Overview of our High School Program
A College Bound Program
We believe that every student should graduate from high school ready for college. Our high program exceeds North Carolina’s high school graduation requirements. Students select from Honors, AP, or standard level courses. Franklin also partners with North Carolina School of Science and Math, offering students the opportunity to complete rigorous STEM courses while they are enrolled at Franklin. We offer a wide range of elective courses, including theatre, visual arts, and choral and instrumental music. Students can participate in programs like Model UN, Science Olympiad, and math competitions, or experience outdoor education programs like Adventure Education and kayaking.
AP and Dual Credit Courses
Students can earn college credit by successfully completing AP courses. Franklin currently offers five AP courses and plans to continue expanding our offerings, providing students the option to demonstrate readiness for the rigor of college courses.
Students can also earn college credit through the AB Tech Career and College Promise program. Beginning in their junior year, students may enroll in AB Tech courses, earning high school and college credit, in lieu of elective courses offered at Franklin. Courses are tuition-free. You can learn more about this program here: https://www.abtech.edu/ccp
As a college-bound program, Franklin encourages students to meet the minimum admission requirements for NC public universities, successfully completing at least 2 years of a language. Franklin offers French, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Students choosing ASL are encouraged to confirm that the college of their choice accepts ASL as a foreign language.
Students engage as active citizens, contributing to their local and global communities through meaningful community service. Students must complete 50 hours of community service prior to graduation; students who provide 100 or more hours of service are recognized at graduation with the school’s Service Endorsement. Service hour opportunities are incorporated in Crew and Expeditions; students are also responsible for community service outside of school time.
Senior Capstone Project and Internship
During their senior year, students polish the skills they need to successfully transition from high school on to the next level of their education. Through the Senior Capstone Project, students select a topic of interest, and complete an independent research project. The project includes a written research paper, 40 hours of an internship with a local business or organization, 20 hours of related community service, and a culminating multimedia presentation to a panel consisting of school leader and community members. Examples of Senior Capstone Projects from our first graduating class include internships in sports management at UNC Asheville, blacksmithing, management of a ski resort, veterinarian technician, education, and music production, culminating in the production and release of a CD.