The Ben Franklin Academy

Quick Facts

Results: 9 - 12 Co-ed

Student Body: 125

Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1 (AM), 2:1 (PM)

School Colors: Navy and White

Mascot: Patriots

AP's Offered: 20

Foreign Languages: 9

International Students: 10%

Founded: 1987

About BFA


BFA at a Glance

The Ben Franklin Academy is an independent, progressive, college-prep high school. We teach a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, tailored to each student’s individual learning style, needs, and special interests.

At BFA, we are committed to individualized instruction and mastery learning. Our students often have not been well served by traditional schools. We offer another way. Here you will find a caring community of learners, where students develop deep relationships with their teachers and advisors, work in settings designed to encourage their best efforts, and become responsible, self-directed young men and women who are ready to excel at college and beyond.

  • We are small by design with enrollment around 125 each year.

  • We offer several sessions:

  • The student/teacher ratio is about 3:1 in the Morning Session.

  • The student/teacher ratio is about 2:1 in the Afternoon Session.

  • Clubs and Activities offered include Philanthropy Club, Green Club, Game Club, Junior Classical League, Jazz/Funk Ensemble, and Folk/Rock Ensemble.

  • We have an extensive and challenging Drama Program.

  • We offer 17 AP Courses and honors classes in most subjects, as well as Engineering courses.

  • Student athletes find our programs to be flexible enough to support their competition schedule.

  • Young entrepreneurs find our programs to be flexible enough to support their business ventures.

  • Student musicians find the programs to be flexible enough to support their practice and performance schedule.

Headmaster

Dr. Wood Smethurst

B.A. in Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A.T. in Elementary Education, Emory University
Ed.D. in Reading & Curriculum, Harvard University

 

Doc Smethurst Headmaster Ben Franklin Academy

Accreditation

BFA is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). We are members of AAAIS, GHSA, GISA and the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national network of schools committed to redesigning their instructional programs to ensure that students demonstrate mastery over essential skills and areas of knowledge.