grove Middle – Wednesday, October 3, 2018
- Sunset Middle School – Thursday, October 4, 2018
- Thompson’s Station Middle – Monday, October 8, 2018
- Mill Creek Middle School – Wednesday, October 10, 2018
- Woodland Middle School – Tuesday, October 23, 2018
- Heritage Middle School – Wednesday, October 24, 2018
- Grassland Middle School – Monday, October 29, 2018
- Brentwood Middle School – Tuesday, October 30, 2018
- Hillsboro Middle School – Thursday, November 8, 2018
- Page Middle School – Monday, November 12, 2018
- Fairview Middle School – Tuesday, November 13, 2018
- Franklin High School – Thursday, December 6, 2018
A presentation about our IB Diploma Programme will be held for all interested 10th grade students and their families. This meeting will be very valuable for any student interested in pursuing the IB Programme for their junior and senior years.
The 10th grade meeting will be held in the FHS Library during the school year and include the following information:
- IB “Big Picture” Overview
- IB Diploma Programme Structure
- Application Process- How to Apply
- Q & A Session
The aim of the learner profile developed by IB is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
- Inquirers–They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
- Knowledgeable–They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
- Thinkers–They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
- Communicators–They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
- Principled–They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
- Open-minded–They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
- Caring–They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
- Risk-takers–They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
- Balanced–They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
- Reflective–They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
- What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an internationally recognized program in use in 94 countries. This comprehensive course of study serves highly-motivated college-bound students. It emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning in which the student is an active participant. To receive an IB diploma the student must successfully complete course work and externally graded examinations in six academic areas as well as complete three unique program requirements. The goal of IBDP is to produce critical thinkers with a well-rounded global perspective.
- What is the IB curriculum at Franklin High School?
Students become diploma candidates upon acceptance into the program their junior year. The curriculum includes six subject areas: three higher level subjects taken both the junior and senior year (English IB, Biology IB, History of the Americas IB) and three standard level subjects (foreign language, preferably the fifth year of the language, either Math Studies or Math Methods, an IB elective, either Psychology or third year Theater Arts.) Awarding of credit for each subject of the IBDP is determined by grades from work done throughout the course and score on an externally graded exam.
- What are the three unique requirements of the IB program?
In addition to work in the six academic areas is a cross-curricular course, Theory of Knowledge, which provides students with the opportunity to question, analyze and evaluate the bases of truth and knowledge. Creativity, Action, Service (150 hours) requires that students move beyond the classroom to share and develop special talents in an extracurricular arena. The Extended Essay allows students to independently study an area of special interest utilizing their research and writing skills.
- What qualifies a student for the IBDP?
Students can sign a letter of intent to participate in the pre-IB/honors program as a freshman if they are recommended for honors level English, science, history, and foreign language. Students must have been enrolled in Spanish I or French I (for credit) for the 8th grade year. Students will apply for the IBDP at the end of first semester of their sophomore year. At this time, a committee will evaluate each student’s progress in developing study skills, performance in course work, attitude and responsibility demonstrated while at Franklin High School and make the final selection of IB candidates. The letter of intent is neither an application nor an acceptance into the IBDP. It does not obligate either the student to apply for admittance into the IBDP nor does it obligate Franklin High School to accept the student into the IBDP.
- How is the IB program different from the AP program?
The IB program serves not only the academically talented but also the highly motivated student. Students are required to be involved in intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects in the IB program. Certain courses require students to develop a portfolio of classwork. They must take IB level courses in all academic areas as opposed to only isolated courses in areas of strength. Scores are derived from in class coursework as well as international external assessment. Emphasis is placed on essay writing and verbal communication skills in all areas of coursework.
- What are the advantages of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program? An international perspective on education. Active learning involving critical thinking, independent research and verbal communication. Interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary group and individual projects. Requirement of involvement in extracurricular activities, both school and community. Admission and scholarship opportunities at prestigious universities. College credit at many universities.
- What characteristics must an IBDP candidate exhibit?
As an IB candidate the student must. Have a strong desire to learn. Express him/herself well both orally and in written work. Develop and maintain successful study and time management skills. Think critically. Work well both independently and with others. Participate in diverse activities (including service) outside the classroom. Enjoy learning with an international perspective
Franklin High School is in the process of becoming a full IB World School by implementing the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), designed specifically for students ages 11-16, The programme provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills appropriate to this stage of adolescence. The MYP offers a holistic approach that emphasizes critical thinking skills, global citizenship, and intercultural awareness, as well as traditional school subject.
The programme is utilized internationally as a framework that employs relevant curriculum design, skill-based assessments, as well as latitude for differentiation and community building. We are implementing a globally tested—and proven—approach that balances international mindedness with personalized connections. The “Think Globally, Act Locally” phrase could not be more appropriate.
