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Frederick Douglass Academy

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nice range of electives, activities and advanced courses

The Downside

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)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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

Frederick Douglass Academy for the Humanities (FDAH)

Admissions Method: Screened

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

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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

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

Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


2581 7th Avenue
Manhattan NY 10039

Trains: 3 Line to Harlem-148th St; B Line, D Line to 155th St

Buses: Bx13, Bx19, Bx6, M1, M10, M102, M2, M3, M7


Principal: Ayisha Fullerton

Parent Coordinator: Yvette Mckenzie


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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