"We're DC's first public, all-girls school. "
Students enrolled 630
Hours 7:45 AM - 3:45 PM
School leader Lela Johnson
Transportation options None
District Excel Academy Pcs
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020

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(202) 373-0097
(202) 373-0477
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4 stars
Based on 27 ratings

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August 29, 2014
This school is great! The teachers have a great curriculum in place for the students to maximize their potential. It's the small things that count sometimes and can make a huge impact on a child's life like the fact that all classes are named after the college/university that the teacher attended. The children are taught to remember their college graduation year and they learn tons of positive songs. There is a sense of unity and it shows. My daughter is a high scholar and loves her school. Always remember that you shape the direction of your child in the home.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
I have worked at many, many schools and the efforts these teachers make to be sure that GIRLS get the best education is amazing. Teachers work tirelessly to bring personalized attention, teach rigorous lessons, and show care and dedication to their students. The focus on early childhood education, for 3-year old girls, makes a huge difference in their learning. The girls are excited to be at school every day. Middle school girls are transitioning to become young ladies, and the teachers are persistent in ensuring their behavior and attitudes towards each other are kind and compassionate. Excel is a place that provides opportunities for girls to develop confidence in their academic ability and their social place, not only in the classroom, but in the community. I encourage any parent who has any questions or concerns, to talk directly to their child's teacher. You will see how dedicated they really are.

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2014
My daughter has been attending Excel since 2008. The school is great academically however if you want your child to be bullied and physically hit on, on a daily basis then this is not the school for you. It seems as if you have to go to the top in order for changes to happen or you have threaten to go to the media. Some teachers speak down to you as if you are not on their level. The employees there just have an attitude as if they never want to be at work. I can ONLY name 2 that are pleasant with every interaction! 2 out of how many? There are too many teachers, good ones, that are leaving or have left because they do not get along with the clicks. The last principal was not good for the job and really she should be gone period. They have this person and that person that supposedly discipline the girls, but they can't all seem to be on the same page. Lack of communication is the best way to describe it. There are other schools around that you would not have to go thru all of this nonsense. Concerned parent looking for another school!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
My daughter has been a scholar since she was 4 years of age, she has learned so much from this school not just academics but how to share and care for others, also the teachers and staff always greet the families and scholars with a smile and provide safety and education for the girls.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
My daughter has attended Excel Academy for 3 years and I highly recommend this school. The school is located in a low income part of DC; however, they expect nothing but greatness from their students. My daughter is in the 1st grade and she is reading, writing and doing simple math on her own. The teachers are dedicated and will keep you inform daily. I read one review about the old Principal at the school. Everyone has their opinion, and I will admit she was probably not the best person for that position. She is not a people person, sometimes she will speak to you and sometimes she won't. However, to her defense, she is dedicated to ensuring that every single girl at EXCEL academy excel. The school has hired a new Principal; however, the old Principal still works there, but in a different capacity. Everything is not for everybody. In conclusion, EXCEL is a wonderful all girl school, and I would recommend this school to others.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
My 2 daughters have attended Excel Academy for the past 5 years. They are now in the 2nd and 5th grade. I am very pleased with the staff and the quality of education they have received. The teachers have always been very supportive and responsive to me with any issues or concerns I may have. I have had minor concerns as I believe I would at any school. My concerns are small and dealing with things such as ample time to eat during breakfast and more time to allow the parents to get to school before being late. However, the rigorous academic program and high expectations and standards of not only the students but the parents is great! My personal opinion is that many of us are use to just getting by and Excel is trying to break that chain with our girls by expecting much of them and helping them reach their goals and make it to college! I support excel 100% and am willing to go through the minor ups and downs with the school and staff! I think they are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
Wow, I am writing to bring light on a key point. There was 1 bad review written about this school, and since that 1 bad review posted, 10 positive reviews appeared. 6 of which were posted on the exact same day. Who did this school pay to try to get their rating increased? Parents before you send your child anywhere to attend school, you should always read both positive and negative reviews, paying closer attention to the negative ones because your child could be that "one" exception to the rules. It's not always what the positive or negative reviews say, it's how the administration staff handles the situations, and Excel Academy does not handle negativity well. Best advice as a parent is to take a day, two, or three and just show up unexpected and see what this all girl s school really has to offer your daughter. As with everything, there are always good and bad experiences, but parents always have to consider how to react and respond when it's their child on the end of negativity, which happens quite often at Excel Academy. The teacher/student turnover ratios are very high at this charter school. Find out why! Let those numbers and your visual observation speak for itself!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
I have been working at Excel Academy for a number of years. The school has grown a great deal in such a short time. All of the teachers that I have had the pleasure to work with have truly cared for all the girls and wanted them to do nothing but succeed and grow. I love working at Excel and love the community and all of the amazing young girls I have gotten to teach over the years. I would recommend the school to any parent with young girls. It is one of the best choices in the community for girls.

