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)

Principal’s Welcome: Joseph Gates


Principal Joseph GatesWelcome to the FDA website!

It is my honor and pleasure to follow in the huge footsteps of our renowned school founder Dr. Lorraine Monroe, and legendary Principal Dr. Gregory Hodge.

Our school is nationally recognized as one of the finest college preparatory schools in the nation.  Our team of educators is committed to providing a rigorous, innovative, and rewarding curriculum that will not only lead all of our students to attend the college of their choice, but also prepare them for the academic demands of a college setting.

Our diverse curriculum has been specialized for students to “major” in competitive courses of study such as Engineering, Technology and Mathematics; Medicine and Applied Sciences; Law and Public Service; Broadcasting, Media and Journalism; Academic Careers; and Performing Arts.    In these offerings, a path towards Advanced Placement courses is built into the curriculum.  At present we offer 14 Advanced Placement classes and we continue to develop relationships with colleges and universities so our students can earn college credits while in high school.  We encourage and expect all of our students to graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma.

Though this school has many desirable features and programs, it is not for everyone.   The teachers are known to be very demanding and passionate, and expect students to engage in high level problem solving every day.  Just like college, the homework can be extremely challenging and extensive at times.  Our school motto is taken from Frederick Douglass who made the wise observation that “without struggle, there is no progress.”  He further stated that those who seek an easy path are “people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.”  These statements epitomize the work ethic needed to succeed in our rigorous college preparatory school.  There will be no substitute for hard work at FDA. Through our demanding coursework, our students are able to consistently perform at the highest levels in the most elite universities in the nation.

Please come to one of our open houses to find out if this school is a good fit for you and your goals.  Our team stands ready to ensure that you are overwhelmingly prepared to excel in college and beyond!


Principal Joseph Gates

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.