Frederick Douglass Academy Takes Up Residence At FRHS
By Miriam Rosenberg
The Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School – which is housed in a single hallway in Far Rockaway High School (FRHS) – officially celebrated its opening on October 26 with music, speeches and a close-up look at the academy’s classrooms.
Principal Linda Alfred told The Wave that The Frederick Douglass Academy is a preparatory school that prepares each of its students to attend the college or university of their choice.
“Our goal is to take each of our children’s lives and make a change,” said Alfred to all of those at the ceremony.
Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Superintendent of Region 5, recalled the negative reaction she received the first time she came to FRHS and proposed bringing the academy there.
The celebration included students taking part in reciting the student creed and a candle lighting ceremony, performances by students – Jasmyne Johnson (piano) and Mister Chisholm (rap) – and a violin solo by teacher Tamara Thomas. Cashin and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer cut the ribbon, which was followed by a tour of the academy’s classrooms by those who attended the opening.