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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 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)

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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 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019 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 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School, Central Park East High School, and Schuylerville Preparatory High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 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 2019 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 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.


Language Courses


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
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
Tracey Stahling

Other Details

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

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