Enrollment FAQs

  • 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
  • How will I know if my child has been accepted?

    Excel Academy will hosts a public lottery, the date will be shared in advance. Waitlist numbers and admission status will be communicated to families through the SchoolMint notification system. After the lottery is complete.

    We will make offers to families from the waitlist as seats become available. Families will receive a letter in the mail and an email or text when an offer is made to their student.

  • What if my phone number or address changes between the time I submitted my application and February 15th?

    In order to ensure families receive all communications from Excel Academy, it is the families’ responsibility to contact Excel Academy about any changes in contact information. Any changes to contact information should be sent to enrollment@excelacademy.org.

  • If one of my children is accepted, and I have another child on the waitlist, will they be given sibling preference?

    Yes, but this does NOT mean that the sibling will automatically be admitted. Once a student has accepted their offer at one of our schools, that student’s siblings on the waitlist move to the top of the waitlist for their grade, behind any other siblings currently waiting for admission with a lower lottery number.

    Sibling preference applies across all Excel Academy Charter School campuses. Additional students who did not apply during the lottery will not be added to the waitlist after their sibling is admitted to Excel Academy.

  • What do I do if my child has been accepted?

    If your student is offered a seat through the lottery or off the waitlist, you must respond to the offer in writing and submit a valid proof of residency within 10 business days of the initial offer. Offers can be accepted in writing through SchoolMint or by emailing enrollment@excelacademy.org.

  • Are students provided with transportation to and from school?

    Middle School Campuses (Chelsea, East Boston, Orient Heights)

    Chelsea Residents:

    Excel Academy provides private bussing to students residing in Chelsea who attend one of our middle school locations in East Boston. Students residing in Chelsea attending Excel High School may be eligible for an MBTA pass. Transportation is not provided to students residing in Chelsea who attend Excel Academy Chelsea.

    Boston Residents:

     Boston Public Schools provides busing to students in grade 5 residing in Boston who live more than 1 mile from the school and attend an Excel campus in East Boston. Students in grades 6-8 residing in Boston who live more than 1.5 miles from the school and attend an Excel campus in East Boston are provided with an MBTA pass.

    High School Campus

    Any student living more than 2.0 miles from the school will receive an MBTA student pass that will allow them to take public transportation free of charge. Upper-class students will also support new students in walking/taking transportation to school.

  • What are your school hours?

    For all middle school campuses, the typical school day is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. For Excel Academy Charter High School, the typical school day is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. There are exceptions to this schedule which will be indicated in the school’s published calendar.

    Please click here to see a sample school day.

    Please note that these hours are subject to change due to COVID-19.

  • My child has an IEP. Will Excel Academy accommodate them?

    Excel does not discriminate against students with disabilities in its admissions process, and each and every student who enters its doors receives a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Students at Excel are educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) in an inclusive classroom to the maximum extent possible. Research shows that students with disabilities receive a better education when they are learning alongside their general education peers in an inclusive setting.

    Students with disabilities who qualify for services may receive either an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 Accommodation Plan (504 Plan). These plans are developed as the laws direct: by a team composed of the student’s teachers, Learning Specialist, service providers, if applicable (e.g., counselor, occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist), and the parent(s)/guardian(s). Collaboration and communication between all team members is ongoing and crucial in helping students meet their academic potential. At Excel, we believe that parents are invaluable partners in the education process and that all educators have a responsibility to ensure that the educational needs of all students are met.

    Each and every student at Excel Academy is held to the highest expectations based upon the child’s abilities. Students with IEPs are provided with individualized instruction to meet each student’s individual needs according to their educational plan. They may receive additional in-class support, out-of-class support, accommodations, and/or modifications as decided by the student’s IEP team to enable them to reach their full potential. Students with 504 plans are provided with accommodations and/or services necessary for them to make appropriate progress in the general education curriculum.

    If you have questions about your student’s specific needs, please contact enrollment@excelacademy.org and we will connect you to the appropriate resource. You can also view the “Right to Attend” notice, outlining your rights.