About our Founder

Kaye Savage – Founder 

Kaye Savage began her career as a certified special education teacher working with low-income students in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her passion to make a difference led to policy research work at the Urban Institute and later into the public service arena concentrating on local and federal government programs targeting urban economically distressed communities. Kaye worked in the White House on the Historical Black College and Universities (HBCUs) Initiative. Most recently, she served the Program Manager for the District of Columbia Family Education Network, a special parent training initiative of Fight for Children.  She has also worked as the National Director for the 21st Century School Fund and as special Project Manager on a staff augmentation contract in the Office of Facilities Management of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Kaye began her college education at Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and completed her undergraduate work with high honors at Howard University where she also earned a Master’s of Science degree with distinction with a concentration in developmental psychology. Kaye was an Intergovernmental Fellow during her tenure at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and earned her MPA from the University of Southern California. Kaye is a Building Excellent Schools Fellow and member of the Board of Trustees for the National Coalition of Girls Schools and National Network of Schools in Partnership.


Dear Friends,

One of my greatest joys is being able to say thank you to our parents for sending their daughters to Excel Academy.  I value the incredible commitment to our school community.  Excel provides a rigorous academic program complimented by enrichment opportunities empowering our scholars to achieve outstanding results as they prepare for high school, college, and beyond.

To our other community stakeholders, I am grateful for the unwavering support and continued encouragement to build an amazing school for girls in the Anacostia community of the District of Columbia.  Excel Academy was founded on the premise of the transformational impact of educating girls. I believe that when we educate girls, we educate families, change communities, and transform our city.  An educated girl will reinvest 90% of her future income in her own family.

I am deeply appreciative to you for your dedication and commitment, as together, we prepare our girls to Excel.


Kaye E. Savage