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11500 West 84th Ave
Arvada, CO 80005

(303) 467-2295
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May 06, 2014
Excel Academy: If possible, I would give 0 stars. THis is probably the worst school my child has ever gone to. She is a smart girl who knows her stuff, but when I email the teacher asking why she got failing marks on a particular subject, either I get no reply or she emails me back. "Your child is simply not valuable enough for me to afford wasting time on developing her learning abilities. If she can't figure it out the first time, it's simply not my problem." I am outraged, disgusted, mortified, and gaping open mouthed at the sheer nerve of my child's former teacher, as I took her to a different school once I was well aware of these occurring problems. Also, a darling girl, who happens to be my child's best friend, is failing in her studies in the same class. I was doing pard of my 80 hour/yr. volunteer work at Excel and i saw the friend of my daughter go into the hall with the teacher, who instructed for me to keep the hooligans tame while she went and studied. The girl has AWFUL understanding of that day's particular subject, and the teacher said "Correct" to everything! Special treatment, bullying, negligence, and more come with this school. Highly disapprove. 0 STARS

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
All of my children went to Excel. I am very happy with their education and I have found that the teachers really care about the students. It seems like several of the negative reviews were directed at the old principal who has since left. If I could do it all over I'd still send my children there.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2013
My children have attended Excel Academy since 2008. I will have to say that with a few exceptions the teachers have been wonderful. The learning experience has been great and I feel that both of my children have received an excellent education. There was a time when I would have highly recommended this school to anyone. Sadly that is no longer the case. The Middle School curriculum is extremely limited at best. The administration is dictatorial and non responsive. There are serious bullying problems at the school that are for the most part ignored by the administration. Their main concern is to protect the reputation of the school, not the students attending Excel. The parents are not kept in the dark regarding the problems that occur at the school. Many of the teachers have children that attend Excel Academy. The teacher's children are given special treatment and their behavior is not a good example for the other students attending the school. My children have become very aware of the role that politics plays in our society thanks to Excel Academy.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
We just finished our last year at Excel and I wonder if our next steps will ever measure up to what we have had and experienced over the six years we have been at Excel..... Great teachers, great administration and very nice facility. We will miss "our" school very much. Thank you for being great for my family.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
What a special school for my kids! The multi-age format is great, the teachers are wonderful, the Principal has been very helpful to our family as we have worked hard to bring one of our children up to grade level. I have been very impressed with the overall administration of the school and found a lot to brag about when it relates to super extended activities for learning. A very friendly place. Thanks to all for your hard work!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
This is a wonderful school for my children. The educational plan is well thought out. The Administration of the school is caring and wise. Policies are strong and directive which I like very much. My kids love it here and so do I.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
Excel may have once been a great school, but leadership seems to be riding on the coattails of that past reputation. What happened to a principal being visible/approachable? She has never responded to our communications. The director s portion of the school newsletters often chastises parents and she hasn't reached out to build a positive relationship. Some staff members have been unfriendly and ill-mannered. What happened to valuing the clientele? With the exception of an outstanding front desk staff and a few staff members, good manners can't be found here. The teachers have so many duties and are stretched so thin, it is no wonder there is negativism. How can a school attract/keep seasoned, talented teachers when educators are pushed to do so much above the call of duty? Bullying is an on-going problem. Coverage in the lunchroom and on the playground is minimal at best. The school requires 80 volunteer hours, but there are some teachers who aren't conducive to utilizing help within the classroom. The curriculum director is so busy pushing teachers to get students to the next level, based on research , solid findings of developmental stages are often ignored. Run before walking.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
I couldn't agree more with the two comments below mine. The first two years my son and I were blessed with an amazing teach, who actually communicated with me almost daily. This year has been horrific. I found out on the SECOND set of conferences that my son wasn't doing well on turning in his work. Which in no means is the teachers fault.... But we all came up with a game plan to communicate more. I have heard from her maybe 3 times. Emails, notes etc. go un-answered for days, some even over a week. She even said in the conferences "I let him fail to see where the problems were." Which I could even halfway understand if this was at the beginning of the year, NOT April! When homework is missing, he is made to stand at the front of the class. To me this is almost a form of bullying. She is very intimidating towards him, even in front of me, and i am not against disciplining. When taken up with the assistant principal, she is rude and insulting. Once you bring something up to her, your children are almost branded. We have had this happen with both my son and daughter. Good luck on even trying to talk to the main principle. We are in the process of switching school for both kids

