Benjamin Franklin High School

Admissions Criteria

If you apply on-time and qualify, you will be offered placement at Ben Franklin.

Live in Orleans Parish

Your child must live in Orleans Parish in order to attend Benjamin Franklin High School. The school cannot admit any student not residing in Orleans Parish, regardless of circumstance.  

Residency in Orleans Parish must be proven with 3 of the following residency documents: 

  • Lease or mortgage information
  • Homestead Exemption form 
  • Property tax bill  
  • Homeowners or flood insurance
  • Auto insurance
  • Medical insurance       
  • Telephone bill
  • Entergy bill
  • PrSewerage & Water Board bill
  • Cable or internet service bill     
  • Payroll check stub with home address
  • Government Agency letter/notice 

Students must maintain Orleans Parish residency throughout their tenure at the school. Otherwise, they will be required to withdraw. 

Meet Our Academic Criteria

Admissions Test

All applicants must take the admissions test. View our Admissions Calendar for testing dates and our Admissions Policy for more information concerning testing. All students will be scheduled to take the admissions test at Franklin upon verification of the online admissions application, along with the applicant’s birth certificate and residency documents.


Students must have earned a minimum 2.0 GPA in academic courses, with no failing grades, as documented by the mid-year report card. They must maintain that GPA for the duration of the school year after admittance, and it must be confirmed by year-end report card.

Criteria for Acceptance

1) Residency in Orleans Parish that has been proven with three residency documents in the parent or legal guardian’s name.

2) 88 matrix points (108 points for incoming juniors) are earned from a combination of your admissions test scores and your grades. For more information, please reference our Admissions Matrix.

3) Promotion by the current school to ninth grade with no failing grades in academic subjects and a minimum 2.0 GPA in academic courses as documented by the mid-year report card. They must maintain that GPA for the duration of the school year after admittance, and it must be confirmed by year-end report card.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept incoming 12th graders, students after the school year has begun, or non-Orleans Parish residents.

Follow the Deadlines

Admissions Portal opened: September 28, 2020

Last day for “on-time” application: Jan. 22, 2021

Test Dates:
•Nov. 14 & 15, 2020 (must register by Nov. 6)
•Dec. 12 & 13, 2020 (must register by Dec. 4)
•Jan. 9, 2021 (must register by Jan. 1)
•Feb. 6, 2021 (must register by Jan. 29)
•March 13, 2021 (must register by March 5)
•April 17, 2021 (must register by April 2)

If you have further questions, please contact us.
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Benjamin Franklin High School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, genetic information, marital status or association with a protected individual.

Title IX Coordinator: Donald Jackson
M. 504-286-2600
O. 504-359-7932