Family Stories

The stories our families tell of how their child’s life is being changed by attending Excel Academy can be profound. Our most recent video features a few parents who want to tell the world how thankful they are that they are able to send their child or children to a great public school like Excel Academy.

Celebrating Excellence: Why Parents Choose Excel Academy

Renee Hibbard and TJ

Renee Hibbard, of Chelsea, adopted her son TJ at the age of four, who lived in seven different foster homes up until that time. TJ, now a 7th grader at Excel Academy – East Boston, attended two different traditional public schools prior to enrolling at Excel. 

Renee has a compelling story to tell and there are many parents who have similarly challenging stories to share. But the common denominator for all of our families is that they appreciate that Excel Academy is providing their children with a high-quality public education that will prepare each of them for the future, including college. Click here to read more about Renee’s emotional story and why she believes Excel is the best school for her son TJ.

Kevin James ’13

Kevin James was the student speaker at the Class of 2013 Excel Academy East Boston Commencement. His story is illustrative of how personalized teaching and attention by Excel’s teachers and staff can change a young person’s trajectory. We invite you to read his speech.

"Every teacher that my children have had made a big and positive impact on them and all the students at Excel Academy Chelsea. The teachers are a huge blessing in the lives of their students in terms of academics and emotional development, and the students have great admiration for them."

Ingrid Garcia Mother of two Excel Academy students

"We were getting ready to move my son into college and packing up the car when one of our neighbors asked what we were doing. When I explained that we were bringing my son to college, he couldn't believe it. He said 'people from Chelsea don't go to college!' He was shocked. That's what Excel did for my son and for our family."

José Rodriguez Father of Excel Academy 9th grader and an Excel alumnus