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Currently Accepting Applications for the Summer High School M.A.S.T.R. Plan Program (Grades 6 – 9)
Summer Enrollment is Now Closed for Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and John Hopkins Middle School for Grades K-5. All new applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

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Help Your Middle Schooler Prepare for High School Success!

Middle school is tough. Students are dealing with an overwhelming amount of change. Our SPPF High School M.A.S.T.R. Plan Program helps middle school students navigate these changes so they are prepared for a successful transition to high school. Our program focuses on academic development, life skills, career awareness and exploration, and extracurricular activities. If you live in South St. Petersburg and you believe your middle school student would benefit from our High School M.A.S.T.R. Plan Program, please complete the application as the first step.

Application Process

(All Steps Required)

STEP 1: Complete the application (click for link). You will receive a confirmation email with next steps. If any additional information is required, someone from our team will reach out to you. STEP 2: Schedule your child for an i-Ready assessment (link provided when you complete the application). We test all scholars who are not currently enrolled prior to acceptance as we group scholars by ability rather than grade. Acceptance is based on ability group availability. Acceptance is based on ability group availability. STEP 3: Pay the application fee of $25 per child, up to a maximum of $75 per family, when you bring your scholar for the assessment. If we are unable to accept your child because of ability group availability, we will refund the application fee. Otherwise, it is non-refundable.

For the 2024-2025 After-School Session, the application window will open in June and remain open until capacity is reached.

Familiarity and Continuity Enhance Learning

Research shows that students learn best in environments where they feel both comfortable and supported.  It takes time to build a supportive culture of learning where teachers and peers are trusted.  So, we want work with students on an ongoing basis and we give preference to students enrolled in one program and seeking to participate in the other.  For example, students enrolled in the After School Program are notified early about enrollment deadlines and changes in the Summer Program.


For maximum academic benefit, we ask that students attend at least six weeks. Therefore, if your scholar will miss more than two weeks over the summer, we ask that you find another program for the child to attend.

Your child must be 5 years old as of the first day they begin the program. We have programs for students who will enter Kindergarten in August through those in 10th grade.
Your scholar will not be considered for enrollment.

Thanks to a generous grant from United Way Suncoast, the total cost per child is the $25 application fee, up to a maximum of $75 per family.

Our currently enrolled students and their siblings are given priority for enrollment. After that, acceptance is based on date of application and availability of slots in each ability group. If a scholar has attended a program in the past, attendance and behavior history is also considered. Once we reach capacity, we maintain a waiting list.

Ways You Can Help


Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!


Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!

Become a Partner

Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!

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Pam Williams

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Pam ensures the organization’s financial, data, fundraising, and HR infrastructure is strong today and ready for scale that multiplies impact in the years ahead. Pam’s 30+ years of nonprofit experience started with the turnaround of an organization in financial crisis, leading to the launch of a consultancy providing training, transition, and turnaround services to nonprofits and associations in the US and East Africa. In 2016, Pam became COO/CFO for the first women’s college in Rwanda, leading an international team across 3 continents and overseeing administration, finance and operations as the business grew from 50 students to over 400. Pam’s work consistently reflects a commitment to equity.

Darren Hammond

Site Operations Leader

Darren Hammond is currently serving as the Site Operations Leader for the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. He also holds a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction, National Louis University, and an Education Specialist Degree (Ed. S) in Administration & Supervision, Nova Southeastern University. Darren spent 37 years with Pinellas County Schools transforming students to reach their ultimate learning potential using proven classroom strategies developed during his tenure in education. While working with Pinellas County Schools, he served as Teacher, Guidance counselor, Assistant Principal and as a Principal. Darren is a passionate educator who openly shares his love of learning with teachers, parents, and other educators! He was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Keisha Snead

Academic Leader

B.S. in Elementary Education,Cum Laude, FAMU 1996

I have served 24 years within the Elementary school setting in various instructional roles.  I have also served as the Mentor Coordinator for new and returning teachers. 

I have led professional development for faculty at several schools within Pinellas County.  I have coached colleagues in the understanding and delivery of the standards of reading and writing.  My love for learning is what drives my passion for teaching.  When I look into the eyes of a scholar who needs me, that is where I find my passion!