Classes in robotics and computing; enrichment activites support through partnerships
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)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
The Douglass STEM Institute
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
215 West 114th Street
Manhattan NY 10026
Trains: , to 110th St-Central Park North; , to 116th St
Buses: M1, M10, M102, M11, M116, M2, M3, M4, M7
This schools shares the Wadleigh Secondary Building with two other schools
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Manhattan, NY 10026
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