Letter from the ECS CEO

Hello New Friend,

Thank you for your interest in Excellence Community Schools, home to Stamford Excellence, the first public charter elementary school located in Stamford, Connecticut and Bronx Excellence, a National Blue Ribbon School recognized by the United States Department of Education. On this website you will find information about the history and model of our beloved schools.

Our unique recipe for excellence has combined high academic standards and collaborative community relationships, making us a beacon of responsibility and partnership in our surroundings. The double pennants in our logo symbolize both commitment and provision. These qualities have earned us several competitive local, state and federal grants as well as local recognition throughout the borough and many awards of service.

At ECS, we believe in raising the standard. When we set our sights higher than ever before, we begin to truly see excellence in ourselves, and in our teachers, in our classrooms, with our scholars and their parents, and in the neighborhood. When EXCELLENCE is expected, we all aim higher, we all think bigger, and, together, we all RISE UP!

If you are interested in learning more about us, we encourage you to visit the Holland, Benedict or Schuyler campuses as well as the Harlem Central Office. We hope to stay in touch with you and welcome you to the Excellence Community Schools family.


Dr. Charlene M. Reid
CEO & Founder, Excellence Community Schools

Dr. Reid is entering her 19th year as an educator. She began her career as a teacher leader in South Los Angeles after earning a BA in Political Science and an Ed.M. in Elementary Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Mrs. Reid also earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College before serving as an assistant principal in the Bronx and Harlem. In 2007, Mrs. Reid became the Principal and Head of School at BCSE where she spearheaded the turnaround of a school on the brink of closure. BCSE was recognized as the highest performing K-8 non-magnet school in the State of New York and in 2012 was distinguished a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School. Mrs. Reid was elected a Cahn Fellow, for outstanding New York City principals at Columbia University, Teachers College in 2011 and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, earning a Doctorate in Education, Ed.D. in 2016.