Work-Study Program

"It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man."Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin Academy is authorized by the State of Georgia to offer a shortened academic school day for those students in the Work-Study Program. BFA students attend either a morning or an afternoon session, with the requirement that they hold a part-time paid internship or volunteer position while they are enrolled.* Students are expected to work ten to fifteen hours per week for a minimum of 15 weeks per semester (minimum of 150 hours). Students must successfully complete their work-study requirement to earn a BFA diploma. What students learn from their work experiences constitutes an important part of BFA's curriculum. Students discuss work issues with their work-study advisors on a regular basis. Although students are expected to find their own jobs, they are supported in the search process by a BFA faculty member, who serves as a work-study advisor. 

Students enrolled in one of the Longer Day Options do not have to participate in the Work-Study Program. 

Work-Study Faculty Advisory Committee

Just as all BFA students have an academic advisor who monitors their progress through the completion of their academic program, students in the Work-Study Program also have a work-study advisor who oversees their job performance. Other resources are provided by members of our staff: Barry Dunnavant and Jan Bedol.

Did you know?

Ben Franklin Academy students in the Work-Study program can attend either the Morning or Afternoon sessions. 

BFA also has two Longer Day Options without work-study requirements.


Work-Study School Schedules

Morning Work-Study Schedule

7:30 AM Arrival of Designated Teachers/Staff for School Opening
7:45 AM Teachers Arrive
7:45 – 8:00 AM Students Arrive (Tardy after 8:00 a.m. – sign in at office)
8:00 – 8:10 AM Morning Meeting/School Announcements Meeting with Advisors (dress code check, daily plan)
8:11 – 8:50 AM Class Period 1
8:51 – 9:30 AM Class Period 2
9:31 – 10:00 AM Break and Mid-morning Meeting/Current Events (Senior House) Mid-morning Meeting/Current Events and Break (Junior House)
10:01 – 10:40 AM Class Period 3
10:41 – 11:20 AM

Class Period 4

11:21 – 11-30 AM Check in with Advisor; Clean-up and Dismissal
11:31 – 12:30 PM Lunch/Study Hall/Clubs/Faculty Meetings


Afternoon Work Study Schedule

11:31-12:30 PM

Lunch/Study Hall/Clubs/Faculty Meetings

12:15 – 12:30 Afternoon Students Arrive (Tardy after 12:30 p.m.)

12:30 – 12:40 PM

Afternoon Meeting/School Announcements

Meeting with Advisors (dress code check, daily plan)

12:41 – 1:20 PM Class Period 1
1:21 – 2:00 PM Class Period 2
2:01 – 2:30 PM

Break or Mid-afternoon Meeting/Current Events (Senior House)

Mid-afternoon Meeting/Current Events and Break (Junior House)

2:31 – 3:10 PM Class Period 3
3:11 – 3:50 PM Class Period 4
3:51 – 4:00 PM Check in with Advisor; Clean-up and dismissal
Work Study Requirements

Minimum of 10 hours per week

Minimum of 15 weeks per semester*

Minimum of 150 hours per semester*

*Pro-rated for students entering mid semester

Work Study Advisors

Jan Bedol

Jan Bedol

Barry Dunnavant

Barry Dunnavant