- submitted by a teacher
January 06, 2014
We Love Excel!!! My daughter has been attending Excel for almost 2 years and she is getting the best education a 4 year could recieve she is reading, writing, counting,singing. WE LOVE EXCEL!!!!!!! They are on top of the GAME!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
My children have been with Excel since thy opened up and we have no plans to leave. Through the years my children have performed above grade level as a result of their rigorous curriculum and interactive teaching.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
Excel is an AWESOME school I recommend this school to most parent with girls. I love the fact that my daughter is learning so much.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
Excel Academy is a great school for girls! The teachers are involved in the girls progress and achievements. The curriculum is very rigorous, engaging and fun. The teachers work on building a bridge between home and school. I like Excel Academy because it operates like a private school but its free. My girls love their school.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
I think that this is an excellent school in a location that needs positive role models for the you girls. I love how involved the teachers and staff are with these girls, and they care about them and their families. My daughter has been here for 3 years, and her reading surprises me every day. It gets to the point where she's reading her homework to me, and is very excited about what she is learning and looks forward to going to school. I'm so proud that I put her in this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
My daughter is one of the very first girls who attended Excel in 2007 and she is now in the 4th grade. I have been so pleased with Excel as school. The teachers and staff are excellent. They have always been in contact with me concerning my daughters development. I have been an active parent and very involved in field trips, meetings and anything the school has allowed me to. Lastly, I am so proud to see that the school is growing yearly and we love the after school programs.. YayI!! Excel...

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2014
I have been teaching at Excel Academy for a number of years and truly enjoy working with our fantastic scholars. They are intelligent, creative, and joyful girls, and we work hard to foster an environment of learning and sisterhood that will help them achieve great things in school and in their futures.

- submitted by a teacher
December 30, 2013
As a teacher at Excel Academy I highly recommend the school community to anyone seeking employment or an academic environment for their daughter. The teachers and administrative staff at Excel hold scholars to high academic standards, specifically in reading, writing, and mathematics. The vision ultimately centers on the idea that all girls are essential and meaningful contributors to society; and that all girls are capable of graduating from college and maintaining optimistic and positive characters. It is guaranteed that your daughter will feel valued and she will be given the social, academic, and behavioral resources needed to make her successful in the classroom and school. As an employee at Excel Academy I value my relationships with my colleagues and the staff because they continuously support my professional growth and instruction as a teacher. If you believe that through hard work, determination, and support, girls are capable of achieving their dreams and life goals; Excel is the place for you.

- submitted by a teacher
December 30, 2013
Excel Academy is committed to preparing all of our scholars with the academic and social skills needed to lead successful, productive, and enriched lives . Our goal is that all of our scholars will be equipped with the skills that they need to transition successfully into high performing high schools and beyond to stellar performances at colleges and universities. We also instill in our scholars a strong belief in sisterhood and that "together we rise." Our entire learning community is dedicated and committed to ensuring the success of every scholar and works tirelessly to ensure that every scholar grows at every academic level and in all areas of social skills. Are we perfect? No. Do we have challenges? Sure. But what sets Excel Academy apart is our 100% commitment to and focus on every individual scholars' needs. We also embrace the belief that our girls need exposure to places, people, and environments beyond their immediate scope which is why Excel Academy provides rich learning opportunities with several outside groups. Our scholars will become productive citizens with a strong sense of community and a belief that a great education is the right of all of our children.

- submitted by a community member
December 16, 2013
If you do not want your daughter to be bullied, beaten, or stabbed by other students, this is not the school for her. Education wise, yes, Excel is a great choice, but the students that attend this school are TOO rough around the edges and they are border-line bullies! The quality of the teaching staff has gone down over the last 3 years and there is very high turnover. The teachers are not equipped to deal with the "probelm kids" that come out of this "problem/bad" area and in many of the classrooms, there are about 5 unruly kids that "run" the classrooms. My daughter will be exiting as soon as I can find her another school. I would not recommend any parents to send their daughters to this school. They have a "lot' of growing to do before they live up to the 9 out of 10 great schools rating. They get zero out of 5 stars in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Excel Academy has exceeded my expectations. The teachers are very passionate about teaching. The teachers are very patient and communicate well with the parents. This is my daughters first year at Excel Academy and she s in pre K and I'm excited for what s to come. I like the fact that each level has there own principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
Excel Academy is truly in a league of its own. The leadership team and teachers are deeply committed to high academic standards and providing scholars with rich experiences and background knowledge to enhance their understanding of the world. By the end of first grade, my students were able to their create own powerpoint presentations, participate in research writing, read chapter books, begin the early stages of multiplication, and publish their own stories. I am inspired by how intentional the leaders are in every interaction with the scholars, from choosing the most rigorous curriculums available to organizing activities and trips for the girls to get involved and become leaders in their community. For example this past year our 4th graders sang at an inaugural ball celebrating President Obama, and our campus participated in the development and maintenance of a community garden. Walking through the halls of Excel Academy you can feel the dedication and urgency of the teachers and scholars. The mission of Excel is educate, empower, excel, and that is precisely what drives our teachers, scholars and staff to succeed academically and serve the Greater DC community.

