Douglass Students Shock Onlookers in Academic Downtown Derby

April 23, 2018Blog, UncategorizedComments Off on Douglass Students Shock Onlookers in Academic Downtown Derby

Students at Douglass Academy competed in a high intensity, NASCAR inspired academic skills competition on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The competition – named “FASTAR” – saw students “race” to complete workbooks of 50 math problems and a reading passage at top speeds of two minutes.  First Grade student Solomon Gaskill (pictured above) was the first place winner in the first & second grade race. Developed 14 years ago, “FASTAR” — which stands for Fluent Academic Skills Tournament in Arithmetic and Reading – is an exciting competition where contestants demonstrate mastery of math and reading as they are cheered on by other students and family members.

“Once you experience FASTAR, you discover its three times faster and more fun than Jeopardy,” said Carla Fisher, the Headmaster of Douglass Academy. “Our students are amazing!”

The race, which had 50 competitors vying for trophies from grades K-5, lasted approximately 3 hours –  going from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Located in downtown Wilmington at 6th and Red Cross Streets, Douglass Academy is in its fifth year as a school of choice having a program of classical education for kindergarten through 5th grade.  With parents in North Carolina having the freedom to choose – tuition free – where their children are educated, Douglass Academy is a public charter school that draws nearly 200 students from the greater Wilmington community.

Douglass Academy is one of four public charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. The schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. Douglass Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school that welcomes all students, regardless of income, ability, or address, and provides free transportation and meal services. To learn more or enroll online, please visit

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