Excel Academy provides students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to succeed in school and in life. To prepare our students, Excel Academy provides staff with the tools, training and curriculum to educate girls with cognitive delays, gifted and talented children and students who do not speak English.
Students advance based on mastery of the curriculum and progress is measured continuously using standardized assessments, rubrics and curriculum checklists. Students are grouped and regrouped as they progress through the curriculum. Developing and applying early literacy and numeracy skills in a highly structured setting in the preschool through 3rd grade years is a critical component of our academic program to ensure strong foundational skills in the core subjects: reading, language, writing, mathematics, science and social studies.
Literacy and the Early Intervention Model
The practice of the most successful schools has demonstrated that when young children are provided an environment rich in language and literacy interaction and full of opportunities to listen and use language constantly, they begin to acquire the essential building blocks for learning how to read. A child who enters school without these skills, and who does not develop them in the earliest grades, runs a significant risk of starting behind and staying behind.
We believe that the sooner girls are enrolled in Excel Academy, the greater the impact on their academic achievement and personal development. Excel Academy begins with the earliest learners, pre-school, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, to allow for the movement of students who may be ready for more advanced academic work or for those who may need to be grouped with younger students based on academic and/or social-emotional needs.
Much of the student success in the early years of school at Excel Academy is connected to intensive and comprehensive reading and writing teaching and instruction. At Excel Academy, every girl receives between 2½ and 3 hours of reading and writing per day. Students receive direct instruction in phonics, decoding, vocabulary, handwriting, writing, and comprehension. Through a variety of learning techniques, small group instruction, center work, read aloud and writer’s workshop, students are equipped with the necessary tools to read. Excel Academy is committed to ensuring that every child is ready to read by kindergarten and is a developing reader before entering first grade.