"Preparing Students to be Successful Adults. "
Students enrolled 1827
Hours 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
School leader William Flynn
Transportation options Yes
District Victor Valley Union High School District

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18422 Bear Valley Road, Building 11
Victorville, CA 92395

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(760) 245-4262
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5 stars
Based on 43 ratings

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August 08, 2014
I had two children attending and was happy with the results. I homeschooled my children for 5 years and let them go to Excelsior because it offered independent study and classes. On average my children had 3 to 4 classes on campus. Both my children did very well and the teachers / facilitators were very helpful. I had a child struggling with math & history but ended up getting A's and B's and made honor roll! My other student got straight A's and was offered a college program that the school pays for. In order for your student to succeed at this school they need to take advantage of the tutoring offered to them and do their work!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
There are very nice her but they are starting to be kind of strict with the dress code other than that they are very good

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
We love Excelsior Charter! Students and parents get the attention needed to succeed. The individual attention given to us makes the school even better. Thank you Excelsior!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Excelsior is an excellent school. Keeps parents involved in education. The staff and counselors are very capable. Highly recommended....

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Excelsior staff makes time to help their students. They just need to ask for help. We offer peer tutoring and the teachers offer tutoring times with appointments or review sessions. The school is primarily Independent Study, but parents can meet as often as necessary with their assigned facilitator, and attend tutoring sessions on campus. Excelsior is set up for student success. They just need to use all the resources available. Each student has an iPad to use, and access to computer labs.

- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2014
Excelsior provides families with a quality, public option for 7-12 education. We work with students of all ability levels to set and achieve both personal and academic goals. With a mix of independent study, classroom and online work, families and teachers put together an individualized program to help students grow into successful adults. Its a great atmosphere for students and families, who are included in every academic decision, and a wonderful place to work from the perspective of a staff member.

- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2014
The opportunities available at Excelsior couldn't be greater. Excelsior supports sports as well as the arts. Excelsior kids get back what they put into their education. The facilitators are there to support and encourage the kids. I am so proud to have my girls in an environment where they are able to express themselves through extra-curricular activities and learn in a nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Excelsior has proven to be a great alternative for my child who has ADHD and is not taking medication. Due to the fact that they offer both class and independent study options, it is the "Best of Both Worlds". With frequent parent/teacher conferences, I am able to continue to modify strategies to assure that my child is learning and growing without the stress level that he might otherwise experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
Great school for both academics and sports. Football team state champs 2012, great baseball program, new campus plus 2 additional satellite campuses. Kids do units and test every 15 days. Meet with instructors after every unit so you always know where your kid is as opposed to finding out after its too late like regular public schools. Like getting a private school education, but its FREE!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Excelsior...one word. BESTSTAFFBESTSCHOOLBESTPEOPLEBESTEDUCATION. School has a good vibe all the time, its never boring, always some sort of event going on, keeps everyone involved and happy!

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2013
my grandchildren may be enrolled soon, i believe in keeping informed.i am a retired elem. school teacher.

- submitted by a community member
January 28, 2013
My son's teacher, Mrs. Lee, is the greatest. She keeps him motivated to do his best. He feels safe here - and I feel safe having him here. Having been in education for 20 years, the last 4 here, the students, for the most part, are some of the most well behaved that I have encountered. As a staff member and parent, I can't imagine my child being anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2013
I love the idea of making each student accountable for their school work, meeting and discussing your childs progress at least every two-three weeks is fantastic, I feel very much involved as a parent with my childs education and her success she is making each and every day... I love Excelsior Charter School and plans to enroll my other 2 children here. Special Thanks to Mrs. Lee and Mrs Bearden for being a huge part of my daughters success....

