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8000 Croom Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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(301) 952-2400
(301) 627-3377
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November 22, 2013
Frederick Douglass High School is one of 4 high schools in the 9th District of Prince Georges County School System. There are approximately 1100 students with 100 or so teachers, administrators and staff. The majority of the students live in the community so many of the students and families have known each other for years. The educators have advanced degrees and several years of experience. There are award winning sports programs, child development program, culinary arts, a very active student government, national honors society, Art clubs and so much more. The parents are engaged and organized and support their students goals of becoming career or college ready. The PGCPS is a large school system with some financial challenges and Frederick Douglass High School is looking for ways to work around those issues.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2013
A lot of good things are happening at Douglass high school. The administration, teachers and PTA are working together to highlight this to the community. Douglass high school's sports programs are top notch, students also have opportunities to achieve academically with rigorous AP courses. Douglass is in the process of becoming an IB diploma school. Also, students have multiple opportunities to travel abroad with the Japanese exchange program and spring break travel abroad trip. Many dedicated teachers provide tutoring after school, and many have open door policies so that all students can attend. My daughter has been actively engaged in the school since the ninth grade. We have had some challenges, as is the case with any school, but I find the students to be well behaved and the teachers are hard working and caring.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2013
As of now I attend Frederick Douglass High School,C/O 2014. I started going to Douglass in 11th grade and within a year I felt like I made a mistake by choosing this school . If It wasn't for school zones i could've left the terrible learning environment , unsanitary bathrooms , and flying roaches behind . As a whole the school has one amazing teacher , Lauri Lyles . She Is extremely intelligent & she gets the job done . She teaches 12 grade english ; you would think it's a college level class . Her classroom and work is always organized with each student attentive and ready to learn something new . However, i can not say the same about my other classes . some classrooms are completely destroyed by students from previous years & the blinds in one of my classes look like they came out of the garbage . In addition , a lot of schools have cosmetology classes but Douglass doesn't. Seeing as though we don't have these opportunities the school system is STILL trying to take out computer graphics , business , & even child development ! I wouldn't be surprised if Art was taken too . Overall Douglass has ALOT of problems that need to be fixed & i would not recommend attending this school .

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
Douglass is a great school because of their leader Mr. Saunders and the great work and vision that he has. The school has an IB Middle years program as well as several academies. They have a program called the Lunch Bunch which is a group of students that strive for excellence in community service. They also have a preschool child development program where students work in day cares and elementary school so they can provide guidance as well as enhance their leadership skills. Douglass is a place where I visit on my personal time to exercise on the track and it is a school that is welcoming as well as a staple in the Upper Marlboro community.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2013
FDHS is the first school in Prince Georges county Maryland to educate African American Students. There is a IB Middle Years Progam and the school is slated to offer an IB Diploma Program. Small school with approx 1100 students and 100 staff members. Highly successful athletic program and Arts program. Students with potential are identified early and encouraged to take honors and AP courses. Many of the staff hold advance degrees and certifications. There is an active and engaged PTSA that continues to wokr with parents to get them involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
I am a former student of Frederick Douglass C/O 00..... I am very disappointed in some of the comments I am reading from the current students at Douglass. Unfortunately you cant even understand what they are trying to say because of misspellings and using the wrong context of the word, or simply leaving words out! I hope they stay in school longer, because its obvious that THEY NEED IT!!!! Its so sad. When I went to Douglass, we had trouble makers, as a matter of fact, I was one! Everyone always wants to blame everybody else for a child misbehaving or failing. The reality of it is, its not the teachers fault nor the schools fault! Discipline your children! Stop pointing the finger and blaming everyone else!!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2011
I won't say that FDHS is the best high school in PG County, it's a pretty good school compared to some others. I visited with all 7 of my child's teachers during the parent-teacher conference on 11/11 and for the most part we had a a pretty good visit with my child teachers. Someone made the comment below that the school had a sanitary condition that needed to be address. This is TRUE and I did indeed notice this while walking around the school. I know my child is a well-behaved child and it showed when one of the teachers made the comment that he wish he had 10 of my child. So yes, we as parents need to make sure that our child is behaving properly. My child knows if I get a phone call from a teacher thats going to be a big issue! PARENTS CHECK ON YOUR CHILD!! CALL/EMAIL THEIR TEACHERS. DISRUPTIVE KIDS ARE HURTING OUR CLASSROOMS!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
I am one of a student here at FDHS, and this school is good i wouldn't say GREAT PLACE but it a good place to learn at, and to be comfortable in the environment,but since the upcoming freshmen in 2011, things have been going out of control, food fights, fire alarm pulled, riots as part of the 2011 senior prank, but this school is still fun and will hold alot of memories as time fly by, i would also concluded that the school need more money to rebuild and improve their sanitary , theirs fly cockroaches i didn't even know they can fly everywhere and mice, this school need a exterminator and some money other then that THIS IS A GOOD SCHOOL, im glad that ill be leaving soon c/o 2013 :)