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
We are very disappointed w/ Excel. * I am only referring to our experience, which obviously doesn't involve the majority of the staff.* Be prepared to fill a "teacher" role. Parents must volunteer 80 hrs/year - marking, reading w/ students, sorting/distributing assignments etc.- yet teachers are too busy to fulfil normal teaching duties. Why? The classroom is cluttered & disorganized - which may explain why the teacher is the same. The grading & reporting method is a joke. The communication between teachers & parents is automated through TeacherEase - which might work (to a degree) if everyone used it properly & regularly! What happened to calling parents or at the very least, sending a personal email? No consistency in reporting student incidents or consequences. Nothing seems to be dealt with at a school level w/ consistency. Our children are not problematic & what I would describe as above average in their marks. I have been involved w/ my children in school for over 15 years & have never come across such a mess. I cannot say enough about how frustrating this school is & there is not enough space here to adequately express our disappointment. Just be forewarned.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2012
Edu: 5 Teachers: 3 Staff: 4 Admin: 1 Supportive: 1 The education here is stellar, your child will walk out the doors with a wealth of knowledge. HOWEVER, teaching and communication with parents is inconsistent. The front desk staff is very polite and helpful. If they do not have answers, they will find them. HOWEVER, the administration of this school is a dictatorship, with the principal making decisions where it is absolutely NOT her place to do so. This school is primarily wealthy, to such an extent that students have been known to tell others "you don't fit in because you're poor". Free and reduced lunch is provided (by Jefferson County) Monday through Thursday, but Exel only provides pizza on Friday as a "fundraiser" that students are required to pay for, although they have more than enough left over to feed the free and reduced students. Further, from 5th grade on there are expensive class trips, up to $1400 with few fundraising opportunites for those who need them. This school disgusts me with their treatment of those who have not been as blessed as the majority of their population, but they do provide a great education.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
We are new to Excel this year. So far it has been a great experience. The school meets children's individual needs. The communication between home and school is excellent. After being told at our last school that they could not help us, Excel has been a breath of fresh air!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2012
Fantastic School. I am a very proud Excel Academy parent. Core Knowledge curriculum, sprials with conbined k/1, 2/3, 4/5 classrooms. amazing yearly fieldtrips at each grade level.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
I am not a parent of a current Excel student but I've been in the front office for over twenty years of private, charter and public schools. From my years of experience I can honestly say that Excel Academy is the BEST operated school that I have ever worked for! Your children are cared for by an incredible group of highly qualified teachers, their learning environment is "sacred" and they are loved by not only their teachers but the entire staff. The best way to sum up the experience your child will have at Excel is that it is a private education on public tax dollars!

- submitted by a teacher
March 02, 2012
I can't say enough great things about this school! The teachers are all so dedicated and up-beat. They truly make learning fun.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
My daughter has just started at Excel and I feel that her K teacher is amazing. She is compassionate and hardworking with my daughter and if I have a question or concern it is addressed in a timely manner. The PTO and athletic program are growing and becoming strong and the teachers are amazing! The principal is present and involved. I can't wait for my other two children to attend!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2011
Quality teachers at Excel. However, they are driven away by lack of support from the administration, poor leadership, poor communication and being unsafe to give feedback/suggestions. It's a toxic environment. I have to believe that does or will affect the quality of the education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 18, 2010
Because I am always welcome there and my grandkids love it!

