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Frederick Douglass Academy

Overview paragraph: The Frederick Douglass Academy is a screened college preparatory school located in north Harlem. We are tremendously successful at sending students to top colleges throughout the country. High expectations and a challenging, rigorous curriculum are at the core of our mission; to equip students with the necessary tools and skills to become standouts in college and beyond. In our competitive school environment, each student is given an opportunity to select and attend one of our two academies within our school based on their individual interests.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 82% of students graduate in four years.
Attendance Rate: 89% of students attendance.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 80% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 59% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 77% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Frederick Douglass Academy for the Humanities (FDAH)
Code: M75A
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.
Interest: Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Method: Screened

Offer Rate: -25% of offers went to this group
Seats 9 GE: 133
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 867
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 7
Seats 9 SWD: 27
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 214
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 8

Seats 10: Yes-5
Admissions priority 1: Priority to continuing 8th graders
Admissions priority 2: Then to Districts 3, 4, and 5 students or residents
Admissions priority 3: Then to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Attendance
Requirement 2: Punctuality
Requirement 3: Course Grades: English (63-100), Math (60-100), Science (65-100), Social Studies (65-100)
Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.9-4.5), Math (1.7-4.5)
Individual Interview (on-site)


Extracurricular activities: Aviation, Big Sister Little Sister, Botany and Greenhouse Program, Chess, Dance, Debate, Horticulture, Junior Honor Society, National Honors Society, Robotics, Schwartz Science Program, Student Government, Swimming, Tutoring, West Point Program
Psal Sports Boys: Baseball, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Psal Sports Girls: Basketball, Fencing, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Psal Sports Coed: Double Dutch
School sports: (NCAA Cleared) Basketball (JV), Capoeira, Cheerleading, Double Dutch, Indoor Soccer, Martial Arts, Step, Table Tennis, Wrestling

Other info

Total students: 1362
Start time: 8am
End time: 2:30pm
Grades 2018: 6 to 12
Final grades: 6 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: French, Japanese, Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP French, AP Microeconomics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics
Additional info: College Trips; Community Service Expected; Dress Code; Extended Day Program; Extended Day Program (Credit Recovery); Extended Day Program (Tutoring); Health Center; Internships; Online Grading System; Saturday Programs; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Bridge Program; Summer Internships; Summer Orientation; Uniform; Weekend Programs

School accessibility description: 2
School 10th seats: Y

More info

Borough: Manhattan
NTA: Central Harlem North-Polo Grounds
Neighborhood: Central Harlem North

School Number: M010
Shared space: No
Community board: 10
Council district: 9
Census tract: 236
BIN: 1060198
BBL: 1020160100

About Frederick Douglass Academy


Address: 2581 7th Avenue, Manhattan NY 10039
Latitude: 40.824319
Longitude: -73.93712
Phone number: 212-491-4107
Fax number: 212-491-4414
School email: [email protected]
Subway: 3 to Harlem-148th St; B, D to 155th St
Bus: Bx13, Bx19, Bx6, M1, M10, M102, M2, M3, M7

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Academic opportunities: 

CUNY College Now, Summer NYU, Syracuse, and Ithaca College Enrichment, Harlem DNA Lab partnership, SAT Prep, College Tours/Visits, HBO Mentoring

Naviance online college software/application tracking, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), Double Discovery Columbia University, Greenhouse

Urban Scholars-CUNY, TV Broadcasting, WFDA Radio-Full Recording Studio, College Credit through SUNY Old Westbury, School Newspaper and Magazine

Year-Round Robotics Program, Aviation/Aeronautics, Mentoring in Medicine, Be Her Circle Young Women's Empowerment After-school, Yearbook Club

Samba Band, Dance Academy, Aquilla Theatre Workshop, Chess, Debate, weekend and holiday academic enrichment, Vocal Ensemble

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