Our Education and Life Skills Programs

In partnership with local educators, business leaders, athletes, and supporting non-profit organizations, FASST seeks to provide educational and supportive programming.

• MSA/HSA Preparation
• Math and Science Tutoring
• S.A.T. and A.C.T. Preparation
• Presentation Skills Courses
• Partnership with the NCAA Clearinghouse
• “Dress Like the C.E.O”
• “Ethics in Life and Business”
• Mentoring Program
• “Dress for Success”

After School Tutoring

After school tutoring program for Grades 3 - 12. View PDF flyer

MSA/HSA Preparation

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is an annual measure of academic public school progress as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The FASST Scholars Program’s goal is to improve student achievement to meet AYP by engaging students in regular self-assessment and teaching directly to the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and High School Assessment (HSA) exams. With these standards held constant, the students can watch themselves grow over time and thus feel in charge of their own success.

Our Prep Classes Will Offer:

• Practice MSA Test to help reduce test anxiety
• Multimedia instruction to teach concepts
• Formative and Summative Assessments
• Post testing
• Test taking Strategies
• Study skills

An intermediate goal is to determine where each of our students is in relation to the state content standards. While the logic for this is clear, most schools do not collect evidence of or for learning on an ongoing basis. We cannot know what to teach students to take them to proficiency on indicators/objectives without knowing where they currently are on those indicators/objectives.

Sixth Grade College Preparatory Academy

The college preparatory academy for sixth graders is a long-term strategy for promoting college attendance and matriculation among Prince George’s County youth living in Forestville, Maryland and surrounding localities. The FASST Scholars Program is designed to improve the academic performance and overall life chances of socially and economically distressed young people who live in the most concentrated poverty areas of Forestville and who are under performing in the public schools. The FASST Scholars Program seeks to build bridges for these students to the social, educational, and occupational mainstream of the new digital economy. Beginning at sixth grade and continuing through high school graduation, the young scholars selected for participation in this program will be (1) required to take a set of college preparatory classes designed to: develop or hone their communication skills (reading, writing and public speaking), their personal skills (problem solving, note taking, time management, decision making and critical thinking), and their technical skills (math, science and computer usage); (2) linked with a cadre of college level tutors who will assist them with both their normal school work and their college preparatory courses; and (3) afforded the opportunity to participate in a range of program-specific and community-based extra curricular activities, including field trips designed to broaden their intellectual and socio-cultural horizons. Those students who remain in the program until high school graduation and who are accepted to a Maryland-area college or university will receive a scholarship.

FASST Mentor Program

An additional component of The FASST Scholars Program is the Mentor Program. We believe that children need positive relationships with caring adults. Parents generally fill this central need, but many children benefit from relationships with other adults to supplement—or in some cases, substitute for— relationships with their parents. Therefore, the mentoring of youth by adults is one of the more promising program approaches intended to promote positive youth outcomes. The goal of this program is to improve the academic achievement, self-esteem, social competence, and avoidance of problem/high-risk behavior by providing a relationship with a caring adult friend who works to help youth achieve their potential. The focus of outcomes for this program is targeted toward youth as the primary recipients of services, not mentors.

FASST Reading Program

The motivation of the FASST reading program is to increase vocabulary, comprehension and fluency of students through a variety of innovative high interest reading methods. New initiatives this Fall include the implementation of a Reading Program based upon the Bluford Series, which is a series of fifteen novels which reflect some of the same challenges that face our students. Through this initiative, writing skills, public speaking and presentation skills, as well as vocabulary development are enhanced.

FASST “Dress for Success” Program

Our “Dress for Success” initiative is implemented under the acronym P.E.A.R.L.S (Promoting Empowerment & Achievement (through) Realistic Learning Situations. Student-athletes are engaged in monthly workshops which deal with goal-setting, decision-making, interpersonal communication, team building and other skills which help facilitate their personal growth and development.

The Professional Alliance

The FASST Professional Alliance will be a partnership comprised of Professional and Collegiate Athletes, Businesses, and Educators. The primary goal of the Alliance will be to increase high school graduation and continued study of the FASST student-athletes. To achieve this goal, the task force will bring local business people into the classroom to talk about their jobs, what their companies do, and the role education has had in their lives. Further, current and former Athletes will also be invited to speak to the student-athletes in order to show the students how education can make a difference in their quality of living for the rest of their lives.

Computer Center

The Computer Center will offer access to cutting-edge computer technology on a drop-in basis for student-athletes participants. Participants will be able to use professional equipment and software for homework, prep test, and other projects.

S.A.T. and A.C.T. Preparation

With more than two million students taking the SAT and ACT tests each year, competition to get into the best colleges and universities is on the rise. Our college prep classes help to build the necessary skills, habits and attitudes our students need to score higher on test day and apply to college with confidence.