Many sports teams
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)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Graphic Arts and Design
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
8-21 Bay 25th Street
Far Rockaway NY 11691
Trains: to Beach 25th St
Buses: Q22, QM17
This school shares the Far Rockaway Educational Campus with three other schools
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Far Rockaway, NY 11691