Frederick Douglass Academy V Middle School

Grades 6-8

Location

2111 Crotona Avenue
Bronx NY 10457
Belmont (District 12)
Buses: Bx12, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Bx9

Contact

Phone
718-561-1617
Principal
Dena Zamore

What’s Special

Some truly excellent, engaging teaching.

The Downside

Few after school activities; some lackluster teaching.

Our Review

Frederick Douglass Academy V (FDA V) is a bright, energetic middle school based on the model of the original Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem. FDA V's founding principal Deborah Cimini and the assistant principal taught at the original FDA under the leadership of its longtime principal, Dr. Gregory Hodge. While the original FDA model was designed to serve strong students, FDA V serves a range of abilities and children are admitted at random.

Students at FDA V wear a uniform of blue pants and white shirts. On the day of our visit, one seventh grade class was celebrating a "dress down" day, a reward for collecting the most pennies in a penny drive. Students are rewarded for perfect attendance, and classes are rewarded for good behavior. Students have made trips to Boston, Washington, DC, and even Mexico and Italy. Eighth graders visit local colleges, like New York University and Fordham University, where they sit in on college classes. The guidance counselor also offers the eighth graders a high school preparation course, which coaches them through applications. Students research the high schools they are interested in, and present their findings to their classmates. They then design posters of the high schools, which are posted in the hallway-we saw posters for Bard, Stuyvesant, Pace, Truman and University Heights.

Academics at FDA V appear to be mixed. We observed some truly excellent teaching, with teachers who held the attention of their eager students, as well as a few instances where teachers did not seem to have control over their rowdy classes or where the students didn't seem to have anything to do. Cimini says each class has its own character, and that she had a particularly rowdy group of eighth graders at the time of our visit. Parents and students still signan agreement to abide by firm school rules, though it is no longer aprerequisite for acceptance to the school.

However, the school clearly values high academic achievement. Students are offered Latin and Spanish courses. Samples of student work such as science reports and memoir-style essays, most of it quite good, cover every available bulletin board in the halls. Students flitted in and out of the cozy library throughout the day, and are expected to read a number of books each semester. A teacher we spoke with said that students receive lots of one-on-one help, and in fact we passed a classroom where a teacher was demonstrating a math problem to a single student during a break. The school shares a building with CS 57.

Students we spoke to say that they like the school, and that they find lots of help from the teachers. One sixth grade girl said that she has gotten much better at math since starting at FDA V. A seventh grader warned that the school does not offer many after school activities.

Special Ed: FDA V offers both Collaborative Team Teaching and self-contained classrooms.

Admissions: Admissions is unscreened. Students who apply are randomly selected through the district. (Tom Jacobs, December 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
248
Asian
2.0%
Black
32.7%
Hispanic
63.3%
White
1.6%
Other
0.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
9%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 57
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
89%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
33%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
0%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
64%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
22%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
27%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
36%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
27%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
94%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
0%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
18%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
17%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
34%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
44%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
41%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
76%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics and HS for Energy and Technology
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
8%
14% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.67
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.98
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.71
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.13
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.99
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.24
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
55%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
90% Citywide Average
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