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Excelsior School

Private | 7-12 | 103 students

100% UC admission rate

 

Living in Pasadena

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $453,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,400.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted December 9, 2013

This school has many extra-curricular activities, including sports, choir, art, newspaper, drama, key club, etc. The intervention programs in the morning before school and also after school greatly help all students achieve as high as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2013

This school is the place to send your students if you are seeking a place to nurture and develop their study habits, which will lead them to be successful in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

Very well structured and organized school. I have found that everyone is willing to help students that fall behind.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2013

Excelsior has small class sizes which give every student a chance to ask questions and get the help they need to succeed. They will help you get into the university that you desire with a personalized plan.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2013

It is one of the best schools in the United States, formally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

As a former student of Excelsior school, I have to say that the teachers and administration are completely dedicated to improving each students' academic life. A great majority of students that attend Excelsior get into the nation's top 50 universities. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for an environment where everyone cares deeply about each student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2013

This school has an excellent environment. The principal and teachers care about each student. Especially those who need help, they give extra attention to those.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

The directors helped my son a lot because he really needed it. He was considered special ed. They patiently taught him and cared for him which led to his great improvement. I am truly thankful for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

I personally regretted greatly for attending this school. Before making further decisions whether to send your child to this school or not, make sure you look through the information of this school. The teachers are very unstable, and the level of education is way below average American education. I can see that the school is meant for ESL students, and they take advantage of students with visas by threatening them of ending their visas so that they can't even stay in America. Also, the principal is hired by the school owner so that the school can look like an "all-white" community where there is a true American teaching going on. The principal is nothing but a face of the school, in my opinion. All in all, the school is phony. The teachers are not that reliable, and the directors are taking advantage of students. NOT A SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

i was a former student there on student visa i have to say it is the worst school i've ever attended. they treat their students in a unjust manner and make the most minor policy violation worthy of suspension. the teachers are not full time they kept changing and making the understanding of school subject hard. i would not go to this school if i knew it would be like this. i was surprised to even see positive review for this school at all. i know they're are student who want to criticizes this outrageous school but afraid for retaliation from the school. so to those who find this review helpful please look into a school before you attend.


Posted April 12, 2009

Beautiful campus complete with cafeteria, library, and dormitory facilities. School has committed teachers; small class size; a challenging environment with high academic standards; strong partnerships among parents, teachers, and students; and strong college prep programs. My son received an excellent education from Excelsior School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2006

Good Teachers, great academic programs and very safe, excellent campus.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 4% 26%
Black 3% 6%
Hispanic 3% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 4:15 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. John Cheung
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (626) 398-2389

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
20
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
30

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$20000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
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1539 East Howard Street
Pasadena, CA 91104
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Phone: (626) 398-2388

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