The Middle Years Programme curriculum consists of eight subject groups explored through six global contexts; identities and relationships, orientations in space and time, personal and cultural identity, globalization and sustainability, fairness and development, and scientific and technical innovation. This curriculum encourages our 9th and 10th grade students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. The focus of the program is on the whole child in terms of physical, intellectual, and emotional-social well being. The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation. The implementation of this programme is a whole-school endeavor.
Why College, Career and Technical Education?
College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start in preparation for college and careers. In CCTE programs students learn how core school subjects like math, science and writing are used in real-life and practical situations. CCTE courses allow students to meet the graduation requirement for an elective focus area by taking three to four courses within a chosen program of study.
Students in CCTE Programs of Study:
- have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training in their chosen program and gain real world experience in the classroom or CCTE lab as well as through job shadowing and work based learning.
- have the opportunity to use state of the art labs, equipment and software specific to the subject area while learning professional level skills that can lead to high paying jobs.
- may earn postsecondary credit by choosing one of the FHS programs of study that offers Advanced Placement, dual credit and dual enrollment.
- may earn nationally recognized certifications, which can be used to jump start a career straight out of high school!
To learn more about CCTE classes, explore the individual Programs of Study offered at FHS in the list below. For answers to questions on specific programs of study you may also contact CCTE teachers on the Faculty and Staff page.
The Architectural & Engineering Design program of study prepares students for a variety of engineering and design professions including architectural, civil, or mechanical design. Students will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills by identifying the relationship between available resources and requirements of a project/problem to accomplish realistic planning. As they progress through the program of study, students create design solutions for increasingly sophisticated problem sets, presenting information through various modes of visual communication such as drawing, rendering, and modeling in combination with verbal and written communication.
Year 1: Architectural & Engineering Design I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Architectural & Engineering Design II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Architectural & Engineering Design III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Architectural & Engineering Design III – 12th grade
- Architectural & Engineering Design III is offered for two credits over two years.
- One credit Architecture concentration and one credit Engineering concentration.
The Automotive Collision Repair program of study prepares students for entry into careers as professional service technicians. Content emphasizes customer service skills, proper use of tools and equipment, safety, shop operations, engine fundamentals, damage analysis, cost estimation, painting and refinishing, and structural and non-structural repair in a hands-on environment.
Year 1: Intro to Collision Repair – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Collision Repair: Non-Structural – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Collision Repair: Painting & Refinishing – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Collision Repair: Damage Analysis, Estimating, & Customer Service – 12th grade
- Classes are limited to 12 – 15 students
- Student certification in I-CAR Non-Structural Technician ProLevel 1
- Student certification in I-CAR Refinish Technician ProLevel 1
Culinary Arts equips students with the skills to pursue careers in the culinary field as a personal chef, caterer, executive chef, and food and beverage manager. Courses cover topics that range from kitchen safety and sanitation, history of the food services industry, careers, nutrition, recipe basics, proper kitchen tools and equipment, and kitchen staples to food presentation, advanced cooking principles, bakeshop preparation skills, professionalism, and business opportunities. Students may gain job experience while still in high school through local and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) competitions and work-based learning.
Year 1: Culinary Arts I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Culinary Arts II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Culinary Arts III – 11th & 12th grade
- Culinary Arts II is two credits / two class periods.
Students in the Digital Arts & Design program of study will develop skills and knowledge in graphic design, computer art and illustration, photography, digital imaging, interactive design, animation and motion graphics, 3-D character design, and multimedia. Using a state of the art iMac lab with Adobe Creative Cloud software students will create real world projects and develop their professional portfolio. After the first year course where students are introduced to many fields of Digital Arts & Design, students may begin to concentrate in one area including design, illustration, photography, animation or choose a more broad combination of these areas of study. Please see information about different concentrations within this program of study on the list of Programs of Study at FHS.
Year 1: Digital Arts & Design I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Digital Arts & Design I – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Digital Arts & Design III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Digital Arts & Design III – 12th grade
- Students may receive Fine Arts credit for DAD I upon completion of three courses in Digital Arts & Design.
- Digital Arts & Design III is offered for two credits over two years. Students may choose DAD III Portfolio or DAD III Animation/Motion Graphics depending on their chosen concentration.
- Students may receive college credit if they submit their final DAD III Studio Art 2D portfolio to AP.
- DAD III/Animation & Motion Graphics may be taken with no prerequisites by upperclassmen.
- Dual credit may be earned through Columbia State Community College or Nossi College of Art. Students earning dual credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for exam/portfolio review. Students earning dual credit through CSCC will also have .75 points added to their GPA.
For information about the Digital Arts & Design program of study contact Melissa Estes.
Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students for careers as an early childhood teacher. Course content covers the components of curriculum planning, student learning, screening and assessing, and many other skills related to teaching. Upon completion of this program of study, students will have had the opportunity to work alongside educators in an internship experience, compile artifacts for a professional portfolio, and graduate prepared for further training at the postsecondary level. Students may gain job experience while still in high school through local and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) competitions and work-based learning.
Year 1: Early Childhood Education Careers I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Early Childhood Education Careers II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Early Childhood Education Careers III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: Teaching as a Profession – 12th grade
- Early Childhood Education Careers II is two credits / two class periods.
