Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School

Grades 9-12

Location

226 Bristol Street
Brooklyn NY 11212
Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: 3 to Rockaway Ave
Buses: B12, B14, B15, B60, B7

Contact

Phone
718-485-3789
Principal
Tamika Matheson
Parent Coordinator
Michelle Armstrong

What’s Special

Small school based on successful FDA model

The Downside

Rough neighborhood

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 schools 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 dont 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)

About the students

Enrollment
206
Asian
1.5%
Black
83.5%
Hispanic
12.6%
White
0.5%
Other
1.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
31%
English language learners
6%
Male
59%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Teachers Prep HS
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
67%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
55%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
80%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
33%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
68%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.5
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
86%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
64%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
86%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
55%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
4%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
7%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
20%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
47%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
77%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
14%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

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

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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