About Us

What is a Special School District?

Established in 1906 by the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the Franklin Special School District is a public school system serving pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students in eight schools within the beautiful historic city of Franklin, Tennessee. A special act of the legislature in 1949 allowed the district to make changes in its funding sources, thus becoming the first special school district in Tennessee. This change in status gave the School Board the authority to approve its own budget and levy taxes to fund education. From that point forward, the school district would be known as the Franklin Special School District.

Watch the video below to see all of the other reasons we are SPECIAL!

What Makes FSSD Special?

Enjoy this video showcasing the many reasons that the FSSD is so special to the families and students its serves!

Vision Statement

“Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All”  

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Franklin Special School District is to foster academic, social, emotional, physical, and creative development in each student; to instill a desire to continue learning; to nurture respect for all people; and to promote responsible citizenship.

The Franklin Special School District will systematically seek to:

  • Develop a community of learners that emphasizes academics along with kindness, encouragement, caring, and compassion.
  • Provide a comprehensive array of instructional programs and experiences for students that focus on all essential areas of education and child development.
  • Encourage collaboration and shared decision-making involving teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and community members.
  • Emphasize continuous improvement and a constant search for better ways of educating students and managing the school district in an effective and efficient manner

District Details

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The Franklin Special School District holds the following beliefs:

  • An excellent teaching and learning environment where success is celebrated is essential.
  • Learning thrives in an environment where differing viewpoints are respected.
  • Everyone can learn when instruction is differentiated to meet individual needs.
  • Every individual is valued and respected.
  • Parents must be actively engaged in the education of their children.
  • Challenging fine arts curricula and strong physical education programs are necessary to enhance the whole learner.
  • Curricula should be rigorous and relevant to real life.
  • Life-long learning is inspired by creating an atmosphere of curiosity.
  • Parental and community involvement is essential to successful schools.

Great schools are central to strong communities!

Honors and Awards

2022-2023 Exemplary District with logos of FSSD and Tennessee Department of Education
logos of the Tennessee Department of Education and FSSD with text: Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Reward Schools
a logo that reads 2023 Community Choice Awards Williamson County Winner

Best Employer with Over 500 Employees

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Green badge for district certification

All schools have demonstrated a commitment to responsible, effective technology use.

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Best Employer with Over 500 Employees

Best Example of Sustainable Classroom award badge
badge with text that says Winner of Best Implementation of Digital Curriculum