The classrooms of Excellence Girls provide students with a combination of joy, rigor, and hard work every day. Students are taught that hard work is a pre-requisite for success. Excellence Girls ensures that all students receive a well-rounded education that will prepare them to succeed in college preparatory high schools and in college. Our rigorous curriculum offers over three hours of literacy instruction and sixty minutes of math instruction every day, in addition to science, social studies, character education, fitness, art, and/or music.
The Excellence Girls program has a strong focus on literacy instruction:
In the early grades, scholars have nearly three hours of reading instruction each day, which includes a systematic decoding program (Reading Mastery), a teacher-designed reading comprehension curriculum, and daily read-alouds.
In the key literacy-building years of K-3rd grade, classrooms are staffed with two teachers, in order to ensure that the student-to-teacher ratio never exceeds 15:1;
Students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes at home each night in K-2nd grades, and for at least 30 minutes each night starting in 3rd grade;
Students write in every class, and use the Writer’s Workshop method to cultivate creativity and voice.
Excellence Girls is committed to ensuring that each and every student receives a rigorous college preparatory education. We have a longer school day (7:10 AM - 3:50 PM) and a longer school year to allow for more learning time. Classrooms have a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio for core academic subjects. We also offer after school tutoring and, in the upper grades, Saturday tutoring, to ensure that all of our students meet our high academic expectations.
Excellence Girls depends upon a staff of smart, committed, and experienced individuals who work tirelessly to achieve outstanding academic results in their classrooms. Our teachers have unapologetically high academic and behavioral expectations for all scholars. Excellence Girls is committed to providing our teachers with a competitive compensation package and the necessary tools to succeed and grow professionally. Every Friday, Excellence Girls dismisses early (at 1:20 PM) so that teachers have ample time each week to reflect on and improve instruction to meet the individual needs of their scholars.
Excellence Girls is a safe and supportive environment for students. The faculty of Excellence Girls is warm and nurturing while holding students to high behavioral expectations. Students take part in Character Education classes that help them develop into responsible citizens and community leaders. Our students follow, and families are expected to support, the school’s Code of Conduct. Students wear uniforms and are expected to uphold the school’s Creed Values: respect, scholarship, love, justice, sisterhood, honesty, courage, and hope.