About Our Academic Focus

Recognizing and Promoting Success

At Frederick Douglass Elementary School, excellence is expected from every student, everyday.

Rewards for top performance include:

  • Quarterly Honor Roll
  • Student of the Month
  • Behavior Incentives
  • Perfect Attendance Program
  • Good Citizenship Program
  • Birthday Celebration

Technology Integration


  • Make It — Use Technology to show creativity
  • Say It — Use Technology to Communicate
  • Share It — Use Technology to Collaborate
  • Find It — Use Technology to Show Information Literacy
  • Solve It — Use Technology to Think Critically, Solve problems or Be Decision Makers
  • Use It — Use Technology Devices to Improve Learning
  • Protect It — Follow Rules of Digital Citizenship


All students in grades 5-9 belong to an Advisory Team. Advisory Teams are made up of a small group of students and a teacher. They are a place where students make plans: for school, for college, for their careers and for their futures. This is a safe time to talk about barriers and needs; to be serious, but to have fun, too. Advisories are helping students build academic and social skills by breaking down barriers, fostering relationships, strengthening listening skills and, most important, building trust.

CPS' My Tomorrow Initiative

My Tomorrow is a new vision of education for CPS in which every student is prepared for the remarkable future racing straight at us.

Content Standards

At CPS, we aim to ensure all of our students graduate from high school ready for the career paths of their choice. That's why all of our schools offer coursework that challenges and engages our students. We follow Ohio's Learning Standards to ensure our students at all grade levels build the skills and knowledge they need to be college and career ready.


Frederick Douglass Elementary has strengthened its partnership with Walnut Hills High School beyond the See It, Believe It, Achieve It mentor program through an addition of 11 after school clubs designed, planned and implemented by Walnut Hills High School students.

The Power of One! One Volunteer. One Organization. One More Committment. One Student. One Powerful Impact. Sign up for tutoring here.


CPS offers enrichment programs for students who are identified as gifted (link to gifted page). Visit the CPS website to learn more about our gifted programs.

Monitoring Academics and Testing

Students in Cincinnati Public Schools are tested throughout the school year to determine knowledge and skill levels. These tests measure students’ achievement to determine strengths and weaknesses so teachers can adjust instruction to meet students’ needs. Visit the CPS website to learn more about the testing procedures and monitoring academics.

Special Education

Special education and related services are offered to children ages three through twenty-one in public and non-public schools. Visit the CPS website to learn more about our programs and services.

Third-Grade Reading Guarantee

Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee aims to ensure that struggling young readers get the support needed to improve. Learn more about how the third-grade reading guarantee works.