School Details

Excel Academy PCS

2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020
(202) 373-0097
5

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-5 630 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

18%
47%
33%
44%

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2011-2012 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10. In 2010-2011 students were tested in science in grades 5, 8 and high school. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Excel Academy PCS average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

49%
59%
42%
50%

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2011-2012 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10. In 2010-2011 students were tested in science in grades 5, 8 and high school. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Excel Academy PCS average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
53%
67%
54%

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2011-2012 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10. In 2010-2011 students were tested in science in grades 5, 8 and high school. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2014
  • Excel Academy PCS average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Excel Academy PCS is a charter elementary school in Washington. The principal of Excel Academy PCS is Lela Johnson and can be contacted at lhjohnson@excelpcs.org. 630 children attend Excel Academy PCS and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 0% of the Excel Academy PCS students have "limited English proficiency." 88% of the 630 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. Patterson Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 99% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Hispanic 0% %
Asian 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 88%
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This school is great! The teachers have a great curriculum in place for the students to maximize their potential. It's the small things that count sometimes and can make a huge impact on a child's life like the fact that all classes are named after the college/university that the teacher attended. The children are taught to remember their college graduation year and they learn tons of positive songs. There is a sense of unity and it shows. My daughter is a high scholar and loves her school. Always remember that you shape the direction of your child in the home.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have worked at many many schools and the efforts these teachers make to be sure that GIRLS get the best education is amazing. Teachers work tirelessly to bring personalized attention teach rigorous lessons and show care and dedication to their students. The focus on early childhood education for 3-year old girls makes a huge difference in their learning. The girls are excited to be at school every day. Middle school girls are transitioning to become young ladies and the teachers are persistent in ensuring their behavior and attitudes towards each other are kind and compassionate. Excel is a place that provides opportunities for girls to develop confidence in their academic ability and their social place not only in the classroom but in the community. I encourage any parent who has any questions or concerns to talk directly to their child's teacher. You will see how dedicated they really are.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been attending Excel since 2008. The school is great academically however if you want your child to be bullied and physically hit on on a daily basis then this is not the school for you. It seems as if you have to go to the top in order for changes to happen or you have threaten to go to the media. Some teachers speak down to you as if you are not on their level. The employees there just have an attitude as if they never want to be at work. I can ONLY name 2 that are pleasant with every interaction! 2 out of how many? There are too many teachers good ones that are leaving or have left because they do not get along with the clicks. The last principal was not good for the job and really she should be gone period. They have this person and that person that supposedly discipline the girls but they can't all seem to be on the same page. Lack of communication is the best way to describe it. There are other schools around that you would not have to go thru all of this nonsense. Concerned parent looking for another school!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been a scholar since she was 4 years of age she has learned so much from this school not just academics but how to share and care for others also the teachers and staff always greet the families and scholars with a smile and provide safety and education for the girls.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has attended Excel Academy for 3 years and I highly recommend this school. The school is located in a low income part of DC; however they expect nothing but greatness from their students. My daughter is in the 1st grade and she is reading writing and doing simple math on her own. The teachers are dedicated and will keep you inform daily. I read one review about the old Principal at the school. Everyone has their opinion and I will admit she was probably not the best person for that position. She is not a people person sometimes she will speak to you and sometimes she won't. However to her defense she is dedicated to ensuring that every single girl at EXCEL academy excel. The school has hired a new Principal; however the old Principal still works there but in a different capacity. Everything is not for everybody. In conclusion EXCEL is a wonderful all girl school and I would recommend this school to others.

  • (1 year ago)

    My 2 daughters have attended Excel Academy for the past 5 years. They are now in the 2nd and 5th grade. I am very pleased with the staff and the quality of education they have received. The teachers have always been very supportive and responsive to me with any issues or concerns I may have. I have had minor concerns as I believe I would at any school. My concerns are small and dealing with things such as ample time to eat during breakfast and more time to allow the parents to get to school before being late. However the rigorous academic program and high expectations and standards of not only the students but the parents is great! My personal opinion is that many of us are use to just getting by and Excel is trying to break that chain with our girls by expecting much of them and helping them reach their goals and make it to college! I support excel 100% and am willing to go through the minor ups and downs with the school and staff! I think they are amazing!

  • (1 year ago)

    Wow I am writing to bring light on a key point. There was 1 bad review written about this school and since that 1 bad review posted 10 positive reviews appeared. 6 of which were posted on the exact same day. Who did this school pay to try to get their rating increased? Parents before you send your child anywhere to attend school you should always read both positive and negative reviews paying closer attention to the negative ones because your child could be that "one" exception to the rules. It's not always what the positive or negative reviews say it's how the administration staff handles the situations and Excel Academy does not handle negativity well. Best advice as a parent is to take a day two or three and just show up unexpected and see what this all girl s school really has to offer your daughter. As with everything there are always good and bad experiences but parents always have to consider how to react and respond when it's their child on the end of negativity which happens quite often at Excel Academy. The teacher/student turnover ratios are very high at this charter school. Find out why! Let those numbers and your visual observation speak for itself!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been working at Excel Academy for a number of years. The school has grown a great deal in such a short time. All of the teachers that I have had the pleasure to work with have truly cared for all the girls and wanted them to do nothing but succeed and grow. I love working at Excel and love the community and all of the amazing young girls I have gotten to teach over the years. I would recommend the school to any parent with young girls. It is one of the best choices in the community for girls.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children have been with Excel since thy opened up and we have no plans to leave. Through the years my children have performed above grade level as a result of their rigorous curriculum and interactive teaching.

