Our History

The Bronx Charter School for Excellence, or Bronx Excellence, began as a K-5 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 and Head of School where she spearheaded the turnaround of a school on the brink of closure.

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, 5-year renewal. By 2012 BCSE was recognized as the highest performing K-8 non-magnet school in the State of New York and was officially distinguished a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School.

Today, Bronx Excellence 1 (K-8), the flagship school, serves more than 800 scholars and has expanded to include a brand new, LEED-certified, environmentally sustainable learning complex. Bronx Excellence 2 opened in September 2016 and will serve approximately 540 scholars once it reaches full capacity (K-8). In September 2017 Bronx Excellence 3 opened in the Wakefield community and will serve approximately 810 scholars once it reaches full capacity (K-8). Of additional note, Stamford Excellence opened in August 2015 and is the first replica of Bronx Excellence 1. Stamford Excellence will grow to a fully functional PK-8 school. By 2023, our network will expand to 12 schools serving over 4000 scholars.

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