The quality of the academic programs is excellent. Alot of regents courses are available in addition to various programs in the arts, such as dance, drama, etc. However, the level of parent leaves a lot to be desired.
My oldest son attends this school and seems to be completely satisfied. While the curriculum appears to be challenging, he is a typical teenager and makes attempts(sometimes successful) to circumvent the rules and regulations. I am basically satisfied after three years that FDA offers some of the best academic opportunities in the community. It is up to the student and parent to partake.
I was a student at FDA for 2 years. It is supposedly the creme de la creme of Harlem but it is not. Any body can get into the school. Half the kids are failing. The uniform to to strict they put more emphasis on the uniform than class. They actually take kids out of class if there shirt is not tucked in or your sweater has a hood. The staff is rude and unhelpful. They don't listen to you until a parent is called in even then you still have trouble. Also the school has so many cliques that the atmosphere is not friendly and very unwelcoming. The only good thing about the school is the curriculum is good. If your looking for a good school visit the school first an see for yourself any kid could do a better. Make this your second to last choice.
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