The National Achievers Society (NAS) has established itself
as one of the Centers of Excellence's premiere programs. Formally known as the
McKnight Achievers Society, it was established with the purpose of encouraging
students in kindergarten through grade 12 to excel both academically and culturally. The chief intent is to
develop a group achievement modality among 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 has turned learners into leaders.
The Centers of Excellence have inducted more than 19,000
students into NAS since 1986 and induct approximately 300
new students each year.
Eligibility for membership into the NAS includes:
A Hillsborough County COE NAS Induction Ceremony
- Enrollment in kindergarten through 12th grade;
- Earning grades of at least two A's and no C's;
- Being sponsored by an adult in the State who agrees
to serve as the "significant other" in the Achiever's
- Submitting a written report on completion of
community service projects each year; and/or
- Being recognized for artistic and cultural talents
and competing in and winning competitions at the
regional or national levels.
ANNUAL STATEWIDE PRE-COLLEGE SUMMIT
Each year, the FEF conducts an educational
Pre-College Summit that includes a series of skill
development workshops that reinforce FCAT writing and
math skills for students in grades 3 through 8;
motivate and prepare students in grades 6 through 12 for
college, while exposing them and their parents to higher
educational opportunities; and teach high school students
the benefits of taking AP®, honors and dual enrollment
courses and preparing for the SAT.
Summit also includes a college fair that provides an
opportunity for parents and students to interact with
college recruiters and a middle school career fair that
exposes students to career options.
Each year's Summit
culminates with a Talent Extravaganza, during which
participants showcase their oratorical, dance, and musical
talents, and awards ceremonies, at which the FEF recognizes and
applauds outstanding Achievers, Believers and parents.
To increase communication and interaction among Achievers and
Believers across the State, we have developed
NAS Online, a secure,
password-protected, members only web portal featuring the following:
- News from all NAS Chapters around the
- Trained "NAS Study Guides" prepared to help middle school students
with homework in the virtual classroom (see below);
- SAT Prep also in the virtual classroom;
- Vocabulary and math games ready for all who want to compete for
- And much more!
NAS Online, the FEF offers middle school
Achievers and Believers free online, interactive
Homework Help, where you will work
one-on-one with a trained high school Achiever ("NAS Study Guide").
Your NAS Study Guide will
present study materials that align with Florida’s
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and are
similar to those used in your
class. The two of you will meet in the FEF’s virtual
classroom, where your NAS Study Guide will respond to
questions, engage you in
interactive problem solving, and clarify content you
have not yet
mastered in class.
To register for NAS
Online: Have your parent/guardian complete
and submit the online form at