About Frederick Douglass School


Frederick Douglass Elementary will be committed to providing our students with opportunities to achieve success. As a village (students, staff, families and community), we will partner to establish a safe, secure and healthy environment that equips all students with the knowledge and skill needed for their tomorrow.


Frederick Douglass students will be academically, physically and socio-emotionally prepared to succeed as students today and lead as global citizens of tomorrow.


Today will decide if I succeed or fail tomorrow. I am going to be successful today in each and every way. I will do my best. I will pass. Life is a test. I will not fail.

Frederick Douglass sought to embody three keys for success in life:

  1. Believe in yourself.
  2. Take advantage of every opportunity.
  3. Use the power of spoken and written language to effect positive change for yourself and society.

Frederick Douglass said, "What is possible for me, is possible for you." By taking these keys and making them his own, Frederick Douglass created a life of honor, respect and success that he could never have dreamed of when still a boy on Colonel Lloyd's plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Reasons to Attend

Benefits include:

  • Parent Friendly
  • Academics & Attendance
  • Neighborhood Centered & Partner
  • Technology Driven
  • High Expectations for Every Child
  • Energetic & Enthusiastic Staff
  • Rigorous Instruction
  • Student Centered

Community Learning Centers

For our schools to transform, our communities must be revitalized. For our communities to revitalize, our schools must be transformed. They are dependent on each other and Community Learning Centers are the link.

What is a Community Learning Center (CLC)?

Schools and the communities they serve are closely linked. Seldom does one succeed without the success of the other. That's why our CLCs support student achievement, enrich and revitalize communities, and maximize the community's return on their financial investment.

We are very proud to be a CLC and a neighborhood anchor. We strive to go beyond academics to focus on the whole child by serving as a hub for community services that are available to all students, their families and the entire community. We are able to offer a variety services thanks to the collaboration and support of our many partners and the committed community of Walnut Hills.

Our Resource Coordinator

Sheena J. Dunn is the Resource Coordinator for Douglass School.

The key component of a CLC is the partners who provide services and support. To manage and align these valuable partnerships, our full-time, on-site Resource Coordinator, Sheena J. Dunn, plays an integral role in the success of the Community Learning Center.

To learn more about the services available at our school or how your company or organization can become a CLC partner or volunteer, please contact Sheena J. Dunn at (513) 363-1900 or via email.

Local School Decision-Making Committee (LSDMC)

LSDMC is a group of parents, teachers and community representatives. The group functions in an advisory role to the principal, to determine program, policy and budget issues for the school.

School Visits and Tours

We welcome visits from parents and guardians as well as prospective families who would like a tour. To protect student safety, all visitors must register in the office before going to the classroom. Parents/guardians who would like a conference with their child's teacher must schedule an appointment with the teacher.

Tours are also available on request. To schedule a tour, stop by our main office or call us at (513) 363-1900.

Our History

Frederick Douglass Elementary was founded in 1858 in the house of Rev. Dangerfield Early. In 1870, Douglass Elementary joined Cincinnati Public Schools. The first Frederick Douglass school house, dedicated in 1872, was located in Alms Place. Due to the increased enrollment of students, a new building would be needed.

Dedicated in November of 1911, the new building was considered to be state-of-the-art for its time. There were 19 classroom, an auditorium, library, gym, and a 3-room model apartment for domestic science classes. This building is where the Frederick Douglass Alumni Association (that still exists today) was founded. The next location would be built in 1972, and now serves as the alternate suspension site for Cincinnati Public Schools.

Douglass students moved into our current, state-of-the-art building in August 2007. The many features of this building — from classroom organization to fantastic technology — will expose your child to a high level of curriculum and services as we strive to prepare them for the future that lies ahead. We welcome you and your family to visit this new learning center.