Frederick Douglass Academy

Grades 6-12
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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

Our Review

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)

 

About the students

Enrollment
1433
Asian
1.5%
Black
70.2%
Hispanic
23.9%
White
1.7%
Other
2.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
70%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 200
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
85%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
29%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
71%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
53%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
77%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
36%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.7
6.2 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
74%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
82%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
87%
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
9%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
19%
37% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 5 licensed arts teacher in Theater (part-time), Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
45%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
74%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
20%
37% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Frederick Douglass Academy and Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82%
85% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
21%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
6%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
54%
49% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
51%
49% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
67%
73% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
24%
43% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
70%
73% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
1.73
1.8 Citywide Average
Average math score for ICT students
1.84
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.74
2.0 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.03
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
50%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
78%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
83%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60%
73% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Frederick Douglass Academy for the Humanities (FDAH)
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

This Academy 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 French and AP Latin.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

This Academy 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.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Japanese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Microeconomics, 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

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Location

2581 7th Avenue
Manhattan NY 10039
Harlem (District 5)
Trains: 3 to Harlem - 148 St; A, B, C, D to 145th St
Buses: Bx13, Bx19, Bx6, M1, M10, M102, M2, M3, M7

Contact

Phone
212-491-4107
Principal
Ayisha Fullerton
Parent Coordinator
Yvette Mckenzie