Students at Charter Day School competed in a high intensity, NASCAR-inspired academic skills competition on Tuesday, April 23, 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 at Charter Day School.
The FASTAR competition, which had 169 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 turns academic excellence into a thrilling sporting experience. Students love competing in FASTAR as their classmates cheer them on. It places academics in the spotlight and reinforces our dedication to a rigorous classical education.”
Charter Day School 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 Douglass Academy in Wilmington, 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 EnrollRBA.com