Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men is an all-male school for grades 6-12 that offers a wide range of academic and athletic activities for students, including robotics, chess, foreign language classes, basketball, football, swimming and much more. The school has met Annual Yearly Progress goals for two of the last three years. Students wear uniforms.
School of the Week: Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
Customize, Care and Challenge all a part of the Young Men of Frederick Douglass Academy
“Winning With a Tie!”
The 23 graduates of the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, pictured in the lobby of the school with red and blue bow ties and blue blazers, completed the program with both a love of learning, and a love of discipline.
Both are necessary ingredients in an educational environment focused on successful young men. That focus is made clearer and sharper when one major distraction is removed from the school setting: young women.
“They simply don’t have to show out all the time for the girls,” notes third year Principal Berry Greer during an hour-long conversation throughout the school last Thursday.
Teaching young men how to tie a bow tie, and discipline in general, is key for Greer, a veteran DPS teacher, administrator, King HS Band Director for 13 years, and also former military police officer with stations at Fort Bragg, Ft. Knox, Ft. Riley and during Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia.
Sixty percent of Douglass’ men choose to participate in the JROTC program, not to follow Greer’s military footsteps but for its impact on their self-esteem and character.
“We let the kids know this is a leadership program. They learn how to conduct themselves properly and develop that love of discipline,” Principal Greer says. “They grow. They go home in that uniform and people say to them, ‘Man, you look good in the neighborhood,’ and as a result they look at themselves differently.”
The weekly Wednesday ROTC uniform is a necessary regimen. When Count Day, a Wednesday, became a school-district wide emphasis on an eased dress code, Frederick Douglass’ men returned the following day on Thursday in the green and black uniforms.
“We work very hard to try to stay away from that ‘casual register,’ “ says Greer.
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College Prep, Band/Music, Foreign Language, After-School Tutoring, Accelerated Reading and Math, Science Club, Championship Chess Team, JROTC, National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society, Debate Team, Drama Club, Media Club, Book Club, Student Government, Football Champions, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Field, Swimming, Mentors and Community Service programs. FDCPAYM offers a private school atmosphere in a public school environment. Student uniform is business attire – suits with monogrammed blazers. The school is unique because of small class sizes for individualized learning.
Frederick Douglass College Preparatory Academy for Young Men will promote the vision of “Meeting Challenge with Effort” whereby creating a learning environment which emphasizes the development of skills, focuses on process to outcome, and provides accurate and useful feedback from instructional coaches who strive to facilitate learning that will produce men who believe that effective effort is the basis of increasing one’s ability.
Frederick Douglass College Preparatory Academy for Young Men will offer a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum that allows young men to think critically and creatively as they matriculate through the enriched, performance-based, constructivist and differentiated learning environment. These young men will be equipped to compete in a global society.
The young men of Frederick Douglass are honorable men of integrity. We demonstrate courtesy and respect for all and fear of none. We firmly commit to the principles of Ngoro Saba as we declare that “No ground is too barren for the seeds of a fertile mind” HARAMBEE!
The Name We Honor
Frederick Douglass was a 19th Century Civil Rights Leader and Abolitionist, who became a leader of the abolitionist movement. He gained notoriety for his powerful oratorical style and incisive antislavery writings. “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” -Frederick Douglass