Based in New York City, Excellence Community Schools (ECS) evolved from the success of our flagship school, Bronx Charter School for Excellence (K-8). ECS is the charter management organization of the Bronx Excellence network of schools, and the ECS affiliate school, Stamford Excellence. Our programs are based on a proven, nationally recognized model. The Key Design Elements of our education model are the basis for Bronx Charter School for Excellence's National Blue Ribbon from the US Department of Education in the category of "Exemplary High-Performing Schools."
The ECS School Day: Expecting Excellence from Our Children
Our schools cultivate a close-knit professional learning community with a rich and rigorous curriculum employing evidence-based best practices. We have high expectations for all children and provide data-driven individualized instruction. Literacy is a core competency that is emphasized, and our model reflects a dedication of time and resources to reading, writing, and math - more than 2 hours per day are spent on ELA and math.
ECS & Replication: Generations of Excellence
Our fundamental goals of replication are to provide greater access to high-quality educational programs to students and families in high-needs neighborhoods, and close persisting achievement and opportunity gaps in these communities. Our long-term goal is to leverage the transformative power of education to elevate every student, family, and the surrounding communities we serve through the opening of Bronx Excellence 2, Bronx Excellence 3, Bronx Excellence 4 and Bronx Excellence 5 (Fall 2019). These campuses will grow one grade level each year until they reach full capacity as K-8 schools throughout the borough. Stamford Excellence will also grow to full capacity as a PK-8 school.
ECS Alumni: Beyond Excellence
Since 2013 our scholars have been accepted to Specialized High Schools including, but not limited to: Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, LaGuardia and Stuyvesant. Independent and Catholic school acceptances include, but are not limited to: Fordham Preparatory School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Berkshire, Concord Academy, Loomis Chaffee, Episcopal High School (VA), Marymount School, Rye Country Day School, All Hallows, Cardinal Hayes, Iona Preparatory School, Mount St. Michael Academy, Cristo Rey, St. Jean Baptiste, Preston & Xavier.
Our alumni are accepted into colleges and universities that include: University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Loyola University – Maryland, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Penn State University, Wesleyan University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.