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Benjamin Franklin High School-Home of the Electrons
Located at Broad & Spring Garden Streets in Center City

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BFHS now offers SchoolCash Online. Pay online for school fees, trips, etc. Learn more and register HERE

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Upcoming Dates

Summer Supports

August 2024 –  5 Student Days

  • Main office open for registration  – August 2, 5-7, 12-16, 19-23
  • Friday, August 16, 2024 – New teacher orientation – 10:00 am
  • Monday, August 19, 2024 – 9th grade & new student orientation
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2024 – First day back for all teachers and staff
  • Monday,  August 26, 2024 – FIRST DAY of SCHOOL 8:15 AM

September 2024 – 20 Student Days

  • Monday, September 2, 2024 – Labor Day – Schools are closed for students and staff
  • Friday, September 27, 2024 – Staff Professional Development (Half Day): 3-hour early Dismissal for students

October 2024 – 21 Student Days

  • Thursday, October 3, 2024 – Rosh Hashanah: Schools are closed for students and staff
  • Monday, October 14, 2024 – Indigenous People’s Day of Learning (In-school day)
  • Friday, October 25, 2024 – Staff Professional Development (Full Day); Schools are closed for students

November 2024 – 17 Student Days

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2024 – Election Day; Schools are closed for students and staff
  • Friday, November 15, 2024 – Term 1 Report Card Conferences – Schools are closed for students
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2024 – 3-hour Early Dismissal for Students and Staff
  • Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, 2024 – Thanksgiving Recess; Schools are closed for students and staff

December 2024 – 15 Student Days

  • Friday, December 13, 2024 – Staff Professional Development (Half Day); 3-hour Early Dismissal for students
  • December 23 – 31, 2024 – Winter Recess: Schools are closed for students and staff

New Enrollments (NEW to the district or coming from Charter–not transferring from another Philadelphia district school) registration is online-

Transfer Enrollments (coming from another School District of Philadelphia High School) first, please confirm that we are your neighborhood school then contact the main office 215-400-7600 for an appointment to bring 2 proofs of address and complete enrollment paperwork (submit address proofs electronically to ahead of time if you’d like).

Benjamin Franklin School Plan 2023 – 2024. Families are encouraged to visit the School District of Philadelphia Link below and review our school plan.

Benjamin Franklin School Plan 2023-24 SY

School Plans 2023-24

Have questions?
We can be reached at, Phone 215-400-7600, or Fax 215-400-7601

State Graduation Requirements!

Parent Portal sign up have access to your student’s attendance and grades in real-time

2024-2025 School Year Calendar School starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:19 pm daily.

Was your child absent from school?

Please complete this ABSENCE FORM [Link to Google Form] to document and excuse their absence. Parents can provide an Absence Excuse Note for up to Eight (8) Absences.

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  • If you have never picked up a District Chromebook we have one for you!
  • If you already have a Chromebook and it needs to be repaired or replaced, you can bring it to school (room 244, when you get to school at 8:15) or you can visit one of the Parent & Family Tech Support Centers. You can find the 3 addresses at
  • The centers will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.
  • Lost Chromebooks require parental confirmation of the loss to issue a new device.
  • Lost Chargers require community service to replace.
  • If you need home internet access, you can dial 2-1-1 for the PHLConnectEd Hotline.

Parent & Family Technology Support Hotline

Contact Info: 215-400-4444


Attention families: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that a school with certain exceptions obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, a school may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the school to the contrary in accordance with school district procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow schools to include information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.

Parents who wish to opt their students out of directory information releases must complete an Opt-Out Form for each of their students, and must return each form to the school at which each student is enrolled by November 6, 2023.

Find more information, including the forms you need HERE