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2011
I have found FDHS to be a very interesting school, with very bright and intelligent students. The Administrators and some teachers are very helpful and approachable, however, the hiring of more experienced and educated teachers is the existing COUNTY problem. The REAL problem lies with the parental participation, because the child is now in HS, doesn't mean that WE, the PARENT can not continue to play a vital role in their lives. THEY ARE NOT GROWN, if they are then...WTH are they doing in HS?...do you see the problem??? If your child is disrespectful at home, guess what, YOUR child will be disrespectful at school. STOPING blaming the school and teachers! Grant it, some of the teachers (not all just SOME) at FDHS are the WORST, thats when YOU, as the parent, are suppose to be visible and let the teacher know to do her job as TEACHER, and you will do yours as PARENT!!! Come on PARENTS, lets raise UP and be Parent, and support our children and teachers!!! Let's stop the county from destroying our schools in PG County!! Cut OUT all the Politics is SCHOOL system, because it is DESTROYING our FUTURE!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
I've spent much time here, getting involved. There are some really good kids and teachers here, but unfortunately the good is being overwhelmed by the 'not so good'. I caution any parent and child to avoid this school by any means necessary. If you are a military family moving to the area, make sure you do not purchase/rent in this school zone. If your child requires special education services, opt to homeschool her. The incompetence is painful. Also, professionalism is lacking here, from top to bottom, and you're better off at another high school or moving out of the county. This school should rename itself Croom Road HS until it is worthy to carry the name of Frederick Douglass. The best solution for this school is for it to become strictly a trade school or a child reform school for the county. And based on conversations with several past parents/graduates, the state should have taken this school over years ago.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 15, 2010
I think Frederick Douglass High School is one of if not the Best High School in this County. Mr. Saunders is an extremely warm and caring administrator. He is accessble to concerns and act upon those concerns in a timely manner. Sure student behavior is a problem throughout this County, but instead of complaining, how about spending more time at the school seeing what you can do to make it better. I agree that some of the teachers leave a lot to be desired, but what are you doing to help to send them out the door?????

- submitted by a community member
December 20, 2009
I feel like the students at Frederick Doulgass high School give Mr.Douglass a bad name. The students are way out of contorl, and the teachers do a horrible job at handling their kids. The school needs more improvement. Also, I'm a senior in the class of 2010. The class at school is broke and I feel like the school doesn't even care. They raise money for all this other stuff, and my class is going to end up having prom in the gym. The school seems cheap to me, and it always needs money, and I find this very sad. I'm glad to be leaving Douglass this year.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 18, 2009
My daughter is a senior at Douglass. I am really happy that this is her last year. I agree with the comments made about Mr. Sanders. He is not approachable. There a a few good teachers who really do show interest in their students. Ms. Jenkins, Mr. Romos to name a few. The students walk the hallways using vulgar language. If I didn't know any better, I would think I was in a D.C. public high school.

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November 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2009
As a current teacher at Frederick Douglass High School, I find it extremely offensive when I read such negative comments from parents referring to the teachers 'feelings' and interactions. This is my second year at Douglass but my seventh year in the county and I believe Douglass has an excellent staff and programs. The principal interacts EXTREMELY well with the staff and students. He also received the Educator of the Year award in 2009. Douglass test scores remain among the top 10 in the county although there is room for improvement and the teachers are not afraid of the students. Those reading comments on this page need to keep in mind that one persons experience may be different from your experience, however, I am one that works in this environment daily and can provide accurate testimony. It is not a bad school at all.

