The News and Status

Updated: June 8th 2017

We are officially off probation!

State Charter Board staff described the “remarkable progress” the school has made to the Board, and they recognized that progress by improving our status from probation to “warning." The warning status is a natural next step in how state oversight works for charter schools. In our case, we are thrilled to be off probation after only four months when probation typically lasts for one-year.

Our remarkable progress is a testament to the commitment and dedication of our staff and demonstrates the resolve we have to continue creating an exceptional educational experience for our students. We also thank all of you as parents for believing in the school and the model by supporting us during the probation.

The Board voted on a warning status that is effective through March 2018, at which point we will meet with them again to evaluate next steps. Being on warning means we will continue to receive oversight (but at a lesser level) and support from the State Charter Board staff for the purpose of ensuring that our positive progress continues and that the systems and processes we have put in place are sustainable.

We will welcome their feedback and support as we as we fine-tune aspects of the school. Thank you again for all of the wonderful parental support.


February 2017: News Reports & Probation Information

Franklin Discovery Academy was recently (late Feb 2017) the subject of significantly inaccurate media reports and rumors.  These reports claimed student safety incidents that simply did not happen or were greatly exaggerated.  A perfect storm of circumstances led to the school being placed on probation by the state charter board.  As a first year charter school starting an incredibly complicated model from scratch, it is not a surprise we haven't had a perfect first year.  However, the school has also had many successes, but most importantly, the school is safe for students.  

The week after the probation, we had visits from the State Fire Marshall, State Risk Management Officer, the Health Department, and the Utah County Sheriff's Office.  All have judged the school safe for students.  Many of our probation requirements are to document programs and processes already in place.  The staff is hard at work to comply with those requirements.  Other probationary requirements are to "sharpen the saw" on our procedures under the direction of a state-approved mentor.  Although the process of completing all of the probationary requirements is time-consuming, we feel we will emerge an even stronger school.  Our school is a living, breathing place that thrives on continuous improvement.  Even prior to the probation, we "tweaked" our procedures about every 7 weeks, with each iteration being better than the one before.  The probation requirements are stretching us, but it all fits in with our goals to become an educational wonderland never before seen in Utah.  One can never have too much help on such an ambitious endeavor, and so we've been grateful to the many parents and supporters who have pitched in to help.  If you are a new parent considering Franklin Discovery, and would like to hear directly from a current parent about these events, please feel free to contact us.