Frederick Douglass Academy IV Secondary School

1014 LAFAYETTE AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11221 Map
Phone: (718) 574-2820
Website: Click here
Admissions: selective
Principal: Elvin Crespo
Neighborhood: Bushwick
District:16
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: JOYCE OATES
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
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Buses: B15, B38, B46, B47, B52, B54

What's special:

College prep school modeled on the original FDA in Harlem

The downside:

No permanent home yet; new teaching staff

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Frederick Douglass Academy IV was founded in 2002 modelled after the rigorous and respected original Frederick Douglass Academy. The goal of the FDAs, as the schools are known, is to prepare high-performing kids from poor neighborhoods for college. Students wear smart navy blue uniforms blazers, scarves for girls and ties for boys, gray trousers or skirts. Everybody recites the school's creed in the morning.

Housed on the third floor of PS 26, a small elementary school, FDA IV opened with selective admissions for 6th graders and met with early success. It grew a grade each year, and more than 90 percent of the first class of 12th-graders graduated in 2009.

However, rapid turnover of teachers and administrators -- there were three principals in the two years prior to 2010-2011 school year - along with subpar attendance and safety and discipline problems have dogged the school.

Founding principal Marion Bowden resigned in a cloud in 2009 after the state cited her for having inadequate facilities for special education students. Five weeks into the 2010 school year, students were still without textbooks, the Daily News reported. The interim principal assigned to replace Bowden retired and Elvin Crespo took over as principal.

The high school's graduation rate dropped to 73 percent in 2010 and then to 65 percent in 2011. Average high school attendance fell below 80 percent; middle school attendance, at 90 percent in 2011, was lower than the city average. Standardized test scores fell significantly between 2009-2011. Half of the teachers said there was trouble maintaining order and discipline at the school, according to the 2011 Learning Environment Survey. Parents complained about the revolving door in the principal's office.

In 2011, citing failing marks on the middle school's Progress Report and low scores on standardized exams, the Department of Education decided to phase out the middle school. The high school will remain but after the 2013-2014 school year, there will be no more FDA IV middle school students.

Madiba Prep Middle School opened in the building in 2012.

Admissions: No new admits for 6th grade. Priority for continuing 8th-graders for high school, then Brooklyn students who attend an information sessions. (Pamela Wheaton, web reports, March 2012)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with PS 26 and Madiba Prep

Number of Students 155

Average Daily Attendance 83%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
85%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
88%

Special ed

  
28%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.50 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

19 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

89% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

73% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

98% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

87% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

50% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

78% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

74% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

53% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

83% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

6% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

0%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

18%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

0%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

4% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

404
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

52%

SAT math scores

389
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

97% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

33% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

55% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

96% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  4. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  5. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Frederick Douglass Academy IV Secondary School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURCES: English Language and Composition, United States History

Online: French Language

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school and Saturday Programs, Art Studio Group, Book Club, Cheerleading Team, Chess Team, Dance Club, Dance Ensemble, Homework Help, Lunch and Learn, Peer Mediation, Music, PSAT/SAT Prep, Scholars Government Association (SGA), Step Team, Summer Institute, Achieving Change in our Neighborhood (Teen Action), Violin, String Instruments, CHAMPS, School Leadership Team, Financial Literacy, Yoga, Anti-Bullying, Violence Prevention, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Basketball Team

Source: High school directory

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