Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Classes in robotics and computing; enrichment activites support through partnerships

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

Modeled on the originaI Frederick Douglass Academy, FDA II is dedicated to preparing children from low-income neighborhoods for higher education. However, the school faces challenges. Principal Osei Owusu-Afriyie, who took the helm in 2010, has struggled to boost achievement.

On the positive side, FDA II offers electives in robotics and critical computing. Eighth-graders are offered high school level courses in Living Environment and algebra. Visiting artists from Lincoln Center offer lessons in visual arts. Additional activities are supported through partnerships with iMentor, Achievment Initiative, Double Discovery through Columbia University, StreetSquash, Broadway Junioe, Teen Battle Chef and Girls on the Run.

Some challenges persist. Attendance needs to improve and enrollment has declined, with under 350 students in grades 6 to 12. FDA II shares a building with Wadleigh Secondary School and a charter school, Success Academy Harlem West.

Admissions: Middle school: District 3 choice. High School: The school has not filled its seats in recent years. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, December 2018; updated February 2021)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
92%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
77%
Average daily attendance
 
90%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
25%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
92%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
92%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

336
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
86%
Students with disabilities
 
28%
Multilingual learners
 
7%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
4%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
28%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
17%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
60%
11.1
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
99
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
67%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
28%

Physics

 
11%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
12%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
32%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
16%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
48%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
89%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
83%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
37%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

The Douglass STEM Institute

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

The Douglass STEM Institute prepares scholars for success in colleges and careers focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through a performance-task-based curriculum. In addition, to our core Science and Math sequence, scholars have access to AP courses as well as electives focused on robotics and engineering. Scholars will be equipped with a foundation of essential knowledge and skills to critically explore and solve real world problems.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP Statistics, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Biology

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Golf, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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

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Contact & Location

Location

215 West 114th Street
Manhattan NY 10026

Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line to 110th St-Central Park North; B Line, C Line to 116th St

Buses: M1, M10, M102, M11, M116, M2, M3, M4, M7


Contact

Principal: Osei Owusu Afriyie

Parent Coordinator: Tracey Stahling

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This schools shares the Wadleigh Secondary Building with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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