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)

Our Partnership with Ithaca College


Established in 1997, the Ithaca College-Frederick Douglass Academy (FDA) Partnership is a collaboration between the College and FDA, a public middle/high school in New York City’s Harlem community. This partnership emphasizes collaboration on four major goals:

  • To use the unique strengths and resources of each institution to enhance the learning environment of both and to help support one another’s goals;
  • To foster a deeper understanding of the issues facing Black and Latino students by encouraging students and faculty from both institutions to cross cultural, social, and economic boundaries to work together;
  • To have Ithaca College serve as a consistent college “presence” for FDA students and faculty and find practical ways to help students with their stated goal of acceptance to college;
  • To provide Ithaca College teacher candidates with hands-on experiences that encourage urban education teaching.

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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.