Douglass High School: By the Numbers

April 17, 2008 1 min read

In June, you’ll be able to see what life is like at Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High in an HBO documentary. After 30 minutes of searching the Web, here’s the school’s story in numbers:

All of the school’s 1,185 students are African-Americans. Of the enrollment, 460 are freshman, 240 are sophomores, 284 are juniors, and 201 are seniors. Its attendance rate is 68.9 percent.

It has never made AYP. Every year, it has missed its AYP goals in reading. Special education students met the AYP goal in mathematics in 2002-03. That’s the only year a subgroup has met its goal.

In 2006-07, 21.2 percent of Douglass students scored at proficient or above on the state’s English test. That’s compared to 48.1 percent in the Baltimore City district and 70.9 percent in the state. Here are the Algebra test scores from the same year: Douglass, 21.3 percent; Baltimore, 48.1 percent; Maryland, 70.9 percent. You’ll find the scores here.

In a survey earlier this year, 52.8 percent of students agreed with the statement: “I feel safe at school.” (To see the complete survey results, go to this page and download the spreadsheet for school 450.)

Probably not going to be an uplifting documentary.

A version of this news article first appeared in the NCLB: Act II blog.