About Us:


CPMSAC was founded in 1984 by Shirley O. Nelson to provide a means of improving the academic aspirations of minority students. Meetings were held at the Chantilly Baptist Church and the church remains a strong supporter of CPMSAC, which addressed a number of issues — including academic achievement, racism, equal opportunity, diversity and understaffed minority teachers and administrators — within the Fairfax County Public Schools.

Today, CPMSAC’s mission is to “Support, Motivate, Recognize and to foster overall improvement of minority students achievement in Fairfax County Public Schools.”

While CPMSAC’s primary mission is to help close the achievement gap between two groups of minority students (African Americans and Hispanics), we offer some programs for all students.

Fairfax County Public Schools has documented that “the gap” exists between African Americans and white students, and Hispanics and white students. The FCPS has defined and implemented a plan which can be viewed at this Web address: http://www.fcps.edu/is/cag.

CPMSAC's Guiding Principles

CPMSAC believes that the key to significant academic improvement depends on families, schools and communities working with children and with each other to promote successful students.

  1. Minority parents should become more involved with schools to increase parents' awareness of issues and barriers affecting student achievement.
  2. Minority students must be cognizant and assured of school and community support of their achievement and to their well-being.
  3. Minority parents want assistance in learning how to deal with school issues and concerns. They also welcome assistance in helping students to learn at home.

Motivating students requires encouragement, vision and recognition.

CPMSAC's Goals and Objectives

  1. Attain higher academic achievement
  2. Improve student achievement assessment scores
  3. Increase enrollment in high level and advanced courses
  4. Increase parent and community awareness and involvement
  5. Grow student leadership and extra curricular participation
  6. Build positive human relations
  7. Elevate student self-esteem
  8. Develop student readiness and preparedness for college or the workforce