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FDNY - Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety

Grades: 9-12
400 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11207
Phone: 718-688-7930

Our Insights

What’s Special

Prepares students for careers with the New York City Fire Department

The Downside

Poor attendance and graduation rates

Since it opened in the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus in East New York in 2004, FDNY-Captain Vernon A. Richard School for Fire and Life Safety has been aiming to prepare its graduates for careers with the city Fire Department.

In their junior and senior years, student may take classes that help them get ready for the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program. EMTs are Fire Department employees and some go on to become firefighters. Seniors in the top third of the class get EMT training from Fire Department staff aimed at enabling them to enter the department’s summer training program and be certified as EMTs. The school offers other courses geared to its theme, such as fire science and a class on the chemical makeup of substances used to extinguish fires.

A community-based organization runs a college office on the campus that provides test preparation for college entrance exams and helps guide students and their families through the college application process. However, most graduates are not prepared for college and only about a third of graduates are enrolled in further education six months after receiving their diploma.


The school is small and overwhelmingly male. It shares the campus with three other high schools --  Performing Arts and Technology, World Academy for Total Community Health and High School for Civil Rights. The schools share a number of sports teams and some facilities.


Special education: FDNY has a large number of students with disabilities. Most are in team teaching classes with a mix of general and special education students, but a small number are in self-contained classes.

Admissions: The school is open to any student who wishes to attend. In recent years, it has not filled its seats. (Gail Robinson, DOE reports, November 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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
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?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

FDNY-Captain Vernon A. Richard High School for Fire and Life Safety
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

The program will lead to EMT certifications and employment with the FDNY after graduation.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Statistics, AP English Language and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


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

Contact & Location


East New York (District 19)
Trains: 3 Line to Pennsylvania Ave; L Line to Livonia Ave
Buses: B14, B15, B20, B83


James Anderson
Parent Coordinator
Shawna Love

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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