Who We Are



Excel Academy is authorized under the Charter Schools Act (C.R.S. 22-30.5 et seq.), a law passed in 1993 by the State Legislature. A public charter school operates via a contract, or charter, with the local Board of Education. The charter stipulates the authority and responsibilities given to the charter school’s governing board.   Charter schools operate with some autonomy but like all schools are held accountable for results. At regular intervals during a renewal period, charter schools undergo an external evaluation. Like conventional public schools, charter schools are ultimately responsible to their consumers—the families and students who choose to attend.

Opened in 1995 as a K-6 school with 126 students in a leased, commercial property, Excel Academy has grown to a K-8 school with an enrollment of over 500 students.  Excel is located south of Standley Lake and boasts a state-of-the-art addition for middle school students. Our beautiful facility includes a library, gymnasium, lunchroom, playground, stage, music, and art studios and a spacious maker space.  


Excel Academy is a collaboration of students, educators, and parents who cultivate independent, life-long learners. We promote excellence through a rigorous and engaging curriculum that is delivered in a flexible and appropriate manner for each child.


Excel Academy’s charter was developed on the foundation that children can master a rigorous curriculum and become increasingly self-directed learners when instruction is delivered in a variety of modalities. Students have different learning styles and are best supported through a variety of teaching strategies. Social and emotional learning are important hallmarks of a whole-child approach to education.  We are a community of learners who value education, integrity, and respect for self and others.

Our learning environment delivers the Core Knowledge curriculum through a rich variety of strategies and experiences. Teaching is process-centered and based on the concept that knowledge is interrelated. Smaller class sizes and differentiated instruction create an ideal environment for students along the entire learning continuum, but we have found it is particularly conducive to gifted, talented, and advanced students.  We also focus on “learning how to learn,” which helps develop successful life-long learners.  Numerous field studies and enrichment activities augment the underlying comprehensive curriculum.  Students, staff, and parents work as collaborative partners in creating challenging and engaging learning opportunities to ensure each child achieves his/her highest potential.

The following are some of the elements that define Excel Academy’s unique approach to its mission:

  • Rigorous academics in Kindergarten through 8th   grade
  • Core Knowledge curriculum
  • EnVisions math program 
  • Hands-on history and science learning
  • Field study opportunities across grades throughout the year
  • Flexible grouping to meet students’ needs
  • Project-based/hands-on learning
  • Smaller than average class sizes.
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