Discover your best options

Middle School High School

Frederick Douglass Academy III Secondary School

Grades: 9-12
3630 Third Avenue
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-538-9726
Marquee homepage

Our Insights

What’s Special

Small classes and committed principal

The Downside

Some classes can be loud and undisciplined

At its best, Frederick Douglass Academy III offers riveting discussions of Shakespeare and some first rate teaching. It has a high graduation rate and an experienced principal who is committed to making sure kids succeed. But some classes are undisciplined and kids sometimes scuffle in the halls.

The school is modeled on the original Frederick Douglass Academy, a strictly disciplined college-prep school in Harlem. Unlike the original FDA, FDA III has no admissions requirements and accepts students with a range of abilities. Most students are poor, and some are homeless. Most students live in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan and take a combination of buses and trains to get to school.

On our visit, we saw a senior English class mesmerized by Shakespeares Othello. A very well organized science teacher had his students reading aloud from science worksheets to get help with difficult words like consistent.

Unfortunately, some teachers struggled to keep everyone focused. We saw students with heads down in at least half the classrooms.

Transitions were similarly uneven. Many kids were polite, but some lingered in the halls after classes resumed and we saw a group of 8th graders get into a physical conflict. One of the schools five disciplinary deans quickly took control. There is not a fight every day, Jean Hill, the schools long-time parent coordinator told us.

The big brick building, constructed in 1967 and across the street from housing projects, is brilliantly clean, even though some facilities are out-of-date. The building also houses two middle schools: IS 219 and KAPPA. For many years, FDA III served children in grades 6-12, but the Department of Education decided in 2012 to phase out the middle school because of poor performance.

The school has had some significant success. Principal Rahesha Amon, who has led FDA III for nearly a decade, keeps in touch with FDA III alumni and she said about 60 percent of her first graduating class in 2008 graduated from college in 2012. At the time of our visit about 50 students were taking Advanced Placement courses in calculus, psychology, English, history and Spanish. Everyone has computer, art and music classes, as well as gym.

While kids must wear a collared shirt and tie or a polo shirt, they may select their own footwear and wear sweaters or jackets over their shirts.

Amon doesnt let her students leave for lunch because she says the surrounding neighborhood is difficult. Everyone goes through scanners on the way in and no phones are allowed in school. (Kids pay $1 to leave them in nearby stores or trucks outside the school.)

College. Students have gone on to Morehouse, Manhattan College and SUNY-Binghamton. A spot of pride: one FDA III grad currently plays Division 1 basketball at Hofstra. There is a full time college counselor.

Special education: There are two self-contained classrooms as well as co-taught (ICT) classes and ELL services. We saw a particularly good self-contained class in which kids were happily engaged and working on fun math games.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Preference to students who attend an open house. (Anna Schneider, October 2012)

Read more

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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
64% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2019 High School Directory

Frederick Douglass Academy III
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Community Service
  • Regents
Program Description:

We pride ourselves on our four core values: community awareness, respect, professionalism, and education. Scholars engage in a rigorous learning experience that encourages them to adopt these core values, starting as early as freshman year. FDA III empowers every scholar, every day through culturally relevant programs: a structured and sequential curriculum, enrichment programs, mentorship & guidance, wellness supports, family engagement, community development, and academic support.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP United States History


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


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

Contact & Location


Claremont Village (District 9)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS


Jumel Carlos
Parent Coordinator
Genesis Rosario

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with IS 219 and Kappa
Metal detectors?

You may also like …

Urban Dove Team Charter School II

860 Forest Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456

Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies

1110 Boston Road
Bronx, NY 10456


  • Is this your school? Please post any news, updates, events, changes, or other information!
  • We welcome questions, open discussions, and disagreements but comments with personal attacks, rude language, or those with seemingly malicious intent will be deleted.
  • Very long comments, those that contain links, or repeat comments may be blocked by our spam filter.
  • Problems? email us at [email protected].
  • Users must comply with our Terms of Use.