Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School to increase enrollment

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November 7, 2018
Scott Calzolaio
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FRANKLIN – Next year’s enrollment at Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School will be bigger than ever.

With the anticipated opening of a new 72,000-square-foot school building for the 2019-20 school year, the enrollment lottery will be open to 302 new students ranging from K-5.

A lottery will select 92 kindergartners and 42 students in each grade from first to fifth. In the current building, said Executive Director Heather Zolnowski, the school has only been able to accept 50 kindergarten students.

“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to be able to open our school and academic program to more families,” she said.

Typically, she said, about 500 people apply for those 50 spots and many are placed on waiting lists. That gives those families a much higher chance of getting their child into the school of their choice.

“Opening up our school to 200 or 300 new families is really exciting,” she said. “It’s something we’ve been preparing for for the last couple of years.”

Enrollment opened on Nov. 2 and the school will be accepting applications through Feb. 27. The lottery takes place on March 6.

Applicants for grades 6-8 will receive a wait-list position during this year’s enrollment lottery. Those students will be offered a spot in class if any openings become available.

The lottery gives precedence to siblings of current students and children who live in the region, but otherwise, she said, “Our lottery is open to any student in the state of Massachusetts.”

To apply for enrollment, visit for more information. Printed copies of applications are available at local public libraries throughout the region served by the school (Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Milville, Norfolk, Plainville, Upton, Walpole and Wrentham), at the Franklin YMCA and in the school’s front office.