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Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

Grades: 9-12
Noteworthy
1021 Jennings Street
Bronx NY 10460
Phone: 718-861-0521

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nurturing community, safe space and dedicated staff.

The Downside

Attendance and graduation rates have a ways to go

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School is a refreshing haven in a bleak, but improving section of the South Bronx. The school follows a progressive model in which students call teachers and administrators by their first names. Staff places greater emphasis on oral reports and student "portfolios" over standardized tests, and students spend a lot of time working in groups. It's a member of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a group of schools opposed to high stakes testing whose students are exempt from having to take the majority of Regents exams.

Teachers work hard to engage students in interesting projects—such as testing the quality of the water in the Bronx River. Students and staff agree the school is safe; teachers work together as a team and uniformly recommend the school to prospective parents, according to school surveys.

The National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado gave Fannie Lou Hamer a gold “School of Opportunity” award in 2015 for its work with low-income students.

Since most students live in the struggling neighborhood, the school has adopted a community mindset to address academic and social-emotional needs. Peace fairs target neighborhood violence, Saturday parent academies encourage family engagement and a partnership with the Children's Aid Society Bronx Family Center provides access to medical and dental services.

Most students come in with weak academic skills, and many have special needs. Although attendance and graduation rates are below the citywide average, the school does a better job than others with a similar population, according to the city’s School Performance Dashboard.  Students get good advice applying for college and financial aid, according to the city’s Quality Review.

The school exterior looks like a desolate and grim factory across the service road of the Sheridan Expressway. All the windows are protected by wire. However, the picture inside couldn’t be more different. The building is colorfully bright and clean and features a well-equipped library and technology lab. It is wheelchair accessible and has no metal detectors or cameras. The lunchroom is cheerful, with round burgundy tables and student murals on the walls.

Special education: The school offers both "self-contained" and integrated co-teaching (ICT) classes. These classes mix students with special needs and general education students, and are headed by two teachers, one a specialist in special education.

Admission: Priority to Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School students. In recent years, the school has had room for any student who wants to attend. (Jacquie Wayans, updated with web reports, December 2018)

 

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
97%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
35%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
74%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
46%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
10%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
50%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
471
Asian
1%
Black
28%
Hispanic
68%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
30%
English language learners
13%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
79%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
62%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
71%
68% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: English, Math

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Morrisania (District 12)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Freeman St; 6 Line to Whitlock Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx19, Bx21, Bx27, Bx35, Bx36, Bx4, Bx4A

Contact

Principal
Jeffrey Palladino
Parent Coordinator
Marlene Lamboy

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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