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Frederick Douglass Academy

Grades: 6-12
2581 7th Avenue
Manhattan NY 10039
Phone: 212-491-4107

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What’s Special

Nice range of electives , activities and advanced courses

The Downside

Some conerns about discipline; low performance on state exams

Frederick Douglas Academy is a combined middle and high school offering a nice range of electives and college-level courses.  Students may study Japanese and Latin, work with flight simulators in an aviation class and take Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

Ayisha Fullerton became principal in 2017, replacing Joseph Gates who stepped down in June 2017.  A former physics teacher, Fullerton most recently served as the Director of Renewal schools for the Department of Education, and prior to that was an assistant principal at the flagship Eagle Academy in the Bronx.

There are a lot of offerings in technology and the sciences.  Middle school electives include classes in computer programming, gaming and web design. High school students can choose from a range of AP courses including statistics, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics.

In the humanities, AP courses include microeconomics, United States and European history, English, Spanish, French and Latin. Students learn French in middle school and may pursue other languages in high school.

Middle school test scores in English and math fall below the citywide and district averages.  However, students do gain ground by high school. The college readiness rate, meaning percent of students who perform well enough in math and English to avoid remedial classes at City University of New York (CUNY) colleges, exceeds the citywide average.

To bolster math instruction, teachers are getting training through a consulting group founded by Lucy West, a former director of mathematics for Manhattan’s high performing District 2, according to the school’s 2016-17 Comprehensive Education Plan

There are some concerns over discipline and safety. Roughly half of the students report bullying and nearly a quarter of them say they don't feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and lockerrooms, based on respsonses to the 2016-17 NYC School Survey.

There are sports teams for both middle and high school and a range of after-school clubs and activities such as karate, chess, aviation, debate, robotics, and yearbook. Partnerships with organizations such as Harlem Samba and Mentors in Medicine offer additional learning opportunities in the arts and sciences.

There is a dedicated college office. Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY schools and some go on to private and out-of-state colleges.

ADMISSIONS:  Admissions is based on a review of students’ grades, test scores and attendance record. Middle school admits District 5 students and residents. The high school admits students citywide with priority to ongoing students and then to students and residents of Districts 3, 4, and 5. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, November 2017)

 

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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?
54%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
74%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
56%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
72%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
61%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
95%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
2.0

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?
11%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Frederick Douglass Academy

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
5%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
61%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
44%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
77%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1257
Asian
1%
Black
68%
Hispanic
26%
White
2%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
77%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
6%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
29%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
58%
74% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
75%
72% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
3%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5%
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
0%
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
5% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Frederick Douglass Academy for the Humanities (FDAH)
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (60-100), Math (60-100), Science (61-100), Social Studies (62-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.9-4.5), Math (1.6-4.5)
  • Individual Interview (On-Site)
Program Description:

This program will prepare students for their choice of college studies and careers. Students are expected to take a minimum of two AP or CUNY College Now courses for which they are eligible which may include AP United States History, AP Microeconomics, AP European History, AP English, AP Spanish, AP Biology, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Physics, and AP French. SUNY Old Westbury English Composition, College Algebra.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (60-100), Math (62-100), Science (62-100), Social Studies (60-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.9-4.5), Math (1.6-4.5)
  • Individual Interview (On-Site)
Program Description:

This program will prepare students for college studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine. Students will have access to elective courses such as Robotics, Aeronautics/Aviation, Anatomy & Physiology, and Forensic Science. Students are expected to take a minimum of two AP or CUNY College Now courses for which they are eligible and may include AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics.

Frederick Douglass Academy for New Arrivals
Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Academics

Language Courses

French, Japanese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP French Language and Culture, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Fencing, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Harlem (District 5)
Trains: 3 Line to Harlem-148th St; B Line, D Line to 155th St
Buses: Bx13, Bx19, Bx6, M1, M10, M102, M2, M3, M7

Contact

Principal
Ayisha Fullerton
Parent Coordinator
Yvette Mckenzie

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 200
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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