FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety

400 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11207 Map
Phone: (718) 922-0389
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn priority
Principal: JAMES ANDERSON
Neighborhood: East New York
District:19
Grade range: 9-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B14, B15, B20

What's special:

Pathway to joining the Fire Department

The downside:

Rowdy lunchroom

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

FDNY High School, housed in the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus, was designed to offer students a path to joining the city fire department. The school has struggled with safety issues, poor attendance and low graduation rates. The relationship with the Fire Department has not always been strong. But more students are getting their diplomas, and the graduation rate increased to 76 percent in 2012, school officials said.

The school is in one of the highest crime areas in the city, and students must pass through metal detectors when they enterl. Safety agents were courteous on our visit. There were deans and assistant principals from all four schools in the building helping at the doors. The New York Police Department has worked with the school to create a safe corridor to and from the campus.

Successful graduates may enroll in an intensive summer program and get certified to be an Emergency Medical Technician. EMTs are Fire Department employees and the position can be a first step to becoming a firefighter. Science courses emphasize fire safety and fire science, and students can learn the basics of CPR and what it takes to become a first responder. An English Advanced Placement class and College Now courses are available.

The school has sometimes had difficulty recruiting firefighters to travel to the school in East New York, but the relationship with the Fire Department is improving, school officials say. Fire Department officials sometimes come to the campus for demonstrations and to help teach courses.

Students and teachers report improvements in safety over the past few years on Learning Environment Surveys. Still, on a visit to the building we observed a very rowdy lunchroom. Most students, 80 percent of whom are male, said they felt safe in the building but also reported fights in the hallways and gang activity on the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey.

Teachers give the principal mixed reviews on the same survey, revealing some tension between leadership and staff. City reviewers who visited in 2011 recommended professional development to strengthen teaching methods.

Nonetheless, the majority of students said they felt welcome in the building and that they felt that the adults in the building were looking out for them.

Admissions: Priority to students who live in the attendance zone for Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus or who attend an information session. (Meredith Kolodner, interviews and web reports, October 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus

Number of Students 296

Average Daily Attendance 81%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
74%

Hispanic

  
22%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.60 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?

73% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

83% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

78% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

71% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

51% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

65% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

65% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

78% 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?

61% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

18% 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?

0%

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?

3% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

386
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

21%

SAT math scores

343
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?

87% 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?

63% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

38% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

77% 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 students who reside in the geographical catchment area and attend an information session
  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 students who reside in the geographical catchment area
  5. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  6. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: English Literature and Composition

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: EMT Explorers, Explorer Program, Graphic Arts, Internships within the Fire Department, School Newsletter, Student Council Activities and Events, Student Government, Technology

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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