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
This year will be five years at Excelsior.I have three children attending one of them is on an IEP. All of them get tremendous support. I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
This is my second rating for EHS. I have two SENIORS this 2013 school year this will be our third and last year at Excelsior. My kids have done great there!!. (more responsible for their education) The school has prepared my young people for college noone standing over them, its a choose. WE are on our way to college thanks EHS.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
A recent survey shows 93% of students said they feel safe at this school, 89% of parents feel safe at the school, 99% of staff feel safe at the school. In contrast, a nearby local high school shows 25% of students feel safe at their school. It appears data backs up Excelsior's claim that this is the safest school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
My child loves this school because he feels safe and secure. Administration and teachers take appropriate and swift action when reports of bullying are made. Staff show they care about the student's academics and well being.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2012
Bullying is a big problem at this school and is handled ineffectively or ignored. If a student reports that they are the victim of a bully, they are told that if they cant work it out or ignore it, they will be removed from campus. I know of many kids that had no choice but to leave this school because of the bullying. Even people who teach there are frustrated with this problem because their own children are being bullied and there is nothing they can do to stop it, because the administration doesnt want to address it and have a paper trail that might tarnish their "safe school" reputation. It has become a school full of bullies. The victims get removed from campus or leave voluntarily, and the bullies are allowed to stay and continue bullying. How can a child concentrate on their academics when they are continually looking over their shoulders and fearing for their safety or when they are taunted and teased and being picked on openly and publicly and can get no help from the administration? The anti-bullying assembly they had was meaningless, but it will look pretty impressive in their list of "accomplishments".

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
U.S. News and World Report recently named Excelsior Charter Schools "One of the Country's Best High Schools." Excelsior has now received this award twice 2009 & 2012. Excelsior recently provided iPads to all of it's 8th grade students to pilot aggressive 21st century instructional methods.

- submitted by a teacher
May 08, 2012
Had a daughter graduate last year and have another one starting 7th grade this year. It is the best school in the high desert by far and they have won another award to prove it!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
Excelsior is very good at partnering with parents to help their students become successful:) The teachers truely care about your child and want them to reach their full potential!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
Let me clarify the two stars. If you want this to be a place where your student gets class time them i give it a 1 rating. If you want the homeschool component then this is probably a good place for you. They are in a season on transition and it is NOT a good year to start here. Wait a year and give it a try then. There is such interest in this school that they cannot accomodate the students with books or teachers. Once they get the new campus completed I surely hope it gets better because the premise of the school is fabulous. The kids really seem to enjoy it and I feel they are very SAFE here. There are just a few bumps that need smoothing. seem to

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2011
I like this school because they do not allow students to rule it,they demand the students to respect them and their selves.I will be having all my kids attend this school for high school.I praise God there is a school that is decent in the high desert all the rest of them are horrible....We need more schools like this one.....

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
i love this school! it was my first year here and i had no problems! they do alot of things for the students field trips,pep rallies and alot of other stuff. my facilitator was mr.garcia and he was so nice and patient with me. i had a problem getting one of my grades from my other school and he had a problem getting it too. he was so concererned he was willing to go to the state about it. now that is a great teacher send your kid here you wont regret it!

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2011
I have been very happy with my choice to place my son at Excelsior. The facilitators are great and keep you up to date with how your child is doing. They offer tons of electives for the kids to choose from which gives them an opportunity to try different things and see what fits them best. The staff is friendly and there are few discipline problems. They had junior high and high school mixed this year and my 7th grade son had zero problems with older students. He actually made friends with a couple that were in his web design elective class. Next year he will get the opportunity to take game design. There is no other school in the high desert which offers so much diversity. There is a VERY strict anti-bullying policy so there is never an issue with that. My only complaint is that the homework load is pretty light. My son said it's because he gets it done in his last block which is study hall.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
My child has been at this school for 2 years now and loves it! We have lucked out with 2 great facilitators, one being Lety Gutierrez. She is so warm and encouraging to my child. My daughter has no problem going to her for any help. She always keeps me updated on my child's grades, and intervenes when she sees my child needs help in a certain area. The teachers in the Jr. High are very helpful and extremely encouraging. The 1st year was a little rough with the parent responsibility, but now with new improvements, it has been very easy to keep up with. It has been a great experience at this school and I would highly reccommend this school to other parents in the High Desert.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
I'm a recent graduate of this school (Class of 2009), and this was the best school ever. The teachers were patient and helped you in every way they could, and little to no violence whatsoever! And my mom never worried about me attending, and always included her and respected her. This is one of the few schools that has great teacher/student relationships. I highly recommend this school, and we miss it so.

