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Franklin Academy is the fulfillment of a long-held dream among educators, parents, and consultants who realized that many schools across the country were not yet ready to meet the complex, multi-faceted needs of bright and talented students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Asperger's Syndrome, especially those seeking a comprehensive college preparatory education.
Our school was incorporated in November of 2001. A board of trustees was created and start-up funding was secured. Franklin Academy's administrative team was hired and began a year of preliminary work in July of 2002. Approval to operate a boarding school for students with NLD, ASD, and AS was granted by the Connecticut State Department of Education, $2.5 million was invested in school facilities on our 75-acre campus, and teachers were recruited. Finally, we opened our doors on September 10, 2003 with thirty-three students enrolled. During the year the IRS awarded to Franklin Academy its tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 status, and The College Board approved the school as a SAT test center (we soon became a test center for the ACT as well). The school graduated its first class seniors on June 12, 2004. Since then the school has become fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the enrollment has slowly and surely grown to 100 students.
As Franklin Academy moves through its second decade of service, we are particularly proud of our 200 graduates who are successfully embracing the challenges of college, career, and contemporary adult life. We are also excited about two new initiatives that are now being set in motion. First, we are piloting a innovative school-based teacher certification program with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Second, we have begun a collaboration with Post University that will permit dual matriculation of our postgraduate students, allowing them to earn certificates, an Associates Degree, or a Bachelor’s Degree while enrolled at Franklin Academy.