Franklin Elementary School

  • Rederings of proposed modifications to Frankln elementary School
    Photos of renderings for Franklin campus. Renderings capture concepts and possible future projects.

    Franklin Community Meeting

    Community Meeting October 2023

    Community Meeting

    Presentation of new Franklin school plans

    Community meeting re Franklin school

    Franklin Elementary School Hosts Community Meeting
    Thank you for coming out on Oct. 26, 2023 to support Franklin's Community Meeting!
    View Franklin Elementary School's Campus Plan here.
    Watch Franklin Elementary School's Community Meeting here.

    Meeting Participants

    Franklin Elementary School's California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Community Meeting
    Thank you for coming out on Dec. 14, 2022 to support Franklin's CEQA Community Meeting!
    View Franklin PowerPoint here.
    Franklin Campus Plan MND

    Neighbors attend the Franklin Community meeting on March 8, 2022
    Presenting future building projects at the Franklin Community meeting on March 8, 2022
    Man perusing renderings of proposed projects at the Franklin Community meeting on March 8, 2022
    Franklin Elementary School's Future Facility Community Meeting, March 8, 2022
    Thank you for coming out on March 8, 2022 to support Franklin Elementary School's Future Facility Community Meeting!
    Watch Franklin's Future Facility Community Meeting presentation here

    View Franklin's Future Facility PowerPoint here.

    See photo slideshow from community meeting here.

    Draft Historic Resources Reports

    The Board of Education adopted the Historic Resources Policy (BP & AR 7113) at their February 9, 2021 meeting. They directed the review of the facility by historic resources consultants to determine potential historic resources. Attached are the historic resources reports prepared by the Architectural Resources Group and Historical Resources Group. These reports identify facilities that would potentially be considered eligible for listing under the National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historical Resources, or City of Santa Monica Designated Historic Resources.

    Franklin Elementary:

    Executive Summary of Historic Resources visit:

    Modernization Updates

    The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is moving forward with its extensive modernization and construction projects at Franklin Elementary School.  Check out what we’re completing:

    Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

    • The new HVAC system is nearly complete and provides fresh ventilated air, more efficient heat in the winter and cooling in the summer.
    • Thermostats will allow the systems to be sustainable.
    • The new  HVAC systems are now in use providing students a comfortable learning space and a healthier safer environment during the pandemic.

    Fire Alarm Systems

    • The new alarm system is voice activated. 
    • System identifies the specific room in trouble.
    • The existing fire alarm systems at Grant will remain functional until the new systems are completely certified by the end of April.
    • This should reduce false alarms.


    • The new furniture supports flexibility, and allows for differing modes of learning, thus, improving student engagement.
    • New student desks have been installed throughout classrooms.

    New Classroom Technology

    • New light emitting diodes
    • State-of-the-art projectors for whiteboards

    Exterior Painted and New Windows

    • Fresh coat of paint on trims. 
    • Window features were replaced throughout campus, which help bring in natural lighting.  

    Classroom Refresh

    • New carpeting was installed.
    • Non-wax flooring throughout classrooms.
    • Walk off mats at every entrance.
    • Interior of classrooms painted.

    Security Cameras

    • Security cameras have been fully installed, programmed and staff have been trained in the operation of the security system.
    • Security cameras are located around the perimeter of the campus and outdoor areas.
    • They will support increased safety and property management.

    New bell clock and Public Address System

    • This system is vital for daily communications and emergency response, especially during lockdown.

    What’s next

    Architects and district staff are working to envision possible projects to improve the campus to help prepare for the ways children will learn and help prepare students for 21st century jobs.

    In June, an online community meeting was held, during which this campus assessment, which includes proposed changes to campus, was presented.

    Based on feedback from that meeting and meetings with educators, administrators and staff, architects are fine tuning the proposals, estimating costs and proposing the order in which projects would be done. Chosen projects would be funded by bonds from Measure SMS, passed by voters in 2018.

    Another meeting will be held in September. When it’s available, you’ll be able to find the meeting schedule at the campus assessment page. (link to assessment page.) You’ll also be able to learn more about the campus assessment process itself.

    Franklin Facilities Update - Fall 2021
    Franklin ES School Construction Updates
    Building Futures / Futoro de los Edificios