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Academics Overview

The mission of Excel Christian Academy is to provide excellence in education in a Christ-centered atmosphere. The vision our school embraces is for every student to be inspired, challenged, and equipped to glorify God with responsible leadership and action in a modern society. The curriculum at Excel Christian Academy is an accelerated program that trains students to meet our mission and vision by creating opportunities for students to maximize their academic, personal, and spiritual growth.

Our elementary school is composed of students in grades K-5 and provides the foundation for our school. Middle School consists of students in grades 6-8. Middle school serves as a transition time for our students growing, maturing, and discovering opportunities to succeed. Our high school nurtures students in grades 9-12 and serves as preparatory grounds to equip our students for college and life. Each level of the school prepares students to be successful at the current level while preparing them for success as they transition to the next level: elementary to middle to high to college.

In the lower elementary (K-2), Excel Christian Academy offers a curriculum that focuses on phonics, cursive writing, and mathematical concepts. In the upper elementary grades (3-5), the curriculum concentrates on the writing process, reading strategies, and mathematical applications. Our middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12) is a college preparatory program focusing on development of academic skills that will prepare every student for a higher learning program.

At Excel Christian Academy, it is our goal to not only meet state standards but to exceed them. We naturally do this in many ways with biblical integration that is incorporated into every subject. Additionally at ECA, all students in K-12th grade are required to read 25 books or 1,000,000 words through a variety of means, genres, and texts. As part of this requirement to read 25 books, each grade level studies a Christian hero of the faith. Please find the complete listing of the Christian heroes on our course offerings.

Additionally, small classes allow for greater student-teacher interaction and mastery of learning skills. All elementary classes are self-contained. In middle school and high school, students rotate based on subject and elective/exploratory. Elective/Exploratory classes are offered at all grade levels kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Exploratory classes for students in 1st -5th grades consist of a rotation we call CAMPS: computer, art, music, physical education, and Spanish. Kindergarten goes to all the same elective courses except for Spanish. Spanish does not begin until 1st grade. Students attend each class for 50 minutes one day per week. Additionally, students visit the library one day each week for story time and to check out books. The library time is 30 minutes once per week.

Exploratory classes for middle school consist of computer, art, physical education, and Spanish. Students rotate each nine weeks so that they can get a more concentrated focus of that skill for an extended period of time. Band is required for sixth grade students at ECA, and in 7th/8th grade students may select between band or chorus.

For high school, the elective courses include the basic ones from the previous grades but they expand to include other electives such as digital technology, psychology, lifetime fitness, teacher cadet, SAT prep, yearbook, mathematics of finance, and advanced instrumental ensemble. A complete elective course offering can be found under high school course offerings.

Excel offers a college-prep high school program with a minimum of 26 units to graduate. Requirements include: 4 units each of English, history, science, mathematics, and Bible; 2 units of foreign language; 1 unit each of physical education/health; and 3 elective units.

College testing begins in the sophomore and junior years with the administration of the PSAT assessment. Students begin taking the SAT/ACT assessments in late fall of their junior year. Excel students start researching colleges during their junior year and will begin the application process the fall of their senior year.