Academics & Athletics


At Franklin Academy, we follow clear, consistent, measurable guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Standards and benchmarks are important because they:

  1. Identify the knowledge and skills developed for a specific grade level, grade band, or developmental level
  2. Help define the course credit requirements for graduation
  3. Serve as a guide for the adoption and design of curricula

Consistent standards provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.

Franklin Academy uses:

  • Common Core State Standards for math and English Language Arts
  • Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards for social studies
  • Minnesota benchmarks for physical education

The standards below are used for other key content areas:

  • Art Education: National Visual Art Standards
  • Science: Next Generation Science Standards
  • Health: National Health Education Standards
  • Spanish: National Standards for Foreign Language Education


Athletics at Franklin Academy empower students with opportunities to develop leadership skills, practice good sportsmanship and discover the importance of teamwork. There are no formal tryouts, and all interested students are eligible to participate.

Flag Football

Special Olympics Minnesota LogoMinnesota State High School LogoUnified Flag Football is for students in grades 7-12 interested in learning and participating in the sport of Flag Football. Students will learn about different strategies and tactics to play Flag Football, as well as learning about teamwork and sportsmanship. Breck High School students will be our unified partners again this year. Students will participate in two required tournaments and possible scrimmages throughout the season.

Flag Football runs from the beginning of September through the end of October. 

Poly Hockey

Poly hockey is adapted from the game of ice hockey and played indoors on a gymnasium floor. The athletes use plastic sticks and soft plastic pucks. Athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level and age. We will participate in poly hockey tournaments through Special Olympics.

Poly Hockey  runs from the beginning of November through the beginning of December 

Tournaments: TBD


Basketball is a Special Olympic-sponsored sport for any student in grades 5-12. Students will engage in the various strategies and tactics in playing the game of basketball, as well as learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and life skills. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in various tournaments throughout the season.

Basketball season will now be during the summer months.


Hit the lanes with Franklin Academy! Each week, we will head to Park Tavern in St. Louis Park for bowling and fun. Franklin Academy will provide transportation, shoe rental, and bowling. Beginners welcome. Our Special Olympics Unified partners, Breck, will be joining us for two practices and some students may be eligible to compete in the SOMN State Bowling Competition on November 30th. Spaces are limited, spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email Kaitlin Walsh to sign up.

Upper school students. Each Tuesday, November 27th – January 22nd.

Track and Field

Special Olympics Track and Field offers a wide range of events and skills for each participant. Students of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Students will learn how to compete in a variety of events, such as the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put, relay teams, tennis ball throw, and other events. Students will develop their skills as an individual and further develop their teamwork sportsmanship, and other skills through Track and Field.

Track and Field runs from mid-April through the end of May.

Cooperative Athletic Opportunities

Additionally, we are a member of the Eastern Minnesota Athletic Conference (EMAC) and affiliated with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). Athletic opportunities listed below are offered through other schools as a cooperative sponsorship with Franklin Academy.

Baseball Boys JV/Varsity (Grades 9–12) – Breck