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Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School

Grades: 6-12
215 West 114th Street
Manhattan NY 10026
Phone: 212-865-9260

Our Insights

What’s Special

Classes in robotics and engineering

The Downside

Struggles with order and discipline

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 many challenges. Principal Osei Owusu-Afriyie, who took the helm in 2010, has struggled to boost achievement and to bring order and discipline to the school.

Attendance is poor and enrollment has declined, with just 360 students in grades 6 to 12. FDA II shares a building with Wadleigh Secondary School and a charter school, Success Academy Harlem West.

On the positive side, FDA II offers electives in robotics and engineering. Visiting artists from Lincoln Center offer lessons in visual arts.

Admissions: Middle school: District 3 choice. High School: The school has not filled its seats in recent years. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, 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?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% 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?
3% 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 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
74% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
72% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

The Douglass STEM Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
  • Course Grades: Average
  • Standardized Test Scores: Average
  • Group Interview (On-Site)
  • Writing Exercise (On-Site)
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.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP United States History


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
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Harlem (District 3)
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


Osei Owusu Afriyie
Parent Coordinator
Clifford Simmons

Other Details

Shared campus?
This schools shares the Wadleigh Secondary Building with two other schools
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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