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Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP)

boy student in art classThe Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) assists HCPSS in closing the achievement gap evident in the patterns of data between black students and the student population at large. Over the years the BSAP, established in 1986, has been a valuable resource to the school system, black students, their parents and the community. Through a coordinated system of services, BSAP guides black students to develop education, career and personal/social competencies.


The ultimate goal of the BSAP is to help black students excel as leaders and conquer the challenges of the 21st century. To this end, the BSAP assists the HCPSS in implementing the Bridge to Excellence Five-Year Master Plan. BSAP staff encourage students and parents to strive for:

  • Report card grades above "C" in Math, English, Science, Social Studies.
  • Enrollment in college prep courses.
  • Enrollment in G/T and AP classes.
  • Passing scores on each HSA test.
  • Zero disciplinary referrals.
  • Involvement in at least one club or athletic team.
  • Positive asset development.

Achievement Targets

To meet the HCPSS achievement targets, the BSAP has identified seven areas of impact:

  1. Academic Placement
  2. Grades and Recognition
  3. Nurturing Classrooms
  4. Leadership and Participation
  5. Academic Support
  6. Academic Presence
  7. Culture and History

Core Learning Goals - Skills For Success

BSAP strategies are enhanced by the following skills for success:*

  1. Learning Skills
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Communication Skills
  4. Technology Skills
  5. Interpersonal Skills

*Source: MSDE Core Learning Goals - Skills For Success new webpage icon

Six Ps

BSAP students follow the 6 Ps:

  1. Proud - Feel great satisfaction when you have achieved your goal.
  2. Prompt - Be on time without delay.
  3. Productive - Always produce quality work.
  4. Persistent - Never give up when things seem difficult.
  5. Polite - Show good manners towards others in behavior and speech.
  6. Prepared - Be organized, equipped and ready to learn.


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