Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School

Grades: 9-12

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)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
Average daily attendance
 
89%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
31%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
92%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
92%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

142
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
93%
Students with disabilities
 
31%
Multilingual learners
 
3%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
10%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
11%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
14.7
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
47
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
86%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
26%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
40%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
9%

Music

 
21%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
44%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
54%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
96%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
41%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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

College Preparation Program

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

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

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Contact & Location

Location

226 Bristol Street
Brooklyn NY 11212

Trains: 3 Line to Rockaway Ave

Buses: B12, B14, B15, B60, B7


Contact

Principal: Tamika Matheson

Parent Coordinator: Michelle Armstrong

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Teachers Prep HS

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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