Douglass Academy Students Compete in High Intensity Academic Competition

May 2, 2019BlogComments Off on Douglass Academy Students Compete in High Intensity Academic Competition

Students at Douglass Academy competed in a high intensity, NASCAR-inspired academic skills competition on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The competition – named “FASTAR” – sees students “race” to complete a reading passage and 50 math problems at speeds close to two minutes. “FASTAR” stands for Fluent Academic Skills Tournament in Arithmetic and Reading and was developed 14 years ago.

The FASTAR competition, which had 50 competitors vying for trophies from grades K-5, lasted approximately two and half hours – going from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. After the racing, an awards ceremony was held where every racer received a medal and top scorers received trophies.

Nikki Chaney, Headmaster of Douglass Academy, commented, “Our students love competing in FASTAR! The competition turns reading and math into a high-octane race that excites the whole school.  FASTAR challenges our students in a fun way and places the spotlight on our rigorous classical curriculum.”

Douglass Academy is one of four charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell. The other schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport with a combined enrollment of over 2,100 students in K-8. All four are tuition-free, charter schools that welcome all students, regardless of income, ability, or address.  To learn more or enroll online, please visit

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