Friends of Excel Academy Inc.

aka Excel Academy Charter Schools   |   East Boston, MA   |  www.excelacademy.org

Mission

The mission of Excel Academy is to prepare students to succeed in high school and college, apply their learning to solve relevant problems, and engage productively in their communities.

Ruling year info

2004

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Owen Stearns

Main address

2 Neptune Road, #148

East Boston, MA 02128 USA

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EIN

30-0211613

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Graduate Services & Post Secondary Support

Excel has built a multi-faceted and all-inclusive Graduate Services and Post Secondary Support Department that provides all students with the supports they need to succeed in both high school and college. Our program leverages the strong relationships we foster with Excel students and families to address the many barriers to higher education. We provide programming that is inclusive, comprehensive and targeted to meet the needs of our Latino, low-income, immigrant youth and their families that is traditionally not readily available to this demographic.

Population(s) Served

Unrestricted support needed to fund Excel's expansion to three fully-enrolled middle schools and one new high school.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Excel Academy exists to provide an alternative educational option for the young people of East Boston and Chelsea, Massachusetts. Too many students in these communities are stuck in failing schools that will not prepare them for college or careers that will ensure they live a vibrant, successful, fulfilling lives. As a public school district, Excel is a tuition-free option for our students and families -- an option that alters the trajectories of the students who matriculate.

Excel provides each of its students a rigorous academic curriculum starting in 5th grade that is complemented by significant support to promote character development and positive behaviors. Excel continues to tweak its academic model to ensure we are expecting our students to achieve at the highest academic levels, and now with a new high school we are continuing to push our students to new heights.

Excel Academy is a network of public schools. To achieve our mission of preparing our students for high school and college, we operate high-quality, demanding middle and high schools. We are never satisfied and are always seeking new ways of achieving excellence and preparing our students to achieve the ambitious mission first outlined by our founders in 2003.

Excel is proud of its years of success at the middle school level as evidenced by MCAS scores. We are also proud of our work at the high school and college levels that shows our model prepares students for life after middle school when supported by a strong intervention and support model that's provided by our Graduate Services team. However, we are still pushing hard to ensure our students are prepared for life beyond Excel, both in school and out. Our initiatives have helped many students so far in their pursuit of a postsecondary credential. As we continue to move forward we expect more students to succeed, but we will remain vigilant and on top of what works and what doesn't for our students and alumni.

Financials

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Operations

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Friends of Excel Academy Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Mary Elisabeth Swerz

Community Volunteer

Term: July 2012 -

Mary Swerz*

Community volunteer

Kate Bueker*

Akamai Technologies

Douglas Chope*

Micro Strategy

Tucker Levy*

Associated Early Care & Education

Seth Reynolds*

Parthenon Group

Chris DeLorey

Marsh & McLennan Agency

M. Benjamin Howe

AGC Partners

Mark Taber

Great Hill Partners

Tom Ellis

North Run Capital

Susan Passoni

Founding Board Member

Minnie Joung

Formerly of Fidelity Investments

Matt Ottmer

Biogen Idec, Inc.

John Casais

Jones Day

Juan Rivera

Simon-Kucher

Lauren Kushman

NewSchools Venture Fund

Stephen Mugford

Capital One

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No