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October 2, 2017: Excel Academy Charter School Custodial RFP
September 27, 2017: 2017-2018 National School Lunch Program Public Release
Excel Academy Charter Schools plays a vital role in children’s health by providing free and reduced price meals to students in need. The following U.S. Department of Agriculture Programs are offered: National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Local school officials have adopted the following family size income criteria for determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and will offer meals to students that qualify according to the standards below:
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Twice Per Month
Twice Per Month
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. In addition, all students attending Excel Academy Orient Heights and Excel Academy Chelsea receive free meals as part of the Community Eligibility Provision.
Application forms, with a letter to households, are being distributed to all homes. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Only one application per household is needed. Additional copies are available at the office in each school. The information provided on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.
For school officials to determine eligibility, households must provide the following information listed on the application: the names of everyone in the household, the amount of income each household member currently receives, where it came from, and how often income is received; the signature of an adult household member and the last four digits of that adult’s social security number. If the adult signing the application does not have a social security number, check the “I do not have a social security number” box. For a child who is a member of a Basic Food household or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance unit, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), the household need provide only the child’s name, the Basic Food, TANF, or FDPIR case number, and printed name and signature of an adult member on the application. An adult in the household with a case number may also qualify students also living in the household.
Public School Districts receive student data matched with the Department of Social and Health Services data and automatically qualify children receiving Basic Food and TANF assistance. No application is required. All children living in the household and attending the school are eligible for free meals. If a child was not listed on the eligibility notice, contact the school or district office.
Children certified as homeless by the school McKinney-Vento homeless liaison, designated as migrant by the school migrant coordinator as well as children in Head Start classrooms may be eligible for free meals. Contact the school or district office if more information is needed.
Households that do not want their child(ren) to participate in the free meal program should notify the child(ren)’s school.
Foster children, under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. An application may be submitted. The foster child may be included as a member of the foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits for other children in the family. If you have questions about applying for foster children, contact the school or district office.
Children residing in households participating in Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals and may complete a meal application.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, the designated approving official(s) will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the approving official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request, either orally or in writing, to the fair hearing official, Andrew Solomon, for a hearing on the decision.
The information provided by households is confidential.
Meal benefits from the previous school year apply for the first 30 school days of the new school year or until a new application is submitted. After this time, children must pay full price for meals.
You may apply for meal benefits if you become unemployed or your economic situation changes at any time during the school year.
Contact the school or district office if assistance is needed with application materials in different languages.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
fax: (202) 690-7442; or
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Mail: 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
June 29, 2017: RFP, Excel Academy Charter School Seeking Transportation Vendor
Excel Academy Charter Schools is seeking a transportation vendor to provide daily bussing between Chelsea and East Boston and regular extra-curricular bussing in the Boston area for the 2017-2018 school year. Responses are due no later than 12:00 p.m. July 12, 2017. Interested parties should contact Manager of Network Operations Stevie Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of our Request for Proposal.
Excel Academy Hosts Two Successful Boston Open Wrestling Tournaments
April 28, 2017: Excel Academy Orient Heights Students Recognized at Class Acts
Excel Academy Orient Heights 6th grade students raised nearly $2,000 for the Crossroads Family Center in East Boston. These fundraising efforts to support homeless children and families culminated in a 5K run at Constitution Beach in which the whole school participated. Their hard work and generosity earned them recognition as Channel 7 Class Acts. Click here to see student and staff interviews:
April 27, 2017: Excel Academy Charter High School Students Participate in Above the Clouds
Several Excel Academy Charter High School students learn to fly airplanes through Above the Clouds’ program for students facing adversity. Click here to hear from Kate Martinez, Above the Clouds participant and Excel Academy Charter High School sophomore:
DESE Coordinated Program Review
Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
Owen Stearns, Chief Executive Officer of Excel Academy Charter Schools was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district [or charter school] during the week of May 15th 2017. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.
