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Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School

Grades: 9-12
5800 20th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11204
Phone: 718-621-8800

Our Insights

What’s Special

Multicultural student body; lots of programs in the arts and sciences

The Downside

Graduation rate has a ways to go

Franklin D. Roosevelt High School (FDR) is a large neighborhood school with a student body that hails from more than 75 countries and speaks more than 50 different languages at home. The school admits students who are zoned for the school as well as others from across Brooklyn who enter via one of several themed programs.  

Like many other large schools, FDR has something for everyone. The course catalog is comparable in size to that of a small college. For instance, in addition to traditional English classes there are courses such as Novel to Film, Crime and Punishment, Speech, Mythology, Bible as Literature and The Spoken Word—to name just a few. There’s also a broad range of extracurricular activities, including clubs, music and theater performances, sports teams and the school’s newspaper, aptly called The New Dealer.

In recent years the school has expanded its arts programs and added options that focus on science and technology. Open to Brooklyn students, these programs include robotics, environmental studies, science research, performing arts, multimedia design and technical theater. All these programs offer four-year-sequences of courses in service of their themes that students take in addition to the core subjects of English, math, science and history.

Also like many other large schools, FDR serves a broad range of learners. There are honors courses in all academic subjects, as well as Advanced Placement and other college-level courses for students ready for the challenge. And there are a range of class settings and supports for struggling learners, English language learners, and recent immigrants who arrive with interrupted education and perform well below grade level.

Tapping into its multilingual community, the school offers a dual-language program where students learn in both English and Mandarin Chinese. In addition to a range of Spanish language classes, including dedicated sections for native speakers, there are also transitional bilingual programs for native Chinese and Spanish speakers who are still learning English, as well as dedicated classes taught in English for students still learning English as a new language.

The broad range of students' skill levels is reflected in the school's data. On one hand, roughly half of FDR's students graduate “college ready,” meaning they will not need to take remedial courses at a CUNY college. Additionally, students earn Advanced Regents diplomas, meaning they take and pass a more challenging load of courses and Regents exams, at a rate that exceeds the citywide average. On the other hand, the school’s overall graduation rate is below the citywide average; it’s particularly low for students with special needs.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There is a full range of services and class settings, including self-contained and ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Students who live in the school’s zone are guaranteed admission to the zoned program only but may apply to the other programs. All other programs are open to Brooklyn students and residents. The dual-language program screens for language fluency to admit a balance of English language learners (Chinese-dominant speakers) and English-proficient students. All of the arts, science and technology programs admit students based on the educational option formula, which is designed to enroll a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, May 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% 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

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Chinese and Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Chinese.

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
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% 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

STEAM -Robotics/Programming
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students will explore the field of robotic design using a variety of hands on activities. Students begin with an introduction to the tools used to create robotic devices. As they progress through the series of classes, computer programming becomes an essential and vital element. This culminates in a capstone design project and teaching assistant positions for students to mentor our incoming engineers. Our Robotics Academy offers opportunities for scholarships and research opportunities.

STEAM-Environmental Studies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This is an interdisciplinary program for students interested in understanding the natural and urban environment and environmental ethics through hands-on and project-based learning. Students will develop analytical and process skills that will prepare them for college and a career in environmental science and emerging green industries. In addition, students will explore the real-world use of hydroponics and the importance of green living. This culminates in a Capstone Project for Seniors.

STEAM-Performing Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Theater and music preparation program with courses in acting, movement, music theory, technical theater, and theater history. Students have the opportunity to perform in school plays, recitals, talent shows, multicultural shows, and Sing!

STEAM-Multimedia Design
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Our mission is to prepare students for college and career opportunities in fields such as advertising, graphic arts and design, publishing, photojournalism and videography. Courses are centered on a learning environment comprised of state of the art facilities including Mac labs, the complete suite of Adobe Creative Suite software, 3-D modeling printers, and advanced photography laboratories. There is a capstone project where students finalize their portfolio. College credit is available.

STEAM-Science Research
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program will allow students to explore the natural world through hands-on and project-based learning. Students will record observations, develop questions, design and conduct experiments, collect and interpret data, and propose new ideas from their conclusions. Students will have the opportunity to use multimedia to present their research articles or findings as a Capstone Project to panels of their peers in class, science fairs, research symposiums, and competitions throughout NYC.

Technical Theater
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This is a comprehensive program that is designed to expose students to the multiple functions that go into theatrical productions. Courses include: stage design, theater business, theater management, and lighting/sound design. In addition to the annual spring musical, students may showcase their talents in SING, holiday and spring concerts.

Dual Language Chinese
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

Dual Language programs are designed to integrate English Language Learners with English-proficient students to receive content instruction in English and a target language.

Studio Art Design
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program encourages student creativity through self-expression in Visual Arts with a 4-year sequence of coursework and elective opportunities . Courses include Art Appreciation, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Fashion, and Ceramics, with the culminating course in Advanced Placement Art: 2D. All rooms are 21st Century state of the art and are dedicated solely to arts education. Students are engaged in portfolio development upon entrance into the program. Teachers work with students on the post-secondary application process for those interested in pursuing further study in the Arts. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students may be eligible to apply for a Regent's Endorsed Diploma with Advanced Designation in the Arts or a Certificate of Arts Achievement based upon the completion of their requirements.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School ACES 15:1 Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description:

Comprehensive academic program.


Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP World History: Modern, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Calculus AB, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Statistics, AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science A


Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Golf

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

Contact & Location


Borough Park (District 20)
Trains: F Line to Bay Parkway-22nd Ave; N Line to 20th Ave
Buses: B11, B6, B8, B9


Melanie Katz
Parent Coordinator
Yamilex Lopez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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