A Program Promoting Academic Excellence and Cultural Awareness
"It is not your environment. It is you. The quality of your minds, the integrity of your words, the determination of your wills that will decide your future and shape your lives." -Dr. Benjamin Mays
The SF Chapter of the National Achiever Society [NAS] is under the auspices of the Florida Education Fund and has established itself as one of the Centers of Excellence’s premier programs. Formerly known as the McKnight Achievers,this college track programwas established with the purpose of encouraging students in kindergarten through 12th grade[K-12] to excel both academically and culturally. The Society’s goalis to increase the pool of under-represented and historically disadvantaged students who are prepared, motivated and qualified to enter higher education. The chief intentis to develop a group achievement model for its members. By continually focusing on the importance of higher education and group accomplishments, NAS has enjoyed success in helping students develop a sense of achievement and pride that turns learners into leaders.
NAS members are "A-B" Honor Roll students who demonstrate outstanding character and commitment to transformative community service. Monthly meetingssustain academic excellence, promote service based leadership and further cultural awareness/global citizenship. The program offersleadership activities; peer tutoring and counseling, educational trips and conferences; test preparation; pre-college prep workshops and college tours. Homework helpfor middle school students and SAT preparation for high school students is available through the NAS Online web portal. Partnership with churches and religious centersis an essential component of NAS and is an integral resource for Center activities.
A statewide Annual Brain Bowlcompetition motivates students to improve academic skills outside the traditional classrooms in math, writing and reading based on FCAT and SAT questions. Math and History & Culture Brain Bowl Teams compete for scholarships at Florida universities and colleges. A three (3) week Summer Enrichment Programis held at the SF Northwest campusthat includes exposure to the SF Planetarium, Teaching Zoo and Health Sciences Department. Students acquire skills in core academic courses for the upcoming school year and experience interactive approaches to STEM and SAT preparation.
Inducteesare students who demonstrate achievement academically and socially by maintaining "A" and "B" grades and by adhering to excellence in behavior so they are role models for others. Statewide approximately 300 new students are inducted into NAS annually at the ten Centers of Excellence that operate in the state of Florida. Since 1986 over 19,000 students have been inducted.
Eligibility for membership in the NAS includes:
- Enrollment in K-12 grade
- A-B Honor Roll
- Being sponsored by an adult who serves as a mentor in the Achiever's Life
- Involvement in community service projects
- Recognition for artistic and cultural talents
- Competing in and winning regional and state competitions that offer scholarships
Achievers, parents and sponsors are expected to participate in local, state and national conferences. Monthly meetings are held on the second (2nd) and third(3rd) Saturday of each month (except July and August) at SF Northwest Campus to facilitate the attendance of all Achievers and their parents. Active participation is encouraged because "it takes a village to raise a child". Come join us in this rich academic and cultural pursuit for excellence!
Contact us: Harriet M. Stafford, Director
John S. Cowart, Community Liaison
3000 NW 83rd Street
Building I Room 41
Gainesville, FL 32606
Phone: (352) 381-7086
Fax: (352) 395-7395
Also visit: www.fefonline.org