New Beginnings at Franklin Elementary School
Elyria City Schools

In March 2014, The Stocker Foundation Board approved a $1.25 million dollar grant ($250,000 each of 5 years) to increase academic achievement for students (preschool through grade five). The overall goals of the grant are to:

  1. Increase kindergarten readiness;
  2. Emphasize the development of reading skills as well as a student’s ability to read at or above grade level by third grade;
  3. Demonstrate the many ways in which art and technology supports high-level student learning and achievement; and
  4. Engage parents and the community in overall student learning.

New Beginnings consists of two preschool classrooms for 4-year-old children (40 students). Children attend preschool from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm four days each week. All other students (K-5) attend class from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm which equates to 45 minutes of additional instruction time. Tablet stations and carts are available throughout the school and a full-time technology coach is on-hand to help staff embed technology into the curriculum. The extensive arts-inspired learning includes residencies at each grade level that is aligned with curriculum, parent workshops that support arts learning outside of the classroom and demonstrating to parents the reasons why arts are so important for academic achievement. Additionally, parent computer courses are held throughout the school year, facilitated by Lorain County Community College.

The Five-Year Grant spans the following school years:

  • Year One: 2014-15
  • Year Two: 2015-16
  • Year Three: 2016-17
  • Year Four: 2017-18
  • Year Five: 2018-19

The video diaries will be updated quarterly, highlighting various aspects of student learning and project outcomes.

Inspired Learning at Franklin Elementary School

Welcome to your neighborhood school: Franklin Elementary School!