What Excellence Academy is all about
The scholars at Excellence Academy are all have one thing in common: they have a love for the performing arts. While they learn their core subjects like all other middle school students, Excellence provides them an opportunity to pursue their passion in the arts.
Costume and Design students Start with the basics
Costume and Design for the performing arts starts with the basics of how to thread a need, layout a pattern and use a sewing machine. The Design students make the costumes for all school productions. Who said learning isn’t fun!
Excellence Scholars Travel the USA and learn
Each year the scholars at Excellence Academy travel to a portion portion of the United States in two groups. About 200 scholars travel to areas within 500 miles of the school. A smaller group called “Time Travelers” travel the entire United States (Including Alaska and Hawaii). Their travels prepare them for the world they will see beyond high school and college. Travel is a part of the Excellence Academy experience.
Theater is the core of Excellence’s Performing Arts Program
Each year the Excellence Drama department plunges into the annual African-American Heritage Drama held at the Civic Center. The student based drama involves nearly 100 actors, dancers and performers from across the city. At the heart of it all is the Excellence drama department. In 35 days of rehearsal the Excellence Team gives students the big stage feel when the walk on the Civic Center Stage in February
Celebrities and officials often visit Excellence
Many elected officials including senators, congressmen, and city officials visit Excellence regularly. National businessman Stedman Graham spent a day with our students and songwriter and philanthropist Caroline Jones serenaded the scholars as she traveled the company on the Live Sonima Tour in 2014. She later talked with them about the importance of the arts.
Excellence Wall of Pride changes each week
Every week Scholars at Excellence Academy compete for high placement on the wall of pride. Managed by the Student Council, the wall of pride salutes students who obey the rules and perform in an “excellent” manner. The top 24 scholars get perks such as free concessions, field trip privileges, and bragging rights. Any student can make the cut by obeying the rules and performing in an excellent manner. On Sunday evenings the Student Council tallies the points and changes each scholar’s picture on the wall of pride.
Time Travelers-See the USA
The Excellence Time Travelers make U.S. history live by providing travel opportunities to Excellence Students each summer. Partnered with Troop 65’s Venturers and Scouts, the Time Travelers spend 9 to 15 days each summer visiting historic sites. This unique blend of scouting, venturing and education has been featured in the International Scouting Magazine. In addition to the Time Travelers, the entire school spends four days at the end of the school year traveling to historic destinations across the state and region. These intrastate learn/fun educational tours do not require any student fees or fundraising, it’s a part of the Excellence out-of-class learning model.