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Philosophy and Values

As Washington’s first public charter school for girls, we are committed to providing the best educational experience in Washington, DC. To meet the educational needs of our families, Excel Academy has a very strong set of core values governing all areas of school life. We are committed to providing:

  • A Rigorous Single Gender Model - Excel Academy’s unique single-sex environment is supported by extensive research and rooted in high academic achievement and learning for every student that permits staff to focus teaching strategies directed on the learning needs and styles of girls.
  • An Early Educational Intervention Program - Starting with students who are three and four years old, Excel Academy offers an instructional program that promotes school readiness in literacy, math, and social development.
  • More Time on Task - Students at Excel Academy are in academically rigorous learning environments for longer school days and for an extended year. A relentless focus on the details allows students and teachers to spend more time on task.
  • A Standards Based Curriculum - Our academic program is research-proven and has demonstrated significant student achievement in reading, writing, and math.
  • Early and Frequent Assessments - Excel Academy teachers know the power of assessing student progress and using data to track student performance. We identify students’ academic needs early and adjust teaching strategies accordingly. This system of assessment allows us to respond with targeted immediacy.
  • A Team of Highly Skilled Teachers - The Excel Team receives ongoing professional development to build skills and create and maintain a community of respect and collaboration with our staff and parents.
  • A Continued Community Partnership - We embrace students’ parents and guardians as essential partners in the education of their children. We engage families and the wider community to support Excel Academy’s girls.
  • Rich Extracurricular Activities - We offer a female mentoring program and Saturday Academy for additional enrichment and field trip opportunities. We partner extensively with community organizations that have a vested interest in the success of our girls.
  • A School Wide Character Development Program - Excel Academy scholars live and work by a set of core values, represented by IDEALS: Integrity, Discipline, Enjoyment, Achievement, Leadership, and Sisterhood.