Student Enrollment


Boston Charter School Application 

The application for the 2018-19 school year is now available online: 

Excel Academy is one of 15 Boston charter schools utilizing a single, unified application for student enrollment.

The Boston Charter School Application allows families to apply for multiple children to several charter schools (if they choose) at once using either a mobile phone, iPad or tablet, or computer. 

The online application was created to ease the process for families to apply to one, or many, charter schools located in and near Boston.  

An Excel Academy Education

Excel Academy is a network of three tuition-free public charter middle schools and one tuition-free public charter high school. Prospective students can apply to grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Students are admitted to Excel through a blind public lottery process. 

Excel Academy was founded to serve the communities of East Boston and Chelsea and work to close the opportunity gap that persists for students in these areas. Most of our current students reside in these two communities. Since our founding, Excel has made significant strides in achieving this goal.

Our middle school education is a successful model that takes students who are performing behind entering grade level and preparing them to be outstanding students ready for high school.

In 2015, we opened the doors to the first high school in our network, Excel Academy Charter High School.  Students admitted to Excel are now guaranteed a college-preparatory education through 12th grade. 

You can find more information about the Boston Charter School Application and enrollment processed in the FAQ section below.

Hear what some of our current families had to say about an Excel Academy education! 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Boston Charter School Application?

    The Boston Charter School Application, launched this year by the Boston Charter Alliance, allows families to apply for multiple children to several charter schools (if they choose) at once using either a mobile phone, iPad or tablet, or computer.

    The online application was created to ease the process for families to apply to one, or many, charter schools located in and near Boston. This new application process was developed with the sole intention of providing families with a simpler, more positive application experience. 

    This application does not in any way impact your odds of admittance to any one school, nor does it impact the way our lotteries are conducted. 

  • What is the School Chooser tool?

    The School Chooser is a tool which allows families to learn more about the 15 charter schools participating in the Boston Charter School Application. This tool will allow you to:

    1. Identify the schools closest to you based on your home address. 
    2. Filter schools by the grade for which you are applying. 
    3. Access links to every school’s official website. 
    4. Apply directly from the School Chooser page with the Apply Now button. 
  • Who can apply to Excel?

    Any child who is a resident of Massachusetts at the time of application and/or enrollment is eligible to apply and attend. Your child must have successfully completed the grade preceding the grade to which he or she apply prior to the start of the school year. This means that any child applying for 5th grade must successfully complete 4th grade before the next school year begins, and so on. 

    Excel Academy Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special needs, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or prior academic achievement.

  • I am not a Boston resident. Am I still able to apply using the Boston Charter School Application?

    Yes. All residents of the state of Massachusetts are eligible to apply. 

  • How do I apply to Excel?

    This year for the first time, Excel Academy is one of 15 charter schools in Boston participating in the Boston Charter School Application. You can access the online application portal via the “Boston Charter School Application Available Here” link at the top of this page. 

    You can apply to Excel with a paper version of the Boston Charter School Application. You may submit an application by mail or in person to any of our Excel Academy campuses. Please visit our Contact Us page for location information. All applications must be received by February 28th, 2018. 

    We strongly encourage families to apply using the online application to ensure your application is received promptly, and that all the information submitted in accurate.

  • Do I need to reapply each year if my child is not offered a seat?

    Yes. Excel’s waitlists do not carry over from one year to the next. You must reapply each year if you are interested in enrolling your child at Excel Academy.

  • When will applications be available?

    Applications are now available! You may apply in any of the following ways: 

    1. Apply online by following the link at the top of this page.
    2. Stop by any of our campuses to pick up/submit a physical application
  • When are applications for the first lottery due?

    All applications must be received by February 28th at 11:59PM.

    Any mailed applications received after this date, even if they are postmarked by or before this date, will not be entered into the first lottery. Please factor in ample delivery time for any mailed applications. 

  • Can I select the campus at which I would like to enroll my child?

    Excel Academy has one application for all four of our schools. While you are able to rank your middle schools campus preferences by first, second, and third, we cannot guarantee you will be offered a seat at your first choice campus. If a student’s first or second choice campus is full when their name is drawn, the student will be offered enrollment at their next most preferred campus where availability exists.

  • My child has a sibling who attends Excel. Do I still need to submit an application?

    Yes. If you have a child currently enrolled at any of our Excel Academy campuses, you must submit an application for any additional children who are eligible to apply. 

    The Boston Charter School Application has a section where families may indicate if the applicant has a sibling currently enrolled at the schools for which they are applying. Please be sure to complete this section so we can appropriately apply sibling preference. All sibling claims will be verified by the school before the lottery. 

  • Am I required to provide proof of residency?

    You must provide proof of residency at the time your child is offered a seat. You do not need to provide proof of residency prior to the lottery. Admission is dependent upon a family’s ability to produce proof of residency. 

    • A Utility Bill dated within the past 60 days
    •  A Deed, Mortgage Payment dated within the past 60 days, or Property Tax Bill dated within the last year
    • A current Lease, Section 8 Agreement, or Landlord Affidavit
    • A W2 form dated within the year or a Payroll Stub dated within the past 60 days
    • A Bank or Credit Card Statement dated within the past 60 days
    • A Letter from an Approved Government Agency* dated within the past 60 days

    Please visit the side link titled “Proof of Residency” to learn more about how to submit proofs of residency. If you have questions about what constitutes proof of residency or feel you are unable to provide this documentation, please contact Lauren Liebhaber, Excel’s Manager of Development and Student Recruitment, at

  • How are students admitted to Excel?

    All students are admitted to Excel through one of two blind, public lotteries. Excel grants enrollment preference first to students whose siblings are currently attending Excel Academy Charter School (regardless of the campus at which the sibling is enrolled) and then to students who reside in Boston or Chelsea regardless of the lottery through which they are selected. As the school runs multiple lotteries each year, this means that a student from Boston or Chelsea whose name is drawn in the second lottery will be placed on the waitlist ahead of a student residing outside of Boston or Chelsea who is selected in the first lottery.

    At the time of the first lottery in March, all students applying for grades 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 will automatically be placed on the waitlist. We automatically generate a waitlist because we will not know the number of open seats in those grades until the end of the academic year when all grades have been finalized. Once we know the number of open seats, we will begin accepting students off the waitlist.

  • What does a lottery look like?

    Excel’s lotteries are all executed electronically using software created by an unaffiliated third party. We run the lotteries one grade level at a time beginning with 5th grade.

    All lotteries are held at our Excel Academy East Boston campus and are open to the public which means you are welcome to attend. 

    Our first lottery will be held on March 9th, 2018. 

  • How long is Excel's waitlist valid?

    If a student withdraws from Excel during the year, we will back fill all open seats at our four campuses by accepting students off the waitlist through February 15th of the current academic year.

  • On average, how many students apply to Excel?

    For the 2017-2018 school year, Excel received over 1,800 applications for all grades across our network. 

  • Can I schedule a tour of Excel before I apply?

    At this time we are unable to accommodate requests for individual tours for prospective families prior to applying.

    Excel invites students who receive an offer of admission for grade 5 through our lottery to visit their assigned campus prior to accepting the seat. The dates of these opportunities will be shared with students in March if they receive an offer of admission. Students in grades 6-10 who receive an offer of admission will be invited to meet with a member of the school administration, observe classes, and visit the facility before accepting.

  • I have questions about the application/I need help with the application process. Who should I contact?

    If you have any questions about the application or lottery process, please contact our student enrollment team at  or by phone at 857.256.2459.