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 28, 2010
What a blessing this school has been to our family we have 2 children attending and plan to send our other 2 when able. We are so happy with the staff and we always know what is going on with our children's grades, no surprises at grading time. We are always able to communicate with the teachers and they usually get back to you that day. Would never go back to a traditional school, Excelsior is the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The atmoshere at Excelsior is small, organized, friendly and GOAL oriented. I am most pleased with this school, I don't know what I'd do without it!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2009
This school is one of the best in the county if not the state for it's unique independent study program. Students and parents are given more than enough support for the child's success. Staff genuinely cares for the student's well being. The school is also the safest school in the area. They encourage students to take college courses at the nearby city college. Progress reports are given at least once every month. Teachers are caring, competent, and professional. Leadership is solid as well.' 'This school is one of the best in the county if not the state for it's unique independent study program. Students and parents are given more than enough support for the child's success. Staff genuinely cares for the student's well being. The school is also the safest school in the area. They encourage students to take college courses at the nearby city college. Progress reports are given at least once every month. Teachers are caring, competent, and professional. Leadership is solid as well.'

- submitted by a teacher
June 21, 2009
We love the school and its teachers. Our children are thriving and exploring new options they have never had before. The music program needs major tweaking, but it is a flegling program and will get better. In spite of the recent cutbacks, we are sending our kids back, they wouldn't have it any other way anyhow! Pray this year is better than the last and if there are new safety concerns, as a parent, I want to know what is being done to improve that situation if it exists. We are committed to helping in that arena if we are needed. Staff uplift and encourage their students, that's something we love to see because that is what we want our kids to do for others as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2009
Recent dramatic changes leave the school open to violence and poor staff to student ratios

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2009
I attend excelsior and I love it there. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming!

- submitted by a student
no rating August 11, 2008
I am a recent graduate of this school. The Teacher Prep class is very good because I was in it..The school is excellent and the staff are very professional to the students and the parents.Mrs.Shockley and Mrs.Descalsota, Mrs White Mrs.Silva and Mrs.Munoz are the very best staff there. My brother still goes to Excelsior and we like it alot.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 24, 2008
Excelsior has undergone some severe changes. Unfortunatly, what was once a safe place for all to learn, has become a place where a one size fits all policy is dictated. I'm pulling my daughter and sending her to Encore-they have the vision that once made Excelsior a stand out, stand above school.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
It is a caluable learning plan, little violence, and such a great life learning experience!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
My son recently graduated from Excelsior. It was a valuable educational experience for him. I have recommended EEC to many other parents. We really liked the academies which are small learning communities within the school...more like college and the real world than the traditional high school. The parents are very involved, and the school did an excellent job keeping families informed. There were many extracurricular activities for students. Although the sports program is small, the coaches were wonderful and players learned not only the game but how to respect and work with one another. My son's facilitator was always available and a great resource. The staff seems to genuinely care about the kids and their futures. There were never any problems on campus like you hear about at other high schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
I'm a student at Excelsior Education Center. I think the school is the high school/charter school. The programs are excellent and the staff is very great and they keep on track with the student acheivements .

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2007
Excelsior Education Center requires commitment from the student and parents for success. The students have many opportunities to dabble in different career experiences to help them to decide which direction they want to go in life. They have no trouble on campus and this provides a very safe, comfortable environment for the students to work.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
I believe that basically the school is a good school and has potential to be great. I think they must be careful of the staff they are hiring. And remember that a good teacher does not necessarily make a good facilitator and vice versa.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
For those seeking the opportunity of taking college classes, you cannot beat this program. The cost to attend VVC and neighboring community colleges is free and books are reimbursed. They have a great theatre program, business related opportunities, photo etc. While the sports program is small, some of the coaches are really great and practice ethical decisions.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
Excellent school make sure your kids are involved in sports or something to keep them in shape and have a social life if you put them on home studies.

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2005
Good School 9/10 but if your child takes home studies make sure they get involved on on campus classes or take classes at the college which is basically next door or have them join something athletic such as boxing

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2005
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May 23, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 01, 2005
Excelsior I think need more help in keeping track of the students acheivements on their grades and test scores.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2004
This is a wonderful alternative to a regular high school, or home schooling. This school offers more subjects than most other High schools do.

- submitted by a former student
June 17, 2004
Excellent, they have a great music program and we need more student to sign up. The Jazz Band is great. curriculum is very good.

- submitted by a parent
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Our mission and passion is preparing students to be successful adults. We pride ourselves to have the most knowledgeable, professional, and caring staff in the Inland Empire. We have five campuses to serve you- Victorville, North Victorville, Barstow, Phelan, and Norco.

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Excelsior Charter School
18422 Bear Valley Road, Building 11, Victorville, CA  92395
(760) 245-4262
Last modified Excelsior Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Excelsior Charter School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top