Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done....
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Registration Process


Students interested in becoming an FDA student should follow the application process outlined by the Department of Education most appropriate for their grade. Frequently, during the application process, students and their families will be contacted for an interview at FDA. If you’re called into school for an interview, here are some things to think about for your visit:

  1. It has been said that one should dress for the job they want, not the job they have. In that spirit, come dressed for the occasion. Business casual would be most appropriate for this occasion.
  2. Be ready to articulate the reasons why you’re interested in The Frederick Douglass Academy, what you have to offer our school, and why you’d be a good fit for our community. If you’re having trouble with a rationale, explore this website and ask yourself, “what is it about FDA that makes me want to go here?”
  3. You may be asked to take a test for math and English, be prepared with No.2 pencils and pens.
  4. To make sure the application process is as seamless as possible, please have copies of important documentssuch as:
    1. Birth Certificate
    2. Documentation of legal guardianship, this guardian should also be present during the interview.
    3. Your student’s immunization records.
    4. Your student’s latest report card or transcript (should include standardized test scores).
    5. Child’s IEP and/or 504 Accommodations Plan (if applicable)
    6. Letter of recommendation(s) from your student’s previous guidance councilor, teacher(s), or school leader(s) (not required, but HIGHLY recommended).

Students who are coming from outside of the NYC Public School System must enroll with the Department of Education.

Summer Orientation:

New students at any grade are required to attend Summer Orientation while summer school is in session. During Summer Orientation, students take academic courses and are acculturated to FDA’s rules and regulations. Participation in Summer Orientation is important because it enriches and prepares a student for the rigors of classes they will take in the fall. For incoming high school students, the Summer Orientation ends with taking Regents Exams. Having Regents Exams taken means that a student’s program is freed up for Advanced Placement classes, which (if scored high enough) leads to college credit.

**High school students have 6 weeks of summer orientation.

**Middle school students have 2 weeks of summer orientation.

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.

Visit our Alumni Video Testimonials to hear the experiences of some of our former students.