The Department’s Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, English Language Education, and Civil Rights. After reviewing charter school procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the CEO and board of trustees, with detailed findings for each program.
Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the charter school must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The charter school will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at <http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/>.
Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department’s visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the charter school office at (617) 874-4080 no later than May 12th 2017 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338- 3735. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.
June 25, 2016
Excel Academy Orient Heights English Teacher Curtis Perdue writes in MetroWest Daily News about the positives of the Common Core curricular frameworks in English class.
April 8, 2016: RFP, Excel Academy Charter Schools Seeking Food Vendor
Excel Academy Charter Schools is seeking food vendor(s) to provide USDA guideline compliant and NSLP and NSBP compliant school breakfast and lunch for the 2016-17 school year. Responses are due no later than 12:00 p.m. April 25, 2016. Interested parties should contact Manager of Network Operations Stevie Roberts at email@example.com for a copy of our Request for Proposal.
March 8, 2016
Governor Charlie Baker was on hand at Excel Academy East Boston for the launch of the Latino coalition of Great Schools Massachusetts. Much of the media coverage was done by the Latino media.
February 17, 2016
Yinnette Sano, Director of Postsecondary Support, has written a blog post called “Helping Students Confront Obstacles Beyond Academics” published on the TNTP Blog. View it by clicking here.
November 18, 2015
Excel Academy alumna Kelly Garcia ’07 has an op-ed published on the website MASSter List regarding the campaign to lift the charter school cap in Massachusetts.
November 17, 2015: Excel's Becca Moskowitz Quoted During PARCC Testimony
New Boston Post: Excel Academy English teacher and English department head Becca Moskowitz is quoted while giving testimony before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on November 16, 2016.
October 8, 2015: Excel's CEO Owen Stearns Quoted in Boston Globe Article Regarding Unified Enrollment Proposal
Excel Academy CEO Owen Stearns was quoted in the Boston Globe about a recent proposal by City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to create a unified enrollment system for district public schools and charter schools.
October 5, 2015: Zeke Phillips Featured on Harvard Graduate School of Education Website
Excel Academy Charter High School teacher and 2015 TNTP Fishman Prize awardee Zeke Phillips is featured on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s, his graduate school alma mater, website in “Excelling in the Classroom“
August 28, 2015: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Speaks to Excel Academy 9th Grade Students During Model UN Simulation at State House, Praises Excel Academy and Re-Affirms Support for Charter Schools
July 28, 2015: "Meet the Grandmother of America's Best Charter Schools"
Richard Whitmire of “The Seventy Four” profiles Linda Brown, founder and executive director of Building Excellent Schools and a driving force behind Excel’s many years of success and top performance.
July 22, 2015: "All Charters Are Not Equal: Time to Shut the Worst and Learn From the Best"
Excel mentioned as a charter school to learn from in this piece for “The Seventy Four” by Richard Whitmire.
May 28, 2015: 5th Grade English Teacher Zeke Phillips Awarded TNTP's Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice
May 15, 2015: Excel Academy - East Boston Awarded 2nd Place in 2015 Pozen Prize for Charter Schools
May 5, 2015: Brett Pangburn, 6th Grade English Teacher at Excel Academy - East Boston, named runner-up for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Award
March 19, 2015: Boston Globe Article Highlights Stanford CREDO Research Report Proving Astonishing Learning Gains in Boston Charters
Read “Boston charter schools show striking gains” by Globe reporter Peter Schworm by clicking here to download a copy of the article from the Globe.
March 2015: Excel Academy Featured in National Report by TNTP About Strong Learning Environments Leading to Impressive Student Outcomes
February 2015: Excel Academy Leader Featured on Connecticut College Website
Excel Academy – Chelsea Founding Principal Stephanie Morgan was recently profiled on the website of Connecticut College, her alma mater, talking about her commitment to her students and Excel Academy’s mission: http://www.conncoll.edu/news/news-archive/2015/closing-the-opportunity-gap-for-at-risk-students.htm#.VOI41PnF9xx