Mission and History


Our schools prepare young scholars to compete for admission to and succeed in top public, independent, and parochial high schools by cultivating their intellectual, artistic, social, emotional, and ethical development. We accomplish this by offering a challenging and rigorous academic curriculum, which at the earliest of grades has an eye towards college preparation. To achieve this, our schools create a supportive and caring environment that has high expectations of all students. We offer a differentiated, project-based learning environment that develops high-level analytical and critical thinking skills in all of our students. Our engaging approach to educating our scholars is implemented by a collaborative team of teachers.


Excellence Community Schools was founded in July 2016 and is the non-profit charter management organization supporting Bronx Excellence and Stamford Excellence schools. In September 2016, Excellence Community Schools was one of only 15 grantees nationwide to receive awards from the U.S. Department of Education for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Public Charter Schools.

The Bronx Charter School for Excellence, or Bronx Excellence, began as a K-5 charter public elementary school for children in New York’s Morris Park/Parkchester section of the Bronx in 2004. In 2007, Dr. Charlene Reid became the Principal of Bronx Excellence, in Parkchester. 

By 2009, the State University of New York (SUNY) took note of the school's positive trajectory, stating in their Initial Renewal Recommendation Report that “the school had created a warm, respectful environment where learning is valued and the school had established high expectations for student achievement.” In that same year, Bronx Excellence became one of only three SUNY authorized charter schools to receive a full-term, five-year renewal. By 2012, Bronx Excellence was identified as the highest performing K-8 public charter school in the State of New York and was recognized as a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School.


Established in 2016
Excellence Community Schools (ECS) is a non-profit and Charter Management Organization (CMO), which evolved from our flagship school model, Bronx Excellence 1.


Established in 2004
Bronx Excellence 1-5 and Bronx Excellence 1 Middle, are in a free, charter public K-8 school network serving the Parkchester, Morris Park, Wakefield, and Tremont neighborhoods of Bronx, NY.


Established in 2015
Stamford Excellence is a free, charter public PK-5 school district and the first charter elementary school to have been established in Stamford, CT.