The multi-age classrooms are the best part of the school. K-1, 2-3, 4-5 are taught together. This promotes a more natural learning environment and kids are viewed as unique individuals. The teachers focus on teaching each child according to his or her own strengths, unlike in same-grade classrooms that often expect all children to be at the same place at the same time with regard to ability. Also, kids are able to spend longer periods of time with the same teacher, allowing teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the child s strengths and needs. Also, older children in the class have the opportunity to serve as mentors and to take leadership roles. The new administration has been a positive change, too!
I cannot say enough about this school. We came here after a bad experience at our local school. They work hard to teach to each child's ability. My gifted child is differentiated as much as possible. He is challenged and happy. Being able to volunteer and be a part of the school has been wonderful. My children have opportunities to go on great field trips, participate in art, and have access to PE. The administration is available to parents and are extremely helpful. If you are an active/involved parent you will love this school.
Pros: under new administration, nice building, good whole school communication Cons: paired grades, majority of student output is worksheets, preassessments aren't used throughout year to regroup students according to their needs, volunteers w/o background checks, technology used almost daily to show videos-our kids watched more tv at school, professional development for educators is poor, standardized test driven, untrained volunteers teaching students daily-our student rarely worked directly with a teacher, little to no differentiation or support for gifted students as well as students needing extra support.
Beware. This school promotes bullying by parents and teachers. . So much for the Golden rule it does not apply here. I think this school was the worst mistake I could have made for my kid. I seriously should have jumped ship at the first sight of trouble it has only gotten worst. I'm so sick to my stomach about the rude parents and teachers. All are not created equal here starting in K/1. My number one goal is to get my kid out of here as soon as possible.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.