Mission and History


Established in 2017
Bronx Excellence 3 is in a free, charter public K-8 school network serving the Wakefield neighborhood of Bronx, NY.



Our school prepares 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 school creates 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 (ECS) was founded on July 1, 2016. ECS is the charter management organization or parent organization of Bronx Excellence, also known as the Bronx Charter School for Excellence (BCSE). In September 2016, ECS and BCSE welcomed the first Bronx replica school, Bronx Excellence 2. Bronx Excellence 2 opened to 120 scholars enrolled in Kindergarten and 1st grade and will grow by a grade level every year until it reaches 8th grade.

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 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 3'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.