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2010
At first I was happy for kids to attend Excel. Working with my kids and helping in the classroom is were I should have stopped!! Excel rewards the bad kids by paying them off if they are good leaving the good kids to want to be bad to get money. The administration talks down to the kids and the parents leaving them feeling aweful! The principal won't stand up for anyone leaving the school a huge mess. Don't send kids here unless you have a bad kid you want to get paid!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
I have a third grader and a 5th grader this year and even though our kids have only gone to this school for 2 years I know this was a great move.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
I love Excel. The teachers are great. The curriculum is challenging and uses best practice techniques with consistancy.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2010
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- submitted by a student
June 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2009
my child went here from 3-6th grade and the whole time it was a very good education and they were very consistent with homework.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
My 10-year-old has had a very positive experience at Excel. This school is able to teach each student at their own level - students are grouped by ability, so the curriculum is challenging whether a student is 'GT' or a little behind their grade level in a specific subject. While their CSAP scores are not as impressive as some neighboring schools, I feel that Excel is better able to tailor the education to the child in contrast to a standard public elementary school, even those with 'excellent' CSAP scores. My five-year-old will begin kindergarten there in the fall and we are very excited.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 08, 2009
Excel was once a great school. Poor administation, over-political correctness and beureaucratic policies have drove away many good educatrors and families. There are many good hard working teacheres still there. Overall I would give Excell a negative review.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
I have two (soon to be three) kids going to Excel. They all love their teachers and are doing very well. I don t understand the other review who said there aren t more challenging classes offered? Both of my kids are currently in special advanced classes in math and reading. All three of the teachers I have experience with there work very hard for the kids and as a parent I am grateful for their dedication.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2008
Excel Academy is a great school that does a great job at balancing academics and fun learning activities. Their creativity to keep kids motivated is a plus. Being a charter school allows the parents to be more involved with the management / operations of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 17, 2008
Excel has been a great place for my daughter, who is going into 4th grade, to learn and play. Although I was a bit intimidated by the volunteer requirement at first, I really appreciate it now - I always feel welcome and appreciated when I help out, and I love that there are always younger siblings hanging around while their parents volunteer, it really creates a warm atmosphere, and I know they will feel really ready to go to school when they are old enough for kindergarten. I do agree that the administration could use some switching up - there is a lot of tension in the main office, and I'm sure the kids aren't aware of it, but the parents are, especially when the director and the other administrators are always ready to complain to whoever will listen about the other two.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
My two children have attended Excel Academy for 5 years. The charter and concept is excellent as well as most of the educators. The Administration has much to be desired. We've noticed a steady decline over the past three years in leadership and the learning environment Excel once had. We are very disappointed and are considering new schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
If your child excels in a work-at-your-own-pace atmosphere and enjoys an overwhelming amount of variety, then this school is a good fit. However, for the child who requires some sort of discipline and a structured learning environment, this is not the school that you'll want to attend. This is our first year at Excel and our children will not be attending here next year. Our 4th grader went from an A student to a C student and our 1st grader will be repeating 1st grade again next year (she is a bit young for 1st grade anyway so it's not entirely the school's fault). I do, however, have an issue that all of her learning needed to take place at home because she was not required to pay attention in class. It was a tough year for all of us.

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April 16, 2008
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February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2007
Excel Academy administration, teachers, parents, and students are fabulous. My son is not fond of school but the field trips and hands-on activites have made school exciting and shown that learning can be fun. I think this place is a blessing for students who learn differently.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 28, 2007
Excel has been a wonderful place for our daugter. We can't wait until all of our kids can attend there. It is to bad their is a waitlist because I highly reccommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
After attending Excel Academy for only one year we have left. Most teachers are great. The administration in unavailable, has two too many in authority, and backs the wrong teachers. The administration shows no genuine interest with what the real needs are of students, parents, teachers and the school. There are many parents that put in 2-3 times their volunteer hours, however, they continue to complain about getting parents to volunteer and show no appreciation for the families of volunteers that camp at the school. The school has a great deal of potential and it is sad that it will probably take losing more families and teachers before any changes in administration will happen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 01, 2007
My son attended Excel last year, and I was extremely in the administration's performance towards him, other students, and the staff. His teacher, Mrs. Willis, was outstanding! She was such a blessing to us. Unfortunately, I took my son out of Excel due to administration. There have been too many mistakes made and it impacts the staff's and student's happiness and success. The school itself has excellent potential, just not under this admin.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2007
Though some classes were decent and informative, many taught me nothing I didn't know already and offered no alternative or higher level class. Though music, art and PE were offered, I disliked the music class and felt it did not add to my experience. I did enjoy the other two classes. Though Excel 'requires' 80 hours of parent volunteer time, they make no attempt to follow through on this. My parents feel they was not always adequately informed of volunteer opportunities. Also, the fact that this is a charter school seems to limit its budget somewhat. Overall, my experience with Excel was not great.

