It remains unclear why the Harlem academy fell so drastically from an adequate grade of a C to a failing one. Also unclear: what will be done.
The once-prestigious Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem got an F on the city’s latest report cards this month — and families are livid.
“I’m really angry,” said one fuming woman who sends her 12-year-old grandson to the school on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and 148th St. “I want my grandson to do well, but they are making it hard.”
The 44-year-old woman — who declined to be identified citing possible retaliation from the school — said the academy “is acting like everything is good,” despite the failing grade. Her grandson, a seventh grader, agreed.
“My teachers don’t give me credit for my homework that I turn in,” he said, voicing fears that his own grades could prevent him from achieving his dream of being a lawyer . “I’m working hard, and I’m failing.”
The Department of Education grades public schools on their performance each year, examining factors like the school’s environment and how well the institution prepares students for college and a career.
But it remains unclear why the Douglass Academy fell so drastically from a C grade to a failing one in such a short period of time. It is also unclear what will be done to check the school’s decline.