Memphis Schools

Douglass High

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: 9 – 12
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • Status: Recent Turnaround
  • School turnaround happened in 2016
  • State Designation: Priority School
  • 663 Students
  • 15 Students per Teacher
  • Methodology: iZone, Gradual Release of Responsibility
  • Theme: Public Service and Communication Arts
  • Languages Offered: Spanish
  • School Day: 7:15am – 3:15pm
  • Extended Calendar: In 2016-2017, Frederick Douglass High School became a member of SCS iZone. In addition to receiving additional supports to promote student achievement, students in the iZone attend school for an extra hour Monday through Friday, which affords them over 20 additional school days of instructional time to help meet achievement gaps and strengthen academic skills development.
  • Opened in 1947
  • Uniform Required
  • This school has been selected to enter the Innovation Zone in 2016-2017.
  • Partners with a number of companies and organizations that host workshops, speaker forums, training sessions and assist faculty in the development of special projects and classroom lessons. Member of the Facing History and Ourselves Small Schools Network, a partnership offering training resources for the faculty and leadership opportunities for the students.
  • Optional Program for Communication Arts has been adopted by the University of Memphis Department of Communication, providing opportunities for mentorship, job shadowing, workshops, and training for students in the many fields of communications; also grants Douglass' students access to the University of Memphis campus for lectures, concerts, plays, and other events
  • Douglass High received the highest gains year over year with: (1) graduation rate (2) TVASS Level 5 for literacy and numeracy, and (3) Proficient Targets met in math and English.
  • Stakeholders, Partners, and Adopters for Douglass High School include: The National Douglass Alumni Corporation, Facing History and Ourselves, Second Baptist Church, The University of Memphis Department of Communications, The Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, City of Memphis Government, Shelby County Government, State of TN Government, Coca-Cola
  • Extracurriculars: Cheerleaders, Majorettes, American Music Club, Channel 3 Knowledge Bowl, Daughters of Douglass, DHS Debate, DHS Marching Band, Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Garden Club, Facing History Student Group, Family Career & Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Globetrotters, Guitar Club, International Club, JROTC, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Sons of Douglass, SkillsUSA, Student Advisory Board, Student Council, Student Envoy Group, Student Government Association, Teen Appeal, and Yearbook Staff
  • Special Education: Adaptive Functional Skills Class & Functional Skills Class
  • Parent Involvement: Parents are asked to enter a 'service contract,' which ensures their participation in graduation information sessions, speaker forums, field experiences, and other school-sponsored activities; PTO
  • Tours: All stakeholders and community partners are valued and invited to volunteer or visit. Please contact the main office at 901-416-0990.
  • College Counseling Program is lead by Guidance Department. Counselors Dr. Washington and Ms. Webb work to promote and expose students to post-secondary opportunities via college and career fairs, field trips, and hosting college and military recruitment representatives. Sponsor open labs for parents and students to complete the FAFSA and other post-secondary requirements.
  • AP Classes: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Statistics, Biology
  • Offers Junior ROTC

Enrollment Info

  • Students must be zoned to school or apply for transfer through Optional or General Choice Transfer Processes. See SCS Optional website for more details.
  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - Score at or above 50th percentile on Total/Composite Reading NWEA MAP, TCAP, ACT, PSAT, or SAT Reading/Critical Reading, score at least Proficient on End-of-Course exams, have As or Bs with no more than two Cs, have satisfactory conduct and attendance with no more than 15 absences and/or tardies, one letter of recommendation from a community leader or teacher. The PSAT/NMSQT is required in 10th and 11th grades.
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  • Somewhat Diverse Economically80.4% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


13.9 In 2023, the Average ACT Score for students was 13.9
81.9% In 2023, the Graduation Rate for seniors was 81.9%
1 In 2023, the TVAAS Growth Score showed less than expected growth

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