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Franklin City Public Schools offers comprehensive academic programs for all students. All students engage in rigorous, challenging coursework designed to stretch students' minds and abilities. The Special Education Department offers assistance and programs for special needs students and occasionally uses the services of regional alternative schools and residential schools. There are active gifted education programs at all schools. Besides those programs, the division sends students to two academic-year Governor's Schools: Appomattox Regional Governor's Schools for the Arts and Technology in Petersburg and the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk. During the summer, the division sends students to Summer Residential Governor's Schools, Governor's Foreign Language Academies, and the Tidewater Regional Governor's School for Technology.

The high school offers dual enrollment opportunities in both academic and Career and Technical Education courses. Advanced Placement courses are available. Various Career and Technical Education programs can lead to industry certifications. Two of FHS's CTE programs have been recognized at the national level: DECA, an organization for marketing students, and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), an organization for health and medical sciences students.

As well as its co-curricular organizations, Franklin's schools offer students a wide assortment of extra-curricular activities in athletics (intramural, J.V., and varsity), the arts, and community service.

Franklin City Public Schools is small in size but not in programs. The school division is building the future, one student at a time.