Frederick Douglass Academy V Middle School

2111 CROTONA AVENUE
BRONX NY 10457 Map
Phone: (718) 561-1617
Admissions: Unscreened
Principal: DEBORAH CIMINI
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 12
Grade range: 06 thru 08
Parent Coordinator: DORCA ALVAREZ

What's special:

Some truly excellent, engaging teaching.

The downside:

Few after school activities; some lackluster teaching.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Frederick Douglass Academy V (FDA V) is a bright, energetic middle school based on the model of the original Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem. FDA V's founding principal Deborah Cimini and the assistant principal taught at the original FDA under the leadership of its longtime principal, Dr. Gregory Hodge. While the original FDA model was designed to serve strong students, FDA V serves a range of abilities and children are admitted at random.

Students at FDA V wear a uniform of blue pants and white shirts. On the day of our visit, one seventh grade class was celebrating a "dress down" day, a reward for collecting the most pennies in a penny drive. Students are rewarded for perfect attendance, and classes are rewarded for good behavior. Students have made trips to Boston, Washington, DC, and even Mexico and Italy. Eighth graders visit local colleges, like New York University and Fordham University, where they sit in on college classes. The guidance counselor also offers the eighth graders a high school preparation course, which coaches them through applications. Students research the high schools they are interested in, and present their findings to their classmates. They then design posters of the high schools, which are posted in the hallway-we saw posters for Bard, Stuyvesant, Pace, Truman and University Heights.

Academics at FDA V appear to be mixed. We observed some truly excellent teaching, with teachers who held the attention of their eager students, as well as a few instances where teachers did not seem to have control over their rowdy classes or where the students didn't seem to have anything to do. Cimini says each class has its own character, and that she had a particularly rowdy group of eighth graders at the time of our visit. Parents and students still sign an agreement to abide by firm school rules, though it is no longer a prerequisite for acceptance to the school.

However, the school clearly values high academic achievement. Students are offered Latin and Spanish courses. Samples of student work such as science reports and memoir-style essays, most of it quite good, cover every available bulletin board in the halls. Students flitted in and out of the cozy library throughout the day, and are expected to read a number of books each semester. A teacher we spoke with said that students receive lots of one-on-one help, and in fact we passed a classroom where a teacher was demonstrating a math problem to a single student during a break. The school shares a building with CS 57.

Students we spoke to say that they like the school, and that they find lots of help from the teachers. One sixth grade girl said that she has gotten much better at math since starting at FDA V. A seventh grader warned that the school does not offer many after school activities.

Special Ed: FDA V offers both Collaborative Team Teaching and self-contained classrooms.

Admissions: Admissions is unscreened. Students who apply are randomly selected through the district. (Tom Jacobs, December 2010)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the PS 57 building

Number of Students 258

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
32%

Hispanic

  
65%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
89%

Special ed

  
26%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.72 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

62% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

68% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

78% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

51% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

66% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

87% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

37% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

9% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

11% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

44% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

87% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

3% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

6% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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