Welcome from Our CEO

Owen Stearns Became CEO of Excel Academy in 2013

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the Excel Academy website! We launched this new site in October 2015 with dual goals of better telling our story and connecting more people with our organization.

Excel has been a major part of my life since its inception when I was a member of the founding group that submitted a charter application to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2002.

What began as a small single-site school with 100 6th grade students in a strip mall in East Boston has grown into a four-school network that this year alone is educating 793 5th through 9th graders. By 2019, we will be educating over 1,300 young people from East Boston and Chelsea all the way through 12th grade. Our mission has, and will always be, to prepare them to be successful through college, apply their learning to solve relevant problems, and engage productively in their communities.

We feel good about our ability to fulfill our mission so far. For seven consecutive years, our 8th grade students have been in the top 5 of all public middle school students in Massachusetts — with five of those years at number one. This consistent performance is more than just a statistic — it speaks to the real impact our schools are having on our students’ lives and their communities. Even without a high school of our own (until now!), we have been sending our kids to college through the support of our venerable Graduate Services Department: 65 percent of our college-age alumni are on track to earn a 2- or 4-year degree. Compare this with the fact that nationally fewer than 10 percent of students from low-income families are expected to earn bachelor’s degrees and you can see the impact Excel is having on our students’ trajectories.

I am continually impressed by the dedication and commitment of our talented staff. It is because of the work they do, every single day, that Excel has a story of impact and potential to tell. I am proud of that story and I hope you will continue to help us tell it into the future.

  • To our parents and students: thank you for choosing Excel and for being our community.
  • To our teachers: thank you for going above and beyond every day to ensure each and every one of our students is on a path to future success and fulfillment.
  • To prospective candidates: take a look around and consider joining our team. Excel is a great place to work, full of idealistic, passionate, hard-working educators whose commitment to their craft is unrivaled.
  • To donors and prospective donors: please know how far a gift to Excel Academy will go — we are changing lives here and our track record is unparalleled.

Thank you for your interest in Excel Academy and I hope you will explore our website to learn more about our work.

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Owen Stearns
Chief Executive Officer