Columbus Charter School Students Compete in High Intensity Academic Competition!

April 25, 2019BlogLeave a reply

Students at Columbus Charter School competed in a high intensity, NASCAR-inspired academic skills competition on Thursday, April 18, 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 98 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.

Steve Smith, Headmaster of Columbus Charter School, commented, “FASTAR is a great experience that students look forward to all year. It encourages academic excellence in a fun and exciting way. The competition inspires students to hone the math and reading skills we emphasize in our rigorous program of classical education.”

Columbus Charter 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 Charter Day School in Leland, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, 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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