Frederick Douglass Academy (05M499)

2581 7Th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10039, Manhattan
Phone: 212-491-4107
Hours: 8:15am - 2:48pm
School Website:
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Admissions Information:
Quality Snapshot:
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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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.

Academic Highlights: Letterman Sports: provides students the opportunity to take an elective in Fitness Training and Nutrition each year of matriculation, Taekwondo: students can receive full national designation and recognition as a Black Belt upon completion of the four year elective and mastery in the discipline as determined by the Taekwondo Federation.

Other Features: College Trips, Dress Code, Extended Day Program, Health Center, Online Grading System, Orientation, Program(s) with 1 GE Applicant Per Seat, Program(s) with 1 SWD Applicant Per Seat, Summer Internships, Summer Orientation, Uniform, Weekend Programs

School Features:

  • Offers 10th Grade Seats

AP Courses, Languages & Sports
AP Courses
Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP French Language and Culture, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Psychology, AP World History: Modern, Chemistry (Advanced Science), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages), World Languages (College Course [Credited])
Languages Offered
French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Boys PSAL Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL Sports
Basketball, Fencing, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Co-ed PSAL Sports
Double Dutch
Anime, Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, Cheerleading, Chess , College and Career Readiness, Dance, Digital Media, Drama, Entrepreneurship, Harlem Lacrosse , Harlem Samba, Homework Help, National Honor Society (High School), Robotics, Student Council, Taekwondo, The Links Mentoring, Tutorial, Yearbook
Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement(M75A)
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

FDA Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take college courses simultaneously while in high school. Through our partnerships with SUNY Old Westbury and Syracuse University, students in the FDA Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement Program begin their course work in Grade 9 with either AP Human Geography or Computer Science depending upon their interest in Humanities or the Sciences. As they progress, students will have advanced class choices from Gender Studies with Syracuse University to Black Studies with SUNY Old Westbury. In addition, we offer students accepted to the FDA Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement Program courses with the College Board in AP Biology and AP World History among others.

Students are admitted based on their course grades
  • (Group 1) Priority to continuing 8th graders
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)(M75B)
Science & Math

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.

Students are admitted based on their course grades
  • (Group 1) Priority to continuing 8th graders
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Music: Harlem Samba(M75D)
Performing Arts

FDA Harlem Samba is taught by internationally renowned educator and musician, Dr. Dana Monteiro. Through our partnerships with samba schools internationally, Harlem Samba students will have the opportunity to take Samba during their entire high school career. In addition, students accepted to the Harlem Samba Program will take Introduction to Percussion, World Percussion, and Sound Engineering.

Students are randomly selected
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
World Language(M75E)

FDA World Language Program offers students accepted to the program the opportunity to master two of the following languages: Japanese, Italian, French and Spanish. Beginning in their freshman year, students will choose two beginning language courses and continue until graduation upon completion of the AP Foreign Language Exam.

Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all academic levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on a composite of their academic data. One-third of offers are made to students in each category.
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
Frederick Douglass Academy D75 Inclusion Program(M75U)

Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
Total Students Across All Grades
    Grade 12 Students
    Grade 11 Students
    Grade 10 Students
    Grade 9 Students
Graduation %
College %
Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement (M75A)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

91 / 125 (0.73)
38 / 35 (1.09)
Offers - Waitlist
Frederick Douglass Academy D75 Inclusion Program (M75U)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

0 / 0 (0.00)
0 / 0 (0.00)
Music: Harlem Samba (M75D)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

0 / 0 (0.00)
0 / 0 (0.00)
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (M75B)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

55 / 125 (0.44)
17 / 35 (0.49)
Offers - Waitlist
World Language (M75E)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

0 / 0 (0.00)
0 / 0 (0.00)
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 73% responded
Academic Rigor 
Academic Engagement 
Bully Prevention 
Mental Support 
Post-School Support 
Teacher Responses - 46% responded
Academic Rigor 
School Satisfaction 
Student Behavior 
Student Support 
School Leadership 
Instructional Clarity 
Instructional Development 
Post-School Support 
Family Responses - 30% responded
Teacher Support 
School Community 
School Leadership 
Post-School Support 

Note: Yellow bars indicate city-wide averages for the associated category

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Academic Summary & Data (2022-23)
Academic Proficiency
4-Year Grad. %
Avg. CC Regents Score
Avg. Non-CC Regents Score
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
Avg. SAT Math Score
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
2-Year College 14.60%
4-Year College 52.10%
Unknown 33.30%

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This data was gathered from the NYC DOE's yearly quality reports. More information can be found here:

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School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 60.60%
Female 39.40%
English Language Learners:
Students with IEPs:
Economic Need Index:
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 0.60%
Black 58.40%
Hispanic 35.50%
White 3.40%
Other 2.10%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Asian 12.10%
Black 42.40%
Hispanic 21.20%
White 22.70%
Other 1.60%