Get to Know Excelsior

Educational Model

Excelsior Academy presents a broad, classical education by basing its teachings around the Core Knowledge Sequence.

In each grade, students are exposed to a broad range of historical, scientific, and cultural topics that build on one another to prepare students for later educational success. 

The scope of knowledge comprises what a culturally literate individual should know at each grade level.

Our Curriculum

And the way we present it!

Excelsior Academy uses Classical Education, Core Knowledge and Direct Instruction to create the foundation for our educational model:

Leveled Learning.

Your student will not be bored in class!

We use ability grouping in Reading, Math, and Spelling; Leveled Learning enables students to be taught at their challenge level. Students are assessed regularly to ensure proper level placement.  

Excelsior Academy is academically rigorous! If your student is ahead or a quick learner, we can accommodate that! Your student will also not be lost in class; if they are struggling, we use Leveled Learning to teach them at their challenge level.

Classroom Style.

CHAMPS – Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation, Success

Excelsior Academy also uses the CHAMPS behavior management program. This program is used school-wide to allow a consistent, positive and proactive approach in our classrooms.

Our teachers want their students to be orderly, responsive, engaged, and motivated.

  • Improve classroom behavior (on-task, work completion, cooperation)
  • Establish clear classroom behavior expectations with logical and fair responses to misbehavior
  • Motivate students to put forth their best efforts (perseverance, pride in work)
  • Reduce misbehavior (disruptions, disrespect, non-compliance)
  • Increase academic engagement, resulting in improved test scores
  • Spend less time disciplining students and more time teaching them
  • Teach students to behave respectfully and to value diversity, thereby reducing cultural differences that may manifest as misbehavior
  • Feel empowered and happy to be in the classroom
  • Develop a common language about behaviors among all staff
  • Create a plan for orienting and supporting new staff
  • Reduce staff burnout

A big part of academic success is organization. 

We help parents to be part of the educational process with teachers.

Every student uses a docket in elementary and a keeper in middle school to keep classwork and homework in one location.

Weekly learning plans are another organizational tool used in elementary, and learning planners in middle school, to involve parents in knowing what is happening in their student's classroom.

The elementary learning plan shows daily lessons, student behavior and communication from the teacher.