The beginning of a new school year is a joyous time at Franklin Academy. Our students are eager to return to campus. Above all, they enjoy the solidarity of belonging to a natural peer group that exhibits similar strengths, shared interests, and comparable challenges. As a result, friendships blossom. One should not underestimate the positive impact of this transformative experience. Everyone wants to belong. Furthermore, having friends helps to build self-esteem, and feeling good about oneself becomes a key to unlocking the potential of every student. In the end, what educational goal could be more important?