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Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School

Grades: 9-12
226 Bristol Street
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 718-485-3789

Our Insights

What’s Special

Good advice on college admissions

The Downside

Shrinking enrollment, poor academic performance

Modeled on the original Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, FDA VII is a tiny high school dedicated to preparing children from low-income neighborhoods for higher education. However, academic achievement is low, and the school’s enrollment has shrunk from more than 400 students to about 150 over the past decade.

Students arrive with poor academic skills, and attendance is poor. Barely half of the students graduate on time. On the positive side, students feel safe. Those who are on track to graduate say they get good advice on college admissions, according to the city’s Quality Review.

Housed in a former elementary school building, FDA VII shares space with Teachers Prep. The two schools also share sports teams.

Admissions:  Unlike the original FDA, which has selective admissions, FDA VII has no admissions requirements. The school has not filled its seats in recent years. (Clara Hemphill, 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?
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 2018-19 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 2020 High School Directory

Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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

Contact & Location


Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: 3 Line to Rockaway Ave
Buses: B12, B14, B15, B60, B7


Tamika Matheson
Parent Coordinator
Michelle Armstrong

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Teachers Prep HS
Metal detectors?

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