  • (1 year ago)

    We Love Excel!!! My daughter has been attending Excel for almost 2 years and she is getting the best education a 4 year could recieve she is reading writing counting singing. WE LOVE EXCEL!!!!!!! They are on top of the GAME!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Excel is an AWESOME school I recommend this school to most parent with girls. I love the fact that my daughter is learning so much.

  • (1 year ago)

    Excel Academy is a great school for girls! The teachers are involved in the girls progress and achievements. The curriculum is very rigorous engaging and fun. The teachers work on building a bridge between home and school. I like Excel Academy because it operates like a private school but its free. My girls love their school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I think that this is an excellent school in a location that needs positive role models for the you girls. I love how involved the teachers and staff are with these girls and they care about them and their families. My daughter has been here for 3 years and her reading surprises me every day. It gets to the point where she's reading her homework to me and is very excited about what she is learning and looks forward to going to school. I'm so proud that I put her in this school!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is one of the very first girls who attended Excel in 2007 and she is now in the 4th grade. I have been so pleased with Excel as school. The teachers and staff are excellent. They have always been in contact with me concerning my daughters development. I have been an active parent and very involved in field trips meetings and anything the school has allowed me to. Lastly I am so proud to see that the school is growing yearly and we love the after school programs.. YayI!! Excel...

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been teaching at Excel Academy for a number of years and truly enjoy working with our fantastic scholars. They are intelligent creative and joyful girls and we work hard to foster an environment of learning and sisterhood that will help them achieve great things in school and in their futures.

  • (1 year ago)

    Excel Academy is committed to preparing all of our scholars with the academic and social skills needed to lead successful productive and enriched lives . Our goal is that all of our scholars will be equipped with the skills that they need to transition successfully into high performing high schools and beyond to stellar performances at colleges and universities. We also instill in our scholars a strong belief in sisterhood and that "together we rise." Our entire learning community is dedicated and committed to ensuring the success of every scholar and works tirelessly to ensure that every scholar grows at every academic level and in all areas of social skills. Are we perfect? No. Do we have challenges? Sure. But what sets Excel Academy apart is our 100% commitment to and focus on every individual scholars' needs. We also embrace the belief that our girls need exposure to places people and environments beyond their immediate scope which is why Excel Academy provides rich learning opportunities with several outside groups. Our scholars will become productive citizens with a strong sense of community and a belief that a great education is the right of all of our children.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a teacher at Excel Academy I highly recommend the school community to anyone seeking employment or an academic environment for their daughter. The teachers and administrative staff at Excel hold scholars to high academic standards specifically in reading writing and mathematics. The vision ultimately centers on the idea that all girls are essential and meaningful contributors to society; and that all girls are capable of graduating from college and maintaining optimistic and positive characters. It is guaranteed that your daughter will feel valued and she will be given the social academic and behavioral resources needed to make her successful in the classroom and school. As an employee at Excel Academy I value my relationships with my colleagues and the staff because they continuously support my professional growth and instruction as a teacher. If you believe that through hard work determination and support girls are capable of achieving their dreams and life goals; Excel is the place for you.

  • (1 year ago)

    If you do not want your daughter to be bullied beaten or stabbed by other students this is not the school for her. Education wise yes Excel is a great choice but the students that attend this school are TOO rough around the edges and they are border-line bullies! The quality of the teaching staff has gone down over the last 3 years and there is very high turnover. The teachers are not equipped to deal with the "probelm kids" that come out of this "problem/bad" area and in many of the classrooms there are about 5 unruly kids that "run" the classrooms. My daughter will be exiting as soon as I can find her another school. I would not recommend any parents to send their daughters to this school. They have a "lot' of growing to do before they live up to the 9 out of 10 great schools rating. They get zero out of 5 stars in my opinion.

  • (1 year ago)

    Excel Academy has exceeded my expectations. The teachers are very passionate about teaching. The teachers are very patient and communicate well with the parents. This is my daughters first year at Excel Academy and she s in pre K and I'm excited for what s to come. I like the fact that each level has there own principal.

  • (1 year ago)

    Excel Academy is truly in a league of its own. The leadership team and teachers are deeply committed to high academic standards and providing scholars with rich experiences and background knowledge to enhance their understanding of the world. By the end of first grade my students were able to their create own powerpoint presentations participate in research writing read chapter books begin the early stages of multiplication and publish their own stories. I am inspired by how intentional the leaders are in every interaction with the scholars from choosing the most rigorous curriculums available to organizing activities and trips for the girls to get involved and become leaders in their community. For example this past year our 4th graders sang at an inaugural ball celebrating President Obama and our campus participated in the development and maintenance of a community garden. Walking through the halls of Excel Academy you can feel the dedication and urgency of the teachers and scholars. The mission of Excel is educate empower excel and that is precisely what drives our teachers scholars and staff to succeed academically and serve the Greater DC community.

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