AST Shine

Homework Help


For the 2020-21 school year, we are excited to offer FREE homework help for all middle school students!


Students may receive free assistance with homework assignments in the 4 core subjects: Math, English, Science, or Social Studies. These help sessions occur at designated times during the week. For students that need a unique perspective, experienced help, or enrichment, Homework Help is an amazing and accessible tool to supplement day to day in-school learning.

The schedule can be found on the link below and may be subject to changes, so please check it weekly.


Served over 250 FARM and/or ESOL students in four years


 Established partnership with 8 HCPSS schools


Engaged more than 100 high school and adult volunteers


Received county grants for three consecutive years and a state grant funding

Dedicated to Excellence

AST Shine is a program that provides additional academic support outside of the classroom to students who are from low-income families and/or are part of the ESOL program. It was funded by a grant from the Howard County government and state government since its foundation in the 2017-18 school year and was run in partnership with HCPSS schools. The program is guided by professional educators who not only train instructors on how to better instruct ESOL and FARM students but also develop the curriculum for the program.

During the 2019-20 school year, AST Shine was active in 8 elementary schools across Howard County and served over 50 students. 

Although the current pandemic has completely changed the educational landscape, we intend to continue to serve our community. For the 2020-21 school year, we are continuing our work by offering need-based financial aid to students in our other programs, which you can read more about in the links below. In addition, we will also be offering free homework help sessions. This will be a great way for students to get help outside of class if necessary. As not every homework question may get answered in class or any additional help sessions, this program could be a tremendous help to struggling students during the current extenuating circumstances. 

One of our instructors working through an English worksheet with a student
An instructor and IA taking a class photo with their students
An IA explaining an English worksheet to a student
Some students writing a story to share with their classmates
An instructor taking a selfie with her students
An instructor and IA explaining a new concept to students