What is a charter school?
A charter school is a public school usually created or organized by a group of teachers, parents and community leaders, or a community-based organization. It is usually sponsored by an existing local public school board or county board of education. Specific goals and operating procedures for the charter school are detailed in an agreement (or “charter”). Charter schools are generally exempt from most laws that apply to regular public schools, so administrators have considerable autonomy in designing an educational program, hiring faculty and staff, using facilities, and developing a budget that meets the needs of their students. In exchange for this increased autonomy, charter schools are held much more strictly accountable than most non-charter public schools. Charter schools must meet all the student performance and operational goals listed in their charter, or their charter may be revoked.
What is the purpose of a charter school?
The purpose of a charter school is to: (1) improve student learning; (2) increase learning opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for those identified as academically low achieving; (3) encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods; (4) create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site; (5) provide parents and students with expanded educational opportunities within the public school system without the constraints of traditional rules and structure; (6) provide schools a way to shift from rule-based to a performance-based system of accountability; and (7) provide competition within the public school system to stimulate improvements in all public schools.
Is EXCEL Academy PCS a part of the Prince George’s County Public School system?
Yes. Charter school law declares that charter schools are under the jurisdiction of the Prince George’s County Public School system.
Does EXCEL Academy PCS require uniforms?
Yes. EXCEL requires uniforms for all grade levels. To learn more about our uniform policy, click here.
Does it cost to for my child to attend EXCEL Academy?
No. As a public charter school, EXCEL is free to all students. However, in order to gain entry, you must participate in a lottery. Visit the PGCPS website for more information on the lottery.
Does EXCEL Academy PCS provide transportation?
No, unfortunately EXCEL Academy does not offer transportation. However, EXCEL does offer before and after care for students. For more information on our extended day program, contact us.