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Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School

Grades: 9-12
8-21 Bay 25th Street
Far Rockaway NY 11691
Phone: 718-471-2154

Our Insights

What’s Special

Many sports teams

The Downside

Poor performance

Modeled on the originaI Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, FDA VI is dedicated to preparing children from poor neighborhoods for higher education. However, FDA VI has fallen short of its goals.

Graduation rates are low and only about one in 10 students leaves the school ready for college. Responding to a Department of Education survey, both students and teachers saw major shortcomings in the quality of classes. Unlike the original FDA, FDA VI does not screen students for grades. 

The school scores low on most indicators, particularly family-community ties and trust. A significant number of students say they do not feel safe in the school and many teachers see the school as disorderly and undisciplined. Teachers give low marks to principal Charles Ogandimu, previously principal of the Monroe Academy for Business and Law, which closed in 2011.

FDA VI is on the campus of the former Far Rockaway Educational Campus, which it shares with three other schools. Students must pass through metal detectors.

Special education: FDA VI has particularly low graduation rates for students with disabilities and English language learners.

Admissions: Priority to Queens residents but all New York City residents may apply. The school does not fill all seats and admits a small number of incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, from DOE materials, 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 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

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

Graphic Arts and Design
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

Our Graphic Arts and Design program trains students to use their creativity to explore, plan, express and project ideas and experiences with captivating visual and textual content. Students learn to combine everyday observations and experiences with their ability to create remarkable work products that speak to audiences. Students can train to become graphic designers, design artists, creative directors, animators, and production artists - to name a few.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Seminar, AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, 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


Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A Line to Beach 25th St
Buses: Q22, QM17


Deborah Burnett
Parent Coordinator
Tonie Roberts

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Far Rockaway Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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