Rising to the Challenge


A great School that goes the distance, Franklin Academy is exceeding all expectations! Rising to the challenge of this unprecedented time, Franklin Academy can rely on a foundational component of our innovative program – our team approach.  Each team has seven adults who plan and deliver a holistic educational program for 18-24 students.  This model allows for flexibility in adapting to the needs of our students and enables us to design and implement quality programming, even if it is at a distance!

Franklin students are currently engaged in a fantastic program we created that is true to our mission, called Cyber Franklin. The challenge: to deliver not just academic classes (as most other schools are doing), but to continue teaching skills in executive functioning, social cognition, emotional regulation, and self-care – all of which are at the heart of our program. Our students are now in school from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, very much like they were when they were with us on campus. The day starts with a community meeting, then includes all classes (including electives), individual time with instructors, team meetings, a check-in with their counselor, study hall, clubs, activities, residential lessons, social time with peers, and even room checks! There is built-in downtime, as well as time dedicated to parent support.

Students and parents love Cyber Franklin, feeling very connected and supported. We are so impressed with our faculty and staff and could not be more proud of how they have risen to this challenge. We are Franklin Strong!

The Latest From the Headmaster

Wish you could visit campus? Interact with administrators? See students? Meet other parents?  

Well, in this trying time, we have created opportunities for you to live chat (at a distance, of course!) with those who know Franklin well. Please join us for informal question and answer sessions via Zoom.

Each Tuesday morning from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, beginning on April 14, you can talk live with Cindy Pope, Admissions Director, and Rebecca Hays, Program Director. Find out more about Franklin Academy or speak about your student specifically, Cindy and Rebecca are happy to discuss your needs, and answer any questions you may have, or just chat about our innovative program.

Every Thursday evening from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, beginning on April 16, you can live chat with the Headmaster, Fred Weissbach, the Admissions Director, Cindy Pope, and the Program Director, Rebecca Hays. Find out more about Franklin Academy, talk about your student, or simply chat about a great school going the distance!

After participating in a live chat session, we will share the dates and times of live chats with students and parents if you want to continue the conversation.

You will need to register to get access to these live discussions, so please email abrown@fa-ct.org or call 860-873-2700 ext. 1114. We look forward to meeting you!