Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School

5800 20 AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11204 Map
Phone: (718) 621-8800
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn residents/ed/opt & unscreened programs
Principal: Steven Demarco
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst
District: 20
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: MICHELLE MUNOZ

Buses: B11, B6, B8, B9

What's special:

Highly diverse student population;steadily improving graduation rate

The downside:

Overcrowding;grad rate still below city average

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Franklin D. Roosevelt High School (FDR) is a large, bright, well-maintained school with a cadre of experienced teachers who enjoy their jobs. There are no metal detectors, and students, including the many new immigrants eager to attend school, are respectful.

FDR is a zoned school that also offers two educational option programs, which take students at a range of performance levels One is a business careers/computer technology program in which students can gain Cisco certification for computer repair. The program also provides accounting and financial management classes. Students in the math/science academy can take electives including forensics, psychology and robotics.

A performing arts program, introduced in 2010, offers concentrations in theatre arts, vocal music and instrumental music. In an effort to improve literacy, arts are linked to core subjects like English and history. For example, students reading Dracula in English class, study Dracula films in the arts courses. There are partnerships with local theatre companies, and the auditorium has been outfitted with a new state of the art sound system. Applicants do not have to audition for the program.

FDR was named a “transformation” school in June 2010 as part of the Education Department’s effort to turn around low-performing schools. The school got a new principal and is receiving to $1.8 million in federal funds over two years as part of the Obama Administration’s School Improvement Grants Fund for transforming low-performing schools.

Principal Steven DeMarco was a student at FDR before becoming a teacher there. He was assistant principal of security when he was tapped to replace well-regarded Principal Geraldine Maione as part of the transformation process in 2010. Teachers indicated respect for DeMarco on the school’s Learning Environment Survey and several said the transition has been relatively smooth. “We are all working very hard to keep improving,” a guidance counselor told us at the 2011 high school fair.

The 2010 graduation rate is below the city’s average, but it has climbed steadily since 2006 even as the percentage of English language learners jumped to about 42 percent from 28 percent of the school’s population. The six-year graduation rate was slightly better in 2010 at 64 percent.

There are 37 languages spoken in the building. Students can enroll in a bilingual Chinese or Spanish language program, and there are numerous ESL classes. The school also provides free English and computer classes for parents.

Freshmen keep the same core teachers all year and take many of their classes with the same students. The school is hoping this approach will keep students from getting lost and will improve a below-average attendance rate that hasn’t budged for several years. Teachers of first-year students have lunch at the same time, allowing them to meet to discuss students. Teachers have agreed to give up their lunch periods to meet with parents who want to sit down with all of their child’s teachers at one time. The staff also promises a two-day turn-around time for any parent phone calls, a guidance counselor said.

High performing students can take honors classes as well as AP classes in eight subjects including biology, Chinese, statistics, and U.S. history. In 2011 there were 300 students enrolled in the school’s College Now program at CUNY’s Kingsborough Community College.

The guidance office has 12 counselors, including one for special education students, one devoted to college applications and a full-time financial aid advisor. The majority of graduates enroll in two- or four- year colleges. “Many of our kids are motivated and want to attend college,” said a guidance counselor. “They just need extra time and help learning English.”

The school’s population has declined in recent years, but overcrowding is still an issue. A staggered schedule keeps freshmen in school from 9:30 a.m. until 4:10 p.m. and the rest of the students go from 7:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The cafeteria packs 600 kids in at once, but teachers say things don’t usually get out of control.

FDR’s large size allows it to offer 30 clubs, including Chinese cultural, mock trial, film, chess and cheerleading. Golf, wrestling, softball, handball and bowling as well as champion soccer and cricket teams are among FDR’s 20 sports teams.The school is proud of its newly finished football field. (Meredith Kolodner, high school fair, October 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 3130

Average Daily Attendance 85%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
41%

Black

  
11%

Hispanic

  
28%

White

  
19%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
36%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 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

27 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

66% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

82% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

38% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

60% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

68% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

63% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

67% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

14% 12% 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?

16%

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

27%

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

38%

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?

28% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

399
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

55%

SAT math scores

508
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?

72% 75% 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?

28% 44% 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?

43% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to Brooklyn students or residents
  2. For K16D only: a. priority to students who live in the zoned area who attend an information session; b. Then to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session; c. Then to students who live in the zoned area; d. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  3. For Zoned Program only: priority to students who live in the zoned area

Source: High school directory

Math/Science Academy

Ed. Opt.

Extensive math and science courses including forensics, psychology and robotics.

Business Careers/Computer Technology

Ed. Opt.

Business practices including courses in accounting, career and financial management, computer repair, entrepreneurship and graphic arts.

Zoned

Zoned

Academic Comprehensive Program.

Performing Arts

Limited Unscreened

Theatre and music preparation program with courses in acting, movement, music theory, technical theatre and theatre history.

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Economics: Micro, English Literature and Composition, Physics B, Spanish Language, Statistics, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art, Cheerleaders, Chess, Chinese Culture, Christian Club, Computer Service Squad, Debate Team, Drama, Environmentalist Club, FDR Theatre Guild, Film Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Hispanic Club, Anime Club, Intel, Jewish Club, Key Club, Math Team, Mock Trial, Multicultural Club, Muslim Student Association, My Generation, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Origami, Peer Mediation and Negotiation, Peer Tutoring, Robotics, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cricket, Football & JV Football, Golf, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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