Good advice on college admissions
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)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
College Preparation Program
Intensive academic program focused on English language arts, communications, mathematics, journalism, public speaking, dance, and art. College preparatory advisory in grade 10.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition
Boys PSAL teams
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
226 Bristol Street
Brooklyn NY 11212
Trains: to Rockaway Ave
Buses: B12, B14, B15, B60, B7
This school shares the building with Teachers Prep HS