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)

The North Star — FDA’s Student Newspaper


About Us:  The Frederick Douglass Academy’s Newspaper, The North Star, is a student run and operated newspaper that values journalistic integrity and promotes fair and balanced reporting of events.  The North Star gets its name from the abolitionist paper The North Star established by Frederick Douglass on December 3, 1847, in Rochester, NY.  He developed it into the most influential black antislavery paper published during the antebellum era.  It was used to not only denounce slavery, but to fight for the emancipation of women and other oppressed groups.  The FDA North Star strives to continue that legacy through the student writers and staff that are dedicated to using their writing skills to voice to the issues and concerns facing their communities today.  The North Star is an award winning student newspaper.  The hardworking staff and editorial board is always seeking to improve the paper’s aesthetics and quality of reporting so as to ensure a continued standard of excellence for its student, faculty and surrounding communities.


Bianca Kugblenu (Editor-In-Chief and Layout Editor)

Jonathan Brown (Co-Editor-In-Chief, Current Events)

Michael Turay (Sports Editor)

Esther Orekunrin (Co-Editor-In-Chief)

Meetings: The newspaper meers on Wednesday’s after school

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Faculty Advisor: Vicky Rodriguez

Faculty Editor: Markland Walker

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.