- Teaching as a Profession can be taken without prerequisites as an elective.
- Industry Certification aligned courses. Participating students will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for exam. .50 quality points are added to the students GPA.
In the Information Technology program of study, students will develop programming and coding skills as they work on projects of increasing complexity. Emphasis will be on actual programming projects, both individual and group. The major theme of the AP Computer Science A course is problem solving and is comparable to introductory courses in many colleges and universities. Concepts and applications of autonomous vehicle programming are also taught in this program of study. Students will actually assemble and program an autonomous vehicle.
Year 1: Coding I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: Coding Practicum/Autonomous Vehicles I Honors – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: Coding Practicum/Autonomous Vehicles II Honors – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: AP Computer Science A – 12th grade
- Dual credit may be earned through Columbia State Community College. Students earning dual credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for the challenge exam. Students earning dual credit will also have .75 points added to their GPA.
Law Enforcement Services prepares students for a range of careers in law enforcement, crime scene analysis, forensic science, public safety, and criminal justice. Course content emphasizes procedures and laws governing the application of justice in the United States, from constitutional rights to crisis scenario management to the elements of criminal investigations. Upon completion of this program of study (POS), students will be equipped with strong knowledge and skill preparation for postsecondary or career opportunities in many law-enforcement and justice related fields.
Year 1: Criminal Justice I – 10th grade
Year 2: Criminal Justice II – 11th grade
Year 3: Criminal Justice III – 12th grade
- Dual enrollment is offered for post-secondary credit.
The Marketing program of study is designed to prepare students for employment in a career where learned techniques and strategies are used to convey ideas and information through marketing communications. This program of study will also prepare students who want to start, own, and operate their own business. Subject matter is arranged around sequenced, progressive courses that provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of marketing systems and how they are utilized in sales, advertising, public relations, and other marketing services. Course content centers on concepts in business, finance, and marketing; social responsibility and ethics; the marketing mix; economics; market research; product development; and the role of marketing in business. Proficient students will understand selling; branding; packaging; labeling; purchasing; pricing; advertising; promotional concepts; and business financing. Students may gain job experience while still in high school through local Career and Technical Students Organization (CTSO) competitions and through opportunities in work-based learning.
Year 1: Marketing & Management I: Principles – 10th grade
Year 2: Event Planning & Management / Sports & Entertainment focus – 11th grade
Year 3: Entrepreneurship– 12th grade
Year 4: Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum – 12th grade
- Dual credit may be earned through Columbia State Community College. Students earning dual credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for the challenge exam. Students earning dual credit through CSCC will also have .75 points added to their GPA.
The Medical Sciences program of study prepares students for healthcare careers by teaching concepts such as anatomy and physiology, CPR/first aid, environmental and community health, and growth and development. Students will discover the impact of disease and sickness on the body as they step into the roles of epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, doctors, and clinical researchers. This program of study will prepare students to pursue careers such as audiology, cardiology, imaging, medical laboratory, radiography, nuclear medicine, stereotactic radiosurgery, respiratory therapist, clinical laboratory technician, pathologist, medical physician, and others.
Year 1: Health Science – 10th grade
Year 2: Anatomy and Physiology Honors – 11th grade
Year 3: Diagnostic Medicine– 12th grade
- Anatomy and Physiology Honors can fulfill one science credit.
The TV & Film Production program of study is designed for students interested in a range of entertainment and news media fields. Course content centers on production of various television, cinema, radio, and other audio and video products, including commercials, music, news, interactive programming, and film. Students complete all phases of the production process including planning, coordinating, capturing, editing, and distributing productions. Topics include but are not limited to concept creation, scripting, interviewing, budgeting, scheduling, set design, engineering, field and studio production, and editing, and, as well operating production equipment such as cameras, lights, and audio equipment. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be prepared to seek employment or advanced training as an audio and video equipment technician, camera operator, film and video editor, multimedia artist and animator, broadcast technician, and many other careers in entertainment and media.
Year 1: TV and Film Production I – 9th & 10th grade
Year 2: TV and Film Production II – 10th & 11th grade
Year 3: TV and Film Production III – 11th & 12th grade
Year 4: TV and Film Production III – 12th grade
- TV and Film Production III is offered for two credits over two years.
- Dual enrollment from MTSU and dual credit from Columbia State Community College is offered for post-secondary credit for TV/Film III. Students earning dual credit will receive 4 extra points to the first semester and 4 points to the second semester if they sit for exam/portfolio review. Students earning dual credit through CSCC will also have .75 points added to their GPA.
JROTC is a program provided jointly by Williamson County Schools and the United States Department of Defense. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.
How Does JROTC Prepare Students?
Students completing courses in the the JROTC program will be prepared for responsible leadership roles while becoming aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens.
To learn more about the FHS JROTC program contact Major (Retired) Jay Massey or Sgt. Daniel Moore under the JROTC tab on our Faculty and Staff page.