- submitted by a former student
April 24, 2007
Overall, a great school, academic wise. Communication could be improved. When my two sons started at the beginning of the year, they were lost, yelled at, and reprimanded for not knowing procedures which they were never taught. My older Middle School-aged son transferred to a different school because it was too stressful for him. New students need more help with getting acquainted. My younger son has truly 'excelled' compared with last year at a regular public school. When issues are worked out, it will be a great school. Saxon Math is awesome. So is Ms. Johnston.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2006
I go here. I am currently in the eigth grade. The teachers are great! I have been here since the first year in the new building and the only problems for the middle school are no locker rooms, there are not many after-school programs, and the drop-off zone in the parking lot. It makes us late for class even if we come to school early. So if you want small m.s. classes, good teachers, and friendly staff members, this is a great school.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2005
One of the few 'academies' that recognizes that children learn in different ways and at different rates. Kids go to different groups for reading, there are combined grades, and they use Saxon math techniques. Classroom discipline is fairly good. Requires 40 hours per year participation from each parent (can be combined). This adds a sense of ownership, which I appreciate. On the other hand, there may not be enough engaging chores to fill the time. Last year I spent too much time making copies for the teacher. They started a music program last year. That is extraordinary, considering the size and age of the school. New building is at 84th & Simms, opened 2004-2005. The principal is pretty strange at times, but hasn't intruded on the classroom. We had troubles with him regarding school care, which are now settled down.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
This is our second year with Excel. We had one year at the old site and one at the new. Both years have been a great experience academically and socially. Parking and pickup was a nightmare at the old location, the new location is parking is still a problem because of the small number of spaces, but if you use the pick up lane as requested by the administration pickup is a breeze, I'm usually in and out in under 10 minutes after school.When I have been at the school past closing time. I've always seen the lot and lane cleared out within 20 minutes after school is out for the day. Before school is even quicker because the parents are allowed to spread out drop offs from 7:55am to 8:13am as opposed to after school.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
Our daughter has attended Excel since the 4th grade. Before the move to the new location, Excel was a great school, now there is less community support, teachers do not remember our names, & the parking, drop-of zone is a nightmare. We are very disastified with Excel and the whole atmosphere at the school. Eric & Patricia Bolduc

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2004
My son just entered this school (he is in the 2nd grade)and he likes it very much. His teacher, Ms. Keily, is a wonderful and energetic person which helps my son get excited about learning. However, the parking situation is a nightmare. The drop off and pick up takes so long. I am very disappointed with it. Some of the parents have to wait 40 min. to finally get their child in the pick up line. I heard one mother say that it's no different at any other school and from personal experience, I can honestly say that this statement is not accurate. The elementary school we just transferred from had an excellent parking structure which made it easy and quick. What is to be done about this? It's a mess.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2003
My daughter was brought in to Excel at a higher grade level than she was at in her other Public School( 2 vs 3). In the last year and one half she has improved her reading to the 8Th. grade level and she is taking 5 Th. grade math. She is currently in 4 Th. grade. both her Principal, Dr. Coresh, and her teacher, Mrs. Tomko, deserve the credit!!

- submitted by a parent
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Excel Academy Charter School
11500 West 84th Ave, Arvada, CO  80005
(303) 467-2295
Last modified Excel Academy Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Excel Academy Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top