Educational Institutions

Friends of Excel Academy Inc.

aka Excel Academy Charter Schools

East Boston, MA


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.

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Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Owen Stearns

Main Address

2 Neptune Road, #148

East Boston, MA 02128 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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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.

There are several metrics that guide our work daily and annually:

1) Low student attrition rates
2) High performance on both interim assessments and state exams
3) Matriculation to Excel Academy Charter High School
4) High School graduation rates
5) College matriculation rates
6) College completion rates

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.

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