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Programs

Our Approach

Our schools are based on our flagship school, Bronx Excellence. As a network, we offer a differentiated, project-based learning environment that seeks to develop high-level analytical and critical thinking skills in all of our scholars. We differ from other charter management organizations because of our Blue Ribbon award-winning Excellence Model.

The Excellence Model

This model is the basis for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education in the category of Exemplary High-Performing Schools.
Behavioral Standards

Our schools cultivate a nurturing, yet highly accountable learning environment. Reduced student-to-teacher ratios allow more frequent and personalized interactions between students and staff members.

Extended School Days

A longer school day allows us to provide instruction in core subjects and well-rounded educational enrichment. Students receive lessons in a safe, reliable learning environment.

Family and Community Engagement

Our schools promote collaboration and engagement with our families and communities to support our scholars. Parents play an active role within the school community, and we build partnerships with local businesses and organizations to support our initiatives.

Flexible Learning Groups

Our program is designed to engage students through a challenging curriculum and supportive learning environment. We offer flexible and easily adaptable learning groups that are tailored to each child’s specific needs.

High Academic Standards

Our rigorous academic program is aimed at supporting all children in reaching their maximum potential. Every child has a personalized learning plan that tracks achievements, strengths, areas of improvement, goals, and progress.

Liberal Arts Curriculum

Our schools provide instruction in the core subject areas of language arts, math, science and social studies, as well as classes in music, art, dance, physical education, foreign language, and technology to promote foundational academic knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Mandatory School Uniforms

School uniforms help to reduce socio-economic tensions that might otherwise distract students from learning, while providing a public symbol of unity and pride.

Organizational Learning

We are committed to the development of our staff and to building leadership within our organization. We ensure that our employees receive extensive professional development which contributes to the overall success of our schools and community.

Our Teams

Excellence Community Schools offers departmental support to our scholars to help ensure their success both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Academics

The Academics Department collaborates with our school leaders, teachers, parents, and community members to provide a high-quality education for all our scholars. We create a supportive environment in which empathy, positive interactions, responsible decision-making, self-confidence and self-awareness are nurtured. We set high expectations and implement engaging and research-based instructional strategies that are continually monitored and adjusted to meet the needs of our learners.

Family and Community Engagement

Family and Community Engagement (FACE) leverages school partnerships with families and local communities to invest in the development of our scholars.

FACE has worked with community partners like Cool Culture, Little Flower Yoga, and Urban Advantage to provide scholars with exciting learning opportunities. 

Student Advancement

Student Advancement is the partnership between the High School Placement and Alumni Relations teams. 

High School Placement (HSP) provides a roadmap for scholars to explore future opportunities available to them at the secondary education level. 

Alumni Relations (AR) provides direct guidance in connecting scholars to opportunities like our alumni internship program, high school and college scholarship opportunities, continuous learning workshops and alumni association events.

STEM and Innovations

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Innovations introduces scholars to computer science curriculum as early as Pre-K at Stamford Excellence and Kindergarten at our Bronx Excellence schools.  

Beyond the classroom, the STEM and Innovations team has successfully established partnerships with top technology companies, medical schools, and research facilities to give our scholars opportunities to distinguish themselves. Partners include Albert Einstein Medical College of Medicine’s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and Google’s Code-Next program.