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July 23, 2009
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June 08, 2009
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May 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
I am a graduate of douglass. My expirence there was very interesting. Becuase i transferred from a private school to douglass, i felt that i was always a step ahead of my classmates. Things that were being taught in 11th grade at douglass i had already learned in 9th grade. Douglass has the potential to be a great school. The teachers (i think) need a little more training on how to cope with disruptive students. It was so many times that class was disrupted because the teacher got so frustrated with a 'bad' child and thought that the solution was to stop teaching and make everyone be quite and 'read to themsleves'. That took away from eveyone's learning expirence. If at all possible i would suggest sending your child to private school. I was not financially able to finish my 4 years at mcnamara, but i really wish i had.

- submitted by a former student
December 23, 2005
I am very concerned about the quality of the teachers, class sizes and lunch. I don't think the teachers are of high quality and vary methodology enough to ensure all children are learning. Test scores are horrible and have been for some time. Children are not learning the skills necessary to get the scores they need to get into a good college and graduate from HS for that matter with the new standardized test. The English curriculum is not teaching vocabulary enough. I don't think teachers are held accountable for children success they seem to blame the child. Lunch food is not health and lines are long.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
I am in my third year at Frederick Douglass. I feel that the faculty tries extremely hard to provide everything neccessary for us to excel. The school is very productive and has great extracurricular activities. Our football team is 10-0! Our cheerleaders just won number one and our dance team won second in nationals. Our test scores could be higher but everything done at Douglass is to help us excel in college and on exams. I am extremely happy with Douglass, I doubt that anyone that is not happy has joined a club and participated in events that go beyond the classroom.

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September 30, 2005
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August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 06, 2005
I attended this school for two years and my sister attended this school for all 4 years of her high school education. Many of the reviews on this board are false and based off one day evaluations. For the most part this school is a great school. The only problem i ran into were fights and stealing. But you have to think its gonna happen anywhere and the discipline there for fighting and such was much more severe then my new school. I now attend a St. Marys County school and i am so far ahead of the rest of my grade. I credit that to Douglass for teaching me the essentials while still making it easy to learn.

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August 03, 2005
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July 17, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 03, 2005
Most days at Douglass are off the hook! The student body reflects the way administration handles problems; the students know they can get away with cursing, cutting class, disrespecting teachers and running a muck in class. I would NEVER send my child to Douglass.

- submitted by a teacher
May 15, 2005
Douglas did not work for my son. Unfortunately, I had to take the private school route in order to ensure that my son was receiving the tools necessary to prepare him for college. I strongly believe that a teacher overhaul is needed. There are way to many teachers at Douglas who don't want to teach. The class sizes are to large and while Ms. Goldson is fabulous she can't do it by herself. My son's Geometry and World History teachers were the only two teachers whom I felt really took their work and the students seriously.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
I have been attending Douglass for Four years. i am a senior and will be attending a four year college next year. i have passed the Advanced Placement history test and recived college credits. I think that the school isn't the best but it is far from the worst. I believe that my school is excellent in the fact that our principal really cares and she want us to good so that we can acheive great things in life. All high schools have there bad points, but also look at there good points. More students are taking the Adavanced Placement Test and recieving college credits. One of our seniors from last year entered college as a second semester freashmen.

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May 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 30, 2004
I think that the teachers, staff, and administration work together to try to make Frederick Douglass a top quality school. The SAT scores increased this past year by 16 point! Douglass's classes are large because many families are moving to Upper Marlboro, Maryland at a steady pace; a new, nearby high school has been planned, but it be a while before it is finished. In the meantime, I think that parents can help the school in what it can do for students and the community by disciplining their children at home and by checking with their pupils to make sure that they are keeping up with their homework and assignments. As a Douglass instructor, based on activity that I observe daily, many of the teachers seem to be bending over backwards to provide help and resources to Douglass's students. The children definitely stand to benefit from more parent discipline and involvement.

- submitted by a teacher
July 09, 2004
I attends this school and she likes but there are somethings that i do not like. The principal Moncia Goldson is great she is doing good things with Douglass and is making sure that her students are safe and she is trying hard to get the GRADES and thing up,but there are times when i comes home complaining that there are just two many kids in one class.

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May 21, 2004
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December 23, 2003
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Frederick Douglass High School
8000 Croom Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD  20772
(301) 952-2400
Last modified Frederick Douglass High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Frederick Douglass High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top