School Details

Academy of Academic Excellence

2545 Gayton Centre Drive, Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 740-6500

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-5 37 students 6 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

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About this school

Academy of Academic Excellence is a private elementary school in Tuckahoe. 37 students go to Academy of Academic Excellence and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Academy of Academic Excellence is 6:1. Gayton Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 71% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Hispanic 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 23% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My son started KG at age 4 and we have not regretted our decision to start him at AAE for one second. Originally he was signed up to do private KG elsewhere since he did not meet the cutoff but we're so glad that we found this school. Teachers are passionate and enthusiastic which translates over to the kids. My son LOVES this school and the progress he has made so far has been outstanding! Lots of kudos to Ms Busch and her staff!

  • (1 year ago)

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Busch and team for all the hard work they are doing. A special thanks to Mrs. V for her care and love towards Rahul without which this couldn t have happened. At this time I would like to share some of my experience I had during the meeting with Ms. Judy William (Educational Specialist for Gifted program). Ms. Judy was amazed with all the effort AAE took in making sure all the documents are received on time and level of co-operation from the school. In fact during our 20min meeting she talked lot of good things about AAE and wanted to convey her special thanks to Ms. Busch for her dedication and hard word. This clearly shows her passion and love towards her kids. Every parent should be proud for their children at AAE as they are all gifted to have such wonderful teachers to guide them and work towards their success. Thanks again for everything.

  • (2 years ago)

    Frankly for us putting our son in AAE was a no brainer. He didn t meet the cutoff for public school. At Day care he was bored out of his mind. When we met with the AAE Faculty and parents at the open house they made our decision easy. We were sold on 3 basic criteria. 1. Focus on Discipline and Social Conduct 2. Focus on Education 3. And last but not the least incredibly dedicated teachers (cannot stress on this enough) Our son was admitted in Kindergarten when he was 4yrs old. Like any parents we worried about is it too early? Would this negatively impact his confidence? Etc. But once he was admitted we realized that the AAE provided a perfect balance between learning and playing. He was challenged on a daily basis. Within a year his confidence levels were sky high. We decided to stay the course and leave him in AAE for Grade 1. This was the transformation year. Long story short we decided to move back to India. Our son had to go and Interview with Schools (IB) there. Each school had two 1hour interviews. They tested him on all subjects. At the end he was accepted at all the schools where he interviewed. We have to say that this was only possible because of AAE.

  • (3 years ago)

    Without a doubt the best decision I made for my kindergartner ! I chose this amazing program for our daughter after our "zoned" public school informed me they would test her for reading in the 3rd grade. I drove her 18 minutes 2 times a day to AAE and I would do it all again. The Dean and the teachers are all professional's and love what they do. They have taken my daughters reading level way up and given her the accountability and strength she needed. The personal strengths of every child are celebrated and cultured at AAE. This program is amazing and worth every cent !!

  • (3 years ago)

    Our daughter attended AAE during 3rd/4th grades and really loved it. The care and attention she received from the teachers helped her build good foundation and improve academically which paved way for her to get into Three Chopt for 5th grade. Though she had to face lot challenges at Three Chopt this year due to heavy workload/projects she started to realize the importance of hard work and that helped her to get into Moody Middle School now. We are really grateful to AAE since she couldn't have done it without them!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our son attended AAE for kindergarten and first grade and we loved it. The personal attention he received kept him engaged and being able to progress at his own pace prevented any boredom. He never felt like he was being held back. After trying another school for second grade we'll be coming back for third and fourth grades - at his request. He has complained that he's not learning enough in his new school and has had a very frustrating year. -- Karen Kantor

  • (4 years ago)

    We love the Academy of Academic Excellence! A small school with fantastic teachers. It gives a lot of personal attention to each kid. When I asked the dean of the school whether they have any lagging students she said "Yes but they will never know about it". That means that the curriculum is being adjusted for every child while teaching and stimulating independent learning and creating a challenging atmosphere.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a cute little school from Kindergarten to Third grade. My daughter has been going to this school for past 1.5 years. She loves the school and the attention from the teachers. Lot of attention is given to academic development of each student... IThe multi-cultural background of kids in this school should help the kids prepare for the challenges ahead academically.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has been everything we expected and more. AAE is nurturing environment in which not even e second is wasted and everything is turned into a learning experience. The school is an excellent environment for accelerated learners. Everybody has the opportunity to advance at their own pace the sky is the limit. Children learn form each other in a school geared toward the leaders of the future. And more important than anything else children learn how to think!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter has been going to AAE since kindergarden and I am very pleased with the educational program. AAE is a wonderful school! The academic program is outstanding as are the teachers. We are blessed to be part of AAE. Thx Soniya

  • (6 years ago)

    We found this wonderful school through a friend of a friend last year and were very impressed by how well they knew our child after completing the application process. He is now there and having a great experience. This is a perfect environment for accelerated children - the curriculum is truly customized for each child - and the children all celebrate and respect each others' unique talents. We are very happy to have found AAE!

  • (8 years ago)

    I stumbled upon this little gem of a private elementary school just by coincidence... and I'm very grateful for that! My kids have been there through the K-3 and thoroughly enjoyed the environment... The teachers and supporting staff meet the kids where they are and encourage them to be more inquisitive and inspired to make them lifelong learners. They are very open to any talents parents can share with them and add value to the curriculum. Being small it is very flexible and provides in-cass differentiation for children to grow and explore their interests and talents. I thoroughly enjoyed my association with the school for the past three years. Thank you very much AAE for being there!

  • (9 years ago)

    We feel very fortunate to have discovered the fabulous educational environment at the Academy of Academic Excellence. These are master educators fostering a love of learning in a small uplifting environment which celebrates individualism. The teachers at AAE truly customize the curriculum encouraging children to accelerate. There is no stopping because a student has mastered the skills set forth in the traditional grade school curriculum. The teachers challenged and encouraged our son to help him reach his full potential. We have been especially thrilled with the positive way in which they help children develop strategies and learn to make wise decisions. Everything that is done at the school is done in the best interests of the children. This is a group of extraordinary individuals with a passion for teaching!

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