Freshman Academy

Welcome Class of 2025

Please join us for Freshman Orientation

Monday July 26, 2021 - 1:00-3:30
at Frederick Douglass High School

Please sign up here to let us know you are coming

-Class of 2025 Welcome Letter-

Freshman Welcome Letter with Academy intros 2021-2022.pdf
Freshman aims fire hose at Freshman Academy Fire and EMS event
Student sits in helicopter during Freshman Academy Fire and EMS event
Freshman Academy signed commitment to graduation banner

Welcome to the Freshman Academy

At Frederick Douglass High School

As a 9th grade student, you begin your educational experience in the Freshman Academy, which promotes an exciting and positive transition from middle school to high school.


  • Small learning community: small teams of students and teachers offer a personalized learning experience

  • Core Classes: English, Math, Science, plus electives and Freshman Seminar

  • Exposure to career options

  • Career Expo: an interactive career exploration event

  • Field trip to college campus

  • Guest speakers

  • Workshops that introduce extra-curricular, co-curricular, sports, and other school-sponsored activities

Freshman Seminar Course

All freshman take the Freshman Seminar course. Along with career exploration and development, this one-year course teaches essential success skills such as how to take initiative and responsibility, effective teamwork and communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. This course will help you make an informed decision as to which academy you will enroll in your sophomore through senior years, and what personal, collegiate, and professional journey you would like to embark on after high school. Freshman Academy helps you explore your world and find your future.