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Fine Arts Department


What's Possible For You is Possible For ME!!

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We’re proud of the reputation that Frederick Douglass Academy VIII has gained throughout the years - for a place where students and instructors alike can thrive and make the most of their talents. Every year, we gladly welcome creative and passionate students from District 19 and beyond.


Frederick Douglass Academy VIII is an ideal Arts School for students to prepare for Performing arts High Schools, understand fully their chosen craft, or as a means of self expression. Whether you’re enrolled or thinking of applying, continue browsing to find out about our programs, admissions process and more.

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"The world is but a canvas to our imagination"

Henry David Thoreau

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