Mission and History


Established in 2004
Bronx Excellence 1 Elementary and Bronx Excellence 1 Middle are in a free, charter public K-8 school network serving the Parkchester neighborhood of Bronx, NY.



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.


Founded in 2004, the Bronx Charter School for Excellence, better known as Bronx Excellence, is one of New York’s true success stories.
What began as a K-5 public school alternative for children in the Parkchester/Morris Park region of the Bronx, has developed into one of the highest-performing charter schools in the state — only 50% of ELA scores at grade level — the same statistic as under-performing traditional district schools. With a need for new leadership, Bronx Excellence welcomed Dr. Charlene Reid as Head of School. Under Dr. Reid's leadership, Bronx Excellence was able to successfully renew its five year charter. With mounting success, Bronx Excellence 1’s wait list soared to over 1,600 for 26 spots in 2010; in 2012  it was named a National Blue Ribbon School. Today, Bronx Excellence 1 Elementary and Middle serve more than 800 scholars and has expanded to include a brand new, LEED-certified, environmentally sustainable learning complex. Bronx Excellence 1 is the first school in the Excellence network and has since replicated its award-winning model into sibling schools: Stamford Excellence, Bronx Excellence 2, Bronx Excellence 3, Bronx Excellence 4 and Bronx Excellence 5. 

Bronx Excellence 1's challenging academic programs are led by school-based initiatives supported by parents, school-wide events and extensive extracurricular offerings. Every scholar, parent, and staff member has personal responsibility for the school’s success. As a result, Bronx Excellence 1 has dramatically improved its academic results and serves as a successful model for schools across New York City and State. Dr. Charlene Reid, formerly Principal Reid, is now CEO of Excellence Community Schools.