Frederick Douglass Elementary - Mastery Charter School


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Your Neighborhood School in North Philadelphia

Welcome to Mastery Charter Frederick Douglass Elementary, recognized by the School District of Philadelphia for 5 consecutive years of academic growth! (SPR 2018-19)

When you walk through our doors, you can feel the students’ joy and excitement to learn, as well as the love our teachers and school leaders have for every child in the building. We pride ourselves on challenging our students academically and educating the whole child. That means, along with the core classes of math, science, and reading, we focus on the core values of respect, responsibility, hard work, teamwork, and kindness.

Students who attend Douglass Elementary have the opportunity to attend our Simon Gratz High School, giving them a full K-12 Mastery experience.







Our School

  • Students come to school excited to start their day.  
  • Free breakfast!
  • After breakfast, teachers welcome students to class and begin the morning meeting. 
  • Reading is very important, especially for students in grades K-2 when they are just learning how to read. That’s why our younger students have at least 2-3 hours of reading lessons each day.
  • In addition to reading, students have math, social students and science classes. 
  • Time for lunch!
  • After lunch, students in the lower grades have free play or a structured recess. 
  • In addition to our core classes, students also take physical education, music or a foreign language.
  • Once the school day is over, it’s time for after-school clubs and our optional aftercare program.

Learn more about our K-12 Approach.

Aftercare and a variety of after-school activities, sports and clubs are available, including:

Some examples include:

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art Club
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Ballet
  • Basketball
  • Board Game Club
  • Boys Club
  • Ceramics
  • Cooking Zone
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Crochet
  • Dance
  • Fitness Training
  • Games Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Homework Support
  • Reading Enrichment
  • Robotics
  • Tennis
  • Tutoring
  • Yoga Club

Frederick Douglass Uniform shirts are available for purchase at our main office for $12 each.  

Students in grades K-7 wear a royal blue polo shirt with the Mastery logo. Students in Eighth Grade wear a black polo shirt with the Mastery Logo. All students may wear navy or black bottoms and closed toe shoes of their choice. 


Students will receive 1 Free Uniform shirt during Student Orientation.

Frederick Douglass Elementary serves students in North Philadelphia who live in the school’s attendance zone within the 19121 zip code. 

The school cannot enroll students living outside of its attendance zone, even if they reside within the listed 19121 zip code. 


Our Team


Monique Dolcy, Principal

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Monique B. Dolcy grew up in Bronx, NY and moved to Delaware 17 years ago to raise her family. Over the course of the last 15 years, Ms. Dolcy served as an ELA teacher, Dean, Assistant Principal of School Culture and as a Principal Fellow at Uncommon schools. Most recently, Ms. Dolcy served as Acting Principal at Hardy Williams High School for 3 quarters of the school year.

Ms. Dolcy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from The College of New Rochelle, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Strayer University and her Principal Certification through the Delaware Leadership Project.

Ms. Dolcy brings to Frederick Douglass her love for people, children, Mastery and a desire to be a part of revolutionary education for black and brown communities. When Ms. Dolcy is not visiting classrooms, meeting with parents or engaging with students, she can be found in her kitchen whipping up something amazing.


Our staff is available to support you and your child throughout their school experience. We are available to meet with families and answer questions via the email addresses listed here.


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"I just love the communication between
the parents and the teachers and the school."

-Yonita Martin, Mastery Parent