Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School

226 BRISTOL STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11212 Map
Phone: (718) 485-3789
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn priority
Principal: Tamika Matheson
Neighborhood: Brownsville
District: 23
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: MICHELLE ARMSTRONG
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B12, B14, B15, B60, B7

What's special:

Small school based on successful FDA model

The downside:

Rough neighborhood

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Frederick Douglass Academy VII (FDA VII) is a small high school open to students from across Brooklyn. Modeled on the originaI Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, the school is dedicated to preparing children from poor neighborhoods for higher education.

Teachers say academic standards are high. Not everyone graduates on time, but those who do are likely to go to college, according to Department of Education statistics. The school has a full-time college counselor and students go on overnight-trips to visit colleges, according to the high school directory.

Housed in a former elementary school building, FDA VII shares space with Teachers Prep. The two schools also share sports teams.

Students wear a white shirt, tie, burgundy sweater, and black pants. Students who repeatedly break the uniform code may be suspended, according to the school’s brochure. The school has a strict disciplinary code. Nonetheless, more than one-third of teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey complained of discipline problems.

While students feel safe in the building, about 40 percent responding to the survey said they don’t feel safe in the neighborhood outside the school.

Most students enter 9th grade with poor academic skills. Still the school manages to offer a challenging curriculum that includes College Now classes in collaboration with Brooklyn College and Advanced Placement courses in English and Art History.

Jessica Endlich, former assistant principal, was named principal in 2011. She left in March, 2014. Carol Ying became the interim acting principal.

Special education: About one-fifth of students receive special education services. About half of those are in self-contained classes.

College: Graduates have been admitted to a wide range of public and private colleges, including Columbia, Cornell, Vassar Howard University, Trinity, Allegheny and Goucher.

Admissions: The school offers regular open houses. Unlike the original FDA, which has selective admissions, FDA VII has no admissions requirements. Priority goes to students who attend an open house. (Clara Hemphill, December 2012; updated with new principal name in May 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Teachers Prep HS

Number of Students 252

Average Daily Attendance 81%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
88%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
89%

Special ed

  
28%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.16 2.39 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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

79% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

82% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

88% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

56% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

58% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

4% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

73% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

10% 9% 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?

4%

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?

5%

Are students ready for college?

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

21% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

407
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

45% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

400
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School

Limited Unscreened

Intensive academic program focused on English language arts, communications, mathematics, journalism, public speaking, dance, and art. College preparatory advisory in grade 10.

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Chess, Art, Women in Science, International Club, Yearbook, Computer, Wellness Committee, Annual Cultural Heritage Celebration, Student Government Organization, Annual Welcome Back BBQ, RROCS, Gentlemen Scholars, National Honor Society, Poetry Out Loud Competition, Student Ambassadors Program, Senior Committee, Arts Festival

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Intramural Sports, Cheerleading, STEP, Weight Lifting

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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