Letter from the CEO

"Welcome to Excellence Community Schools!"

We thank you for your interest and invite you to tour our site to learn more about our mission, our history, our approach to instruction, and our campuses.

Excellence Community Schools (ECS) was developed to increase our impact and enhance our National Blue Ribbon Award-winning model as we expand to serve more scholars, families, and communities.

Our schools cultivate lifelong learners equipped with the audacity to dream, the skills to succeed, and the unrelenting pursuit of Excellence. Whether it is through our high expectations for academics and conduct, our co-curricular programming, our community-based partnerships, the creative arts, or technology, we strive to provide our scholars with the competitive edge they need to compete for seats in prestigious high schools, universities, and chosen career paths.

We believe that schools are the heartbeat of a Community. High-quality schools have the power to elevate entire communities, from raising property values to bringing together generations of family members, and embracing a multitude of cultures all invested in the future generation of scholars, innovators, leaders, workforce, and global citizens.

ECS is a charter management organization driving the expansion of our nationally recognized model. We aim to change the longstanding narrative of inequality in historically underserved communities by closing achievement, opportunity, and creativity gaps. We currently educate 1,420 scholars across 5 Schools in two states, and we are launching more schools each year. Within five years, our network will grow to 12 schools serving over 4,000 children.

The two blue flags you see in our logo underpin our commitment to RISE UP and uphold the high quality of education that earned our flagship a National Blue Ribbon, as well as a highly competitive award from the U.S. Department of Education to ECS for the replication and expansion of high-quality charter schools.

This is a personal investment for us. We want the best for our scholars in the same manner that we want the best for our own children. Through the levers of high academic standards, community pride, accountability, positive work habits, and persistence, our schools are preparing our next generation of innovators and problem-solvers so we can cultivate safer, healthier, compassionate, confident, and informed citizens for a brighter and unified future.

Thank you for joining us in our journey to elevate and empower every scholar, family, and community we serve.


Dr. Charlene Reid
CEO & Founder, Excellence Community Schools

ABOUT OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP Dr. Charlene Reid is the CEO of Excellence Community Schools, a charter management organization with schools in the Bronx, NY and Stamford, CT. Dr. Reid is entering her 20th year as an educator. After earning a BA in Political Science and an Ed.M. in Elementary Education from UCLA, she began her career as a teacher leader in South Los Angeles. Dr. Reid also earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College before serving as an assistant principal and principal in the Bronx and Harlem. In 2007, Dr. Reid became the Principal and Head of School at the Bronx Charter School for Excellence (BCSE), where she spearheaded the turnaround of a school on the brink of closure. BCSE was subsequently recognized as the highest performing K-8 non-magnet public school in New York State, and in 2012 was distinguished as a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Dr. Reid was awarded a Cahn Fellowship for outstanding New York City principals at Columbia University, Teachers College in 2011, and later earned a Doctorate in Education, Ed.D. in 2016 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.