Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done....
Frederick Douglass (read all quotes)

About Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement Courses are the #1 determining factor in predicting the success of high school students once they enter the college of their choice. What Advanced Placement classes provide for a high school student is a rigorous classroom environment and college level material, with the added bonus of an end of the year examination that can earn the a high school student potential college credit based on their performance on an AP exam.

Most significantly, AP classes on a high school transcript shows prospective target schools that a student is ready for the challenge of college level work because they have already been exposed to it at the high school level. Hence, a high GPA without any AP classes does not mean as much; a student has not demonstrated “strength of schedule.” Taking the most challenging classes in high school, (AP classes) means more than a high GPA with only general level classes. If a college is going to invest their time and money (in the form of grants and scholarships) they want to be sure that their “investment” – an incoming freshmen – will “pay off” and not fold under.

Students earning a three or higher on A.P. exams are three times more likely to earn a college degree than students who do not pass, and African-American and Hispanic students who pass an A.P. exam are four times more likely to earn a college degree than those who do not pass, according to the study–National Center for Education.


Welcome Video

The Frederick Douglass Academy offers a college preparatory education for grades 6-12 and is known for its rigorous academic program with a proven track record of success by encouraging students to challenge themselves, take pride in their hard work, and commitments.

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