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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. (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


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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

Faculty & Staff

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

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Graphic Arts and Design (Q75X)

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.

Culinary Arts (Q76C)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students enter a 4 year culinary program that encompasses various culinary career pathways to baking, food safety, prep, and management. By year 3 students are participating in full hands on cooking experience. Students will graduate OSHA certified and will compete in cooking competitions.

Business Technology (Q77B)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students learn the world of business. Starting with computer applications, to entrepreneurship and all business that lead to technological business and virtual enterprise success. Students will learn to make banners, hi tech posters, and much more. Students will conduct an internship in their 3rd/4th year entering the world of business.


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Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


8-21 Bay 25 Street
Queens NY 11691

Trains: A Line to Beach 25th St

Buses: Q22, QM17


Principal: Tenesha Worley

Parent Coordinator: Tonie Roberts


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Far Rockaway Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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