Frederick Douglass Academy, is a co-educational public school for grades 6-12 located in West Harlem, New York City. The school offers an SAT prep course program and a variety of Advance Placement college courses that you can apply for starting in 10th grade. It is also one of the first high schools in Harlem to make wearing a uniform in a public school mandatory but not enforced.HistoryFrederick Douglass Academy was created in 1991 by Dr. Lorraine Monroe (a former Deputy Chancellor of Instruction for the New York City Board of Education) and several other members of the New York City Board of Education. The founding principal was Monroe, who left in 1991 and was succeeded briefly by Dorothy Haime prior to the appointment of Dr. Gregory Hodge in 1996. Hodge remained in the position until his retirement in 2011, to be succeeded by Joseph Gates.AcademicsFrederick Douglass Academy is a college preparatory school that stresses academic achievement. It offers Advanced Placement courses which allows students to receive college credit. Some of these AP courses offered are: Biology Calculus AB Chemistry English Language English Literature European History French Language Micro-economics Physics C: Mechanics Spanish Language Statistics U.S. History Government & Politics The school shows a 94% graduation rate giving FDA an "A" rating for College and Career Readiness on the 2012-2013 NYC Progress Report. It is a Daily News "Best High School," and a New York Post "Top 25 High School" in 2012.