Nice range of electives, activities and advanced courses
Some concerns about bullying; 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.
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 some 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, approaches the citywide average.
There are some concerns over discipline and safety. Roughly one-third of the students report bullying, based on responses to the 2020-21 NYC School Survey.
There are sports teams for both middle and high school and a range of after-school clubs and activities such as chess, aviation, robotics, and yearbook. Partnerships with organizations such as Harlem Samba offer additional learning opportunities.
There is a dedicated college office. Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY schools and some go on to private and out-of-state colleges, as listed on the school's website.
ADMISSIONS: Students are admitted based on their course grades, and/or a school-based assessment. 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; updated 2022)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Frederick Douglass Academy for the Humanities (FDAH)
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)
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
French, Japanese, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Psychology, AP European History, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Physics 1, AP Microeconomics, AP French Language and Culture, AP Spanish Language and Culture
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
Contact & Location
2581 7th Avenue
Manhattan NY 10039
Trains: to Harlem-148th St; , to 155th St
Buses: Bx13, Bx19, Bx6, M1, M10, M102, M2, M3, M7
This school is in its own building.