- submitted by a teacher
August 12, 2013
Wonderful school academically. My daughter has attended Excel Academy since Preschool. She is doing tremendously well. Love the school!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
I am the mother of two students who have been attending Excel since they were 3. They are now 6 & 7. I wouldnt change their educational start here for anything. The teachers and staff are exceptional! Both my girls have been reading since they were 3 and my youngest continues to exceed every end year goal before the end of the year. My oldest struggles a bit more but the teachers are sure to place here in numerous extra groups and she maintains a 2.98-3.0 each quarter! Yes the school does focus a lot on academics which in my case is great in this day and age, I feel children can play at home. We havent had a problem with bullying. Another great point..after all the surrounding Anacostia schools Excel scored the highest in Cas scores!!!! My only down side is the lack of Parental involvement!!!. I make it a point to stay involved in all school wide activities... Outside of that Excel Rocks!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
Excel is a terrible school! The school is unprofessional and is an unsafe environment. The entire school day consists of math and reading, the kids are only allowed to play for 30 minutes. The teachers are good, however leadership is neglegent. They allow students to do whatever they want and there is no discipline system. DO NOT SEND YOUR DAUGHTERS THERE! They will be bullied and won't learn anything except how to read in count.

- submitted by a teacher
June 19, 2013
My daughter with a disability has gone there for 4 years, and she has been bullied and physically assaulted by the girls in her class. The leadership acts like this does not happen and ignores my daughter. The principal wouldn't even meet with me when I tried to talk to her about it. They don't even give her all the services written in her IEP. I am so happy Friday is my daughter's last day.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
The worst school in Washington, DC. My daughter will not be returning. My daughter is too advanced for Excel. The staff is the worst I have ever experienced. The principal is the worst of them all. She should not be working there.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
I love this school. the teacher are really involved in the girls learning and parent are encourage to be more involved in their child education. which most school don't care if parent are involved or not...I recommend this school to anyone who want their child to have a good education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2010
I am an Excel parent and I have to say I am very pleased with the school. The curriculum is very advanced. This is my daughter's first year (preschool) and she loves it. Her vocabulary has improved immensely and she recognizes words (reading) and their meanings. She is writing (age 3) and progressing tremendously. So far, I am pleased with the school and its staff. Not only do they maintain a high regard for academics but they teach the girls to always hold themselves in the highest of esteem. Other than location, I have absolutely no problems with the school. I definitely look forward to her years at Excel.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 17, 2010
I am a former parent of Excel. My child attended the academy as an advanced kindergardner. The school has great ideas and potential but due to my daughter's scholastics, I didn't feel that the teachers were seasoned enough nor challenge my childs intelect. My child became bored with the lessons. Knowing this, the teachers kept her at the level of the other classmates that were not as gifted. My child loved her teachers but we decided to move on to higher learning elsewhere, which is unfortunate because she enjoyed attending the school. Although, she attends another school now, she still speaks of certain teachers that she misses there.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
Excel Academy is the first all-girls public charter school in DC. It currently has grades k3 - 1st grade but plans to go to the 8th grade. This is my daughter's second year at Excel and I have been nothing but satisfied with the school, admintrators, and teachers. Excel has a vigorous academic program that really focus on reading development. Students spend 2-3 hours each day developing their reading and phonic skills. My daughter and most of the girls in her kingergarden class is able to read. I have nothing but great things to say about Excel. The Administrators have done an excellent job selecting the most dedicated, highly qualified teachers to teach our girls which is really hard to find in S.E. DC. I definitely plan on keeping my daughter in the school.

- submitted by a parent
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Excel Academy PCS
2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC  20020
(202) 373-0097
Last modified Excel Academy PCS is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Excel Academy PCS Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top