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Grand Rapids, MI
Students enrolled: 758
Before care: No
After care: No

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4201 Breton Road Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

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(616) 281-9339
(616) 281-6707
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Map of Excel Charter Academy address.

February 19, 2015
We are in our 5th year at Excel. It is a great school with great teachers and staff. It feels like an extended family to us. I love the culture and diversity of the school, along with the moral focus. The education/curriculum is top notch. Every year there is something new for each grade to experience themselves, creating fun anticipation for the coming year. We recommend Excel to all our friends with school age children.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2015
The staff at this school is exceptional. The principal is a great leader as well as a wonderful example for his staff and the students. My son started in young 5's and is now in middle school and wouldn't have him go anyplace else.

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February 19, 2015
I can't say enough good things about Excel. We will be going into our 6th year at Excel in a couple of months, and I am still so thankful we chose Excel. Everyone is so warm, they obviously truly care about our children and want them to excel in every area - academics and beyond. Top notch principal, leadership and staff. Diversity. Variety of interesting programs. Rich culture and family feel. And they truly encourage "high moral character and academic excellence." We couldn't be happier.... ok maybe we would be happier if they provided transportation:). But transporting my children is a small price to pay for everything we are getting. Thank you Excel!:)!

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2014
If you have a "normal" child, this is a okay school to send them to. If your child has any special needs, look for a different school.

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February 23, 2014
Our child was in Kindergarten and he is in 8 grade now. We love this school because the teachers all work well and show caring with their students. They are serious in their academic teaching. The principal at this Excel school has a great admiration from the parents and students as well. We love Excel and the staff members! Highly recommend this school to friends and others.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2013
This is a great school if your child can learn in a very generic at your desk all day reading textbook style. One of my sons does great, my other son has struggled with the curriculum and no other learning options are provided. If you want a school that will adapt to your child's needs this is not the place.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2013
Amazing...a true treasure to parents who want private school education but can't afford it! This school is beyond all expectations. The teachers are involved and engaged . The principal is a true leader. The diversity is just what I was looking for. It models the real world.

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May 02, 2013
This school has the best staff, leadership, and curriculum. The kids come home happy everyday and want to go back! Many special programs the make this school stand out!

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2013
Can't say enough about this school... Great leadership, awesome teachers, excellent staff, office, special teachers. Wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent

December 13, 2010
My son is in the 8th grade now, and has been at Excel since kindergarten. We have absolutely loved this school from beginning to end, especially the moral focus aspect of the curriculum. I feel he is well prepared for high school and for life. The academics have been great, but mostly I feel that Excel has helped shape his character. I have found the staff to be very open to parental input. The community is very welcoming, too. We have a terrific group of families!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2010
My kid go to this school and we all love it. The teachers provide a great teacher/students relationship to make kids enjoy coming to their class. Weekly Agenda let parents/students know what is teaching in the week and teachers will follow up with parents if their sent home notes or student's online posted grade/missed assigments is unresponding back. School always promotes safety place to our children, teacher will be on the playground , at the gate and any concerning to our kids at school will be address at monthly parents/principal meeting and the principal/staff members will follow up. I like to recommend this school to our parents in Grand Rapids.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2010
We were exceptionally pleased with the elementary school, and we sent our kids there for their entire K-5 career. The middle school at Excel is their weak link: the staff treat the students poorly, with little to no respect. The academics did not prepare my oldest child for high school. The moral focus program is not followed by the teachers in the middle school, most especially the 6th grade teachers. It is a tragic truth that everyone knows, but is powerless to change. I would recommend the elementary school highly, and would highly recommend to get your children out of there for middle school

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2009
Excel teachers are wonderful and the staff and students are really nice. Their knowledge of special needs and services could use improvement. Great school for those typical children that are high achievers. Those needing help or needing services, could use improvement.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2007
I go to excel charter and i believe it is big bonus for the academics and prepares you.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 04, 2007
Excel is a fantastic school for all students. The commitment to excellence in education inside and outside the classroom is outstanding. The support provided for students with special academic needs is superior. I have experienced this first hand and I am exceedingly pleased with the challenge provided for my child to exceed his own expectations.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2007
excel has a good acedemic program. it is very good. there should be more sports available.

- submitted by a student

February 23, 2006
We are overall pleased with the environment and quality of the staff. The student popluation is a socio-economic mix of kids - which we like. The only shortcoming is that we feel our children are not challenged to achieve their best; a gifted program would suppliment Excel's core capabilities nicely.

- submitted by a parent
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June 17, 2004
The school is great. The only thing that would make it better would be a before and or after school program for the kids.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2003
All three of our children have attended Excel over the past 9 years. The teachers are exceptional and compassionate about their jobs! My children have always loved school and have done well academically. They are challenged and loved! It's wonderful to have a choice in our children's education! I encourage anyone to check out the school for themselves! They will be very pleased with what they see!

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
We've had three Children in this school, and could not be more pleased. Two of our children were there on the day it opened. We've watched it grow from a small academy to a 'large' (650+) elementry / middle school. The staff are the best, and there is no tuition.

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Excel Charter Academy
4201 Breton Road Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI  49512
(616) 281-9339
Last modified Excel Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Excel Charter Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top