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Day One

Welcome to Frederick Douglass High School


We are "the essence of a student -centered school". 

Our mission is to collaboratively prepare students for their post-secondary options. We do so by engaging and empowering students, parents, teachers and the greater school community.
 Save the Date: Douglass High School Principal Meet and Greet with Dr. Tony Burks.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Douglass High School.
5:30pm-7:30pm (brief welcome and introductions at 6pm and 7pm)

We will provide opportunities for you to review and understand your child’s transcript in 
our subsequent Parent CHATS. This opportunity will give you a clear assessment of 
your child’s status for graduation and academic progress.
We are going full uniform for the 2013-14 school year. We are inviting parents and 
students to provide their input on the selection of uniform choices. Parents may visit our 
front atrium and view the currently proposed designs for student uniforms. Order 
information and pricing will be prepared at the conclusion of the official adoption of 
Parent participation in our Parent Academy has been very low. We are encouraging our 
parents to participate in these opportunities to develop and expand your personal 
portfolios. Your engagement makes our efforts worth while.
As you review your child’s progress reports and confer with his/her teachers, please be 
reminded of the hosts of opportunities that we have available for providing enrichment 
and extra-help for our students. The services are without success if your and your child 
does not participate in the opportunity. Help us help your child(ren) experience success!
April 22, 2013
www.frederickdouglasshigh.orgParent Engagement Opportunities
PTA Meetings
April 29, 2013 @ 6:00PM

LSAC Meetings
April 23, 2013 @6:00PM

Parent CHAT 
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 9:00AM
JROTC Student Awards Program
Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 9:00AM

Vision of the School Presentation
May 7th
Hospitality Suite

Parent Liaison Meet and Greet
Wednesday Mornings 9:00AM-10:00AM
Visions of the Future
May 23rd @ 7:00PM
May 25th @ 9:00AM

Upcoming Events

District Announcements

  • DrCarstarphen September 11, 2014


    Dear APS Families:


    Welcome to a new school year! I am honored to be your new Superintendent. I am 10 weeks into my new job, and I am delighted to share that we are off to a better start. Our students answered the “Day One: Be There.” call by coming to school on the first day, and in fact, over 25,000 APS students had perfect attendance during the first month of the school year! 


    As we continue our attendance campaign this year, I am asking for your help to ensure your child is in class and ready for instruction everyday this school year. In APS, we have students—especially at the high school level—who miss one day every two weeks. That adds up to one month of missed instruction every year. Over five years, it adds up to about half a school year of missed instruction. If students miss school, they can’t learn and they will not be ready for the new Georgia Milestones test, a far more rigorous test that is replacing the CRCT and EOCT this year.


    This week also marks another Big 10 - the 10th anniversary of our Atlanta Public Schools State of the Schools celebration. It was my first one and if you were unable to attend on Tuesday, I hope you will go online to hear the update on the state of our district at


    Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to visit many of our schools in APS. I have been energized by some of the best teaching I have ever seen, and I remain optimistic about what the future holds for us.  At the same time, I am very clear that we have much more work ahead of us if we are going to deliver the excellent education that your children deserve.


    While our students and staff have been hard at work, our Atlanta Board of Education members and I also have been working.  As we chart a new course for Atlanta Public Schools, we have drafted a new charge (mission and vision) for the district. This is what we do every day and what we aspire to be:


    • Our Mission: Through a caring culture of trust and collaboration, every APS student will be ready for college and career.

    • Our Vision:   A high-performing school district where students love to learn, educators work to inspire, parents are engaged, and the community has trust in the district. We welcome your feedback on our work at


    As we embark on this journey together, I am working diligently to foster a transparent and collaborative environment for our families. To that end, I want to encourage you to get involved this year.  Whether by volunteering at your child’s school, participating in the important decision-making process around selecting a school system operating model and flexibility option, or participating in one of our new citizen advisory or oversight committees, I hope you will get engaged!  You can learn more about these opportunities and see more of what we have been up to these past few weeks by visiting or following my blog at


    I looking forward to being your partner in helping to fulfill the hopes and dreams of our children. Welcome back and have a great school year!
    Meria J. Carstarphen



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  • Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portal

    CPP Login Page:

    Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades by Campus Portal for Parents (CPP) which is an easy-to-use, secure communications tool. Additionally, CPP enables parents to verify household information, including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.
    Contact your child’s school to get your CPP activation key. Parents are required to  request the CPP activation key in person. To ensure that all student information remains secure, parents must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID card, or passport) before receiving the CPP activation key.  Once parents receive the activation key, they can visit to create a unique username and password.

    Click the links below for more information on:

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  • Operating Models and School System Flexibility Options Flexgraphic

    Atlanta Public Schools will host Community Visioning Sessions across the district to inform and gather feedback from district stakeholders about the school system operating models and flexibility options outlined by the Georgia Department of Education. All session meetings will be open to the public, including parents, students, employees and community partners.
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  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  These rights include the right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Also, upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. 

    For more information about Student Records and disclosures, including directory information, please refer to the Student Handbook, and Board Policy JR and Administrative Regulation JR-1(R). 

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  • Report Address Fraud and Ethics Violations

    Report address fraud: 404-802-3540 or by email   

    Report ethics violations: 1-877-801-7754

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  • Move On When Ready

    Dual enrollment opportunity for students to attend a postsecondary institution full-time during their junior and/or senior year of high school.

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  • 21st Century Atlanta Scholars

    Congratulations! 21st Century Atlanta Scholars: Kaitlin Camp, Paris Jerome & Rifat Mursalin

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    We have four students participating in the All-City All-Star game on January 7, 2012: Corey Hicks, Reginald Stevens, Rashaun Darden & Chris Lipsey.

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  • AP Scholar

    Congratulations to Rifat Mursalin our AP Scholar he earned the College Board’s AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2011 AP Exams.

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  • Georgia All-Star player

    We have one student participating in the Georgia All-Star: Congratulate our own, Corey Hicks

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  • Gold Medal Yearbook Committee

    The Polaris Yearbook Staff has earned a Gold Medal from the prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for the second year in a row for its 2011 “REVIVE” publication! In addition, the staff earned “All- Columbian Honors” for the reference section of the publication

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  • HTM $30K MDRC Grant recipient

    Hospitality, Tourism & Marketing SLC received a second MDRC $30,000 Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to sustained the (CAPS)Careers Academy Projects with a focus on Career Explorations, College Readiness, and Internships.

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  • JROTC & CHAMPS partnership

    The JROTC Department established a partnership with the More Than Conquerors, Inc. and Morris Brown College to implement the Collegiate Health Awareness Messages Protecting Students (CHAMPS) program. The program is designed to respond and support the need for strategic youth development, teen pregnancy prevention and service learning. The CHAMPS meet with the cadets one class period a week.

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    The winner of the KENO competition was Frederick Douglass High School’s Business SLC team lead by Sedrica Stovall.

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