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
Wheelchair Accessible

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 328

Average Daily Attendance 84%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
86%

Hispanic

  
13%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.21 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?

45% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

50% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

69% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

35% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

37% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

59% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

80% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

63% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

82% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

15% 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?

1%

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

31%

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

10%

Are students ready for college?

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

10% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

380
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

383
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?

66% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

27% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

53% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 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 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

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

Source: High school directory

Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School

Limited Unscreened

Intensive academic program focused on English Language Arts (accelerated course for levels 3/4), Communications, Mathematics, Journalism, Public Speaking, Dance, Art. College preparatory advisory in grade 10. Mandatory extended day credit-bearing program.

Academics

AP COURSES: Art History, English Literature and Composition, Physics C: Mechanics

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Videography, Wellness Committee, RROCS, 3-on-3 Basketball, Step Team, Intramural Sports, Chess Club, Art Club, Women in Science, Gentlemen Scholars, Mixed Martial Arts, National Honor Society, Poetry Out Loud, Cheerleading, Student Government Organization, Student Ambassadors Program, Cultural Heritage Night, International Trip, Yearbook, Senior Committee

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Football, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Intramural Sports, 3-on-3 Basketball, Cheerleading, Step, Mixed Martial Arts, Weight Lifting

Source: High school directory

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