Frequently Asked Questions
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What is FAST?
FAST is a Fulton County Public Charter School offering grades K-8. Our objective is to provide an education based on design thinking and problem-solving with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children in our diverse community. Click to read our Charter Petition.
The Governing Board of Fulton Academy of Science and Technology includes a founding member, parents, and other supporters of FAST and STEM Education. The governing board is fully accountable to the school community, Fulton County Schools, and GADOE.
The internal administration includes the Principal, Assistant Principal for grades kindergarten through fourth, Assistant Principal for grades fifth through eighth, Chief Business Officer, Dean of Students, Innovation Director, Special Services Director, and Technology Director.
Who can attend FAST?
To be eligible, a student must reside in Fulton County, outside of the Atlanta city limits, and must meet the minimum age and other requirements to attend a traditional Fulton County public school. FAST does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, or disability. To get more information about joining our community, sign up for a tour or information session.
How do I apply?
The application process begins in January. The lottery takes place in February. Students who are not selected in the lottery due to space limitations will be placed on a waiting list and may be notified at any time before the tenth day of school if there is an opening. Students applying after the February lottery will be placed on the waitlist in the order they apply. Once accepted, please note certain documents will need to be presented in person to complete the registration process.
How big is FAST?
FAST has approximately 600 students in grades K-8. The average class size is 24 students.
When is the school day?
School begins at 7:40 AM and dismisses 3:20pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Every Thursday dismissal is 2:20pm. Morning carpool begins at 7:10 and afternoon carpool ends at approximately 3:45pm (MTWF), and at 2:45pm (TH).
Do students wear uniforms?
FAST students wear uniforms from Lands End. Students may also purchase spirit wear through the PTO. The uniform policy can be found in the Parent-Student Handbook, pgs 27-30.
Is there a Parent Teacher Organization?
FAST has an active PTO focused on the areas of Academic Enrichment, Community Outreach, School Support, Membership/Fundraising, Marketing/Technology, and Events. Highlights include Fall Festival, International Night, Book Fair, Health Fair, and Red Ribbon Week.
Does FAST offer bus transportation?
Fulton County provides two buses to FAST. Students may apply through a lottery system for a seat on the bus. Several paid services have small shuttles that come to school in the afternoon. Many families carpool to FAST. Visit our webpage to learn about transportation and dismissal options.
Curricula & Unique Programs
Academics at FAST:
Science – FAST uses Full Option Science System (FOSS), a research-based science curriculum that combines scientific knowledge with active hands-on learning.
Math – FAST uses Singapore Math (K-8) and Eureka Math (9th-grade Algebra and above).
Literacy – FAST uses programs such as HMH Journeys to teach reading, writing, and language arts.
Social Studies – The Harcourt Mifflin My World curriculum is used in conjunction with current event discussions in the upper grades.
Specials and Fine Arts – FAST offers weekly Music, Art, PE/Health, Media, and Computer Science classes to all students. Middle school students have daily Coding classes and expanded class options for Music (General, Chorus, Ukulele) and Media Arts (Public Speaking, Journalism, and Drama).
For more information on Kindergarten through fourth-grade curricula, please reach out to Assistant Principal Mary Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on fifth through eighth-grade curricula, please reach out to Assistant Principal Peter Epstein at email@example.com.
Innovation Hour at FAST:
FAST is a STEM school with a focus on design thinking. Our students have 4 hours per every 6 days of innovation time. During this time, through the Engineering Design Process, our students ask questions, imagine solutions, plan, create, and improve upon their solution. They are encouraged to think creatively and given the freedom to fail. Then they start the process again.
Does FAST have any academic teams?
FAST offers several academic teams including LEGO Robotics, Science Olympiad, Math Olympiad, Tech Fair, Spelling Bee, and Geography Bee.
Does FAST have TAG classes?
FAST has a daily TAG program delivered during science instruction for K-5 students and offers TAG Science and Social Studies for grades 6-8. Please read our Parent Information page and our Screening and Referal page to learn more.
Does FAST offer any additional student services?
FAST offers ESOL, RTI, EIP, Special Education, as well as speech and occupational therapy classes. We also have a full-time counselor and on-site clinic nurse.
Does FAST offer extended care?
Yes, FAST offers ASPire After School Extended Care until 6:30pm. ASPire tuition varies from $150 per week to $378 per week for one child, with a discount given for additional children.
Does FAST offer after school activities?
Through outside vendors, ASPire offers several after school enrichment clubs including Little Veterinary School, Little Actors Studio, Berlitz Spanish, Claymation, Chess Atlanta, Henna Art, Accela Reading Enrichment, Creative Writing, Tinkercad 3D Design, Canvas Art, Cardio Kool Kids, Ivy League Debate, Hip Hop & Jazz Dance, and Discover Science Steam Club.
Does FAST serve school lunches?
Atlanta Lunch Co. caters a hot, nutritious lunch service each day. Parents order directly from their website.
Do the students have recess?
Grades K-3 have organic, unscheduled recess twice per day, about 15 minutes each break. Middle school students have a scheduled 30 minute recess per day at lunchtime.
Do the lower grades have paraprofessionals?
Yes, grades K-5 have paraprofessionals. Each kindergarten class has a designated paraprofessional. Grades 1-5 have a paraprofessional per grade.
Do the students take field trips?
Students in all grades have at least one off-campus field trip per semester. Students in 5-8 are offered an optional overnight field trip during the spring semester. In the past overnight trips included Chattanooga, Space Camp, and Nature’s Academy.
What about Standardized testing?
FAST administers the annual Georgia Milestones test in grades 3-8. FAST uses internal MAP testing three times per year to assist with student instruction, growth, and class placement.