Students Burn Rubber in Riveting Academic Competition

April 19, 2018BlogLeave a reply

Students at Charter Day School competed in a high intensity, NASCAR inspired academic skills competition on Wednesday – April 18, 2018. The competition – named “FASTAR” – sees students “race” to complete workbooks of 50 math problems and a reading passage at top speeds of two minutes. “FASTAR” stands for Fluent Academic Skills Tournament in Arithmetic and Reading and was developed 14 years ago at Charter Day School.

Set amidst 80 acres in Leland, NC, the Charter Day School (CDS) is in its 18th year as a high-performing program of classical education for kindergarten through 8th grade.  With parents in North Carolina having the freedom to choose – tuition free – where their children are educated, CDS is a charter school that draws over 900 students from across Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

The FASTAR competition, which had 174 competitors vying for trophies from grades K-5, lasted approximately 6 hours –  going from 9:00 a.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.

Laurie Benton, Headmaster of Charter Day School, commented, “FASTAR is a fun and exciting way to reward the great academic work of our students. It combines the thrills of a sporting event with math & reading prowess. Each year students can’t wait to practice and compete in FASTAR – giving academics a well-deserved spotlight and reinforcing our dedication to a rigorous classical education.”

Located at 7055 Bacons Way NE, Leland, NC 28451, Charter Day School is one of four charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. The other schools include Douglass Academy in Wilmington, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. Charter Day School is a tuition-free, charter school that welcomes all students, regardless of income, ability, or address.  To learn more or enroll online, please visit

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