About Us

Franklin Community Schools

Student-Centered. Innovative.

Our school district is located 20 miles south of Indianapolis and 90 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky on Interstate 65 and U.S. 31. Our schools are located in the three middle townships of Johnson County.

A popular suburban community and county seat, Franklin has experienced a population growth of 8.9 % since 2000. As expected, Franklin Community Schools has experienced growth as well. We have added more than 1,000 students since 2000 and today serve nearly 5,000 in grades K through 12.

Our commitment to creating a rich culture anchored to individual student growth, transformative experiences and world-class instruction is unmatched.       

Curricular and extracurricular opportunities allow students to explore possibilities like farm-to-table experiences with the Ag Department, Harvard Model Congress, eSports, cybersecurity and Project Lead the Way. Through our physical education programming, students at Franklin can bike down Grizzly Cub Drive.  

Students have opportunities to explore STEM, the arts, work-based learning and service learning. Students can travel abroad to France, Switzerland, Germany and our sister city, Kuji, Japan.    

Our students compete at any level and attend colleges, universities and military academies across the nation. FCS help students engage as domestic and global citizens as they venture to their next adventure, whether that be the military, technical school, professional school, college, the workforce or an unexpected opportunity. Franklin graduates are ready for anything. 



Our teachers and administrators are committed to excellence and are recognized at the state and national levels. From left:

  • Rusty Hughes, Indiana Coach of the Year, 2022.
  • Mark Heiden, Indiana Elementary Principal of the Year, 2018
  • Molly Leuken, Elementary Indiana Music Education Association Teacher of the Year, 2022
  • Dr. David Clendening, Indiana Superintendent of the Year, 2022 
  • Eric Jenkins, 2024 Indiana Teacher of the Year, 2024
  • Monica Anderson,  ISCA School Counselor of the Year, 2025
  • Katie Smith, Association of School Principals Elementary Principal of the Year, 2023

What to Know

Our Commitment

Where education is student-centered and innovative and learners are inspired to become great!

Together, we empower greatness in all learners through collaboration, dynamic partnerships and rich experiences that develop a world-class learning environment.

Individual Student Growth

Franklin Community Schools will provide learning experiences that maximize individual student potential.


Franklin Community Schools will share and receive information in a clear, concise and timely manner.

Systemic Continuous Improvement

Franklin Community Schools will utilize a fluid process that engages stakeholders in defining, analyzing and evaluating possible solutions.


Franklin Community Schools will provide opportunities for teachers, students, support staff and administrative leaders to work together to achieve common goals.


Franklin Community Schools will build an atmosphere of confidence through an open and transparent environment.

Schools are required to submit annually a School Improvement Plan to the Indiana Department of Education.  
School improvement teams may include administrators, teachers, parents and community members from each school. The teams meet throughout the year to collect and analyze data, define areas of strengths and concerns and determine strategies and goals to address those concerns.  
Each school's School Improvement Plan is aligned with our district's goals.
2024-2025 FCS School Improvement Plans
Creekside Elementary
Needham Elementary
Northwood Elementary
Union Elementary
Webb Elementary
Custer Baker Intermediate School
Franklin Community Middle School
Franklin Community High School


Learn more about the wide-ranging options for our students, including advanced placement, college core and special education.


Find out about the administrative and support teams that make our school district function efficiently and effectively.

School Performance

Review graduation rates, literacy scores, SAT averages and other essential data about our district.


Get to know our administrators and the elected school board members who guide and direct our district.


Learn about Franklin Education Connection, our foundation that supports innovative, creative and proven ways to help students learn.

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Distinguished Alumni

FCS Hall of Fame

The Franklin Community High School Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 2014 to honor distinguished FCHS graduates, such as late Gov. Roger Branigin, Class of 1919 (pictured).

Those enshrined are role models in business, education, government, sports, fine arts and citizenship - and have been recognized for their professional and personal contributions.

Other noted FCHS alumni in the hall include professional athletes George Crowe and Jon McGlocklin, noted educators Alva O. Neal and Jane Hughey and U.S. presidential advisor Max Friedersdorf.

Gov. Roger Branigan l Franklin Community Schools Hall of Fame