Excelsior School is a small, boarding high school that offers a rigorous, college-preparatory education. Our school, a WASC accredited institution, has established an excellent track record of graduates matriculating at distinguished colleges and universities. Our alumni have attended many of the prominent colleges in California and other states, including Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Brown University, Pepperdine University, New York University, and Syracuse University., among others. Our school’s curriculum is designed to develop an awareness of student potential. Commitment to community service and individual responsibility are also strongly emphasized to raise responsible members of the community. An in-depth, enriched curriculum and a growing number of extracurricular activities which allow students to become critical thinkers and productive communicators. A close knit community forms due to the low student to teacher ratio.
The Excelsior School curriculum is varied and challenging, providing a strong college-preparatory program in various fields of study: English, history, mathematics, computer science, science, foreign language, art, performing arts and physical education. Advanced Placement preparation is available in English, History, Math, Science. The Excelsior faculty employs a wide variety of teaching methods. All courses emphasize reading, writing and research skills, and some courses include educational field trips to local museums, theaters and historical sites. The visual and performing arts are an integral part of the Excelsior experience. Each student is required to enroll in at least one full-year studio art course and one music course before graduation, and many students choose to take additional electives in these fields.
The college counseling program is committed to the careful matching of each student with a school that is particularly appropriate for each individual. Excelsior recognizes that each student is unique — that student has his/her own educational and professional goals, academic strengths, financial resources and preference for certain geographical locations. Each student is advised to pursue a course of study that emphasizes his/her particular talents and strengths. SAT prep is provided for all students. Students have to access to teachers and administrators to go over all aspects of the college application process. Help with personal statements is also part of the curriculum for seniors. The school arranges for universities to come visit and talk about their corresponding schools. We arrange visits to universities for interested students as well. Our goal is for all students to attend the college of their choice.
Minimum Credits for Graduation
Recommended for College Bound
Required Semester Credits
Required Semester Credits
4 years of English
3 years of social science
1 year of World History
1 year of United States History
1 semester of American Government
1 semester of Economics
2 years of math
Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 and Geometry
Algebra II/Integrated Math 2 or higher level courses.
2 years college prep laboratory science
Including both biological and physical sciences
1 year of fine arts
2 year foreign language
2 years of physical education
60 units of credit
Student may select elective courses in the following areas: art, business, consumer and homemaking education, English, foreign language, mathematics, music, industrial technology education, physical education, reading, science, and social science.
Pass the high school proficiency examinations
Five semester credits are granted for successfully passing a course one semester. No credit is earned for courses which are repeated if credit has been previously granted or for courses in which an “f” grade is received.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT
University of California
A-F/G Subject Requirements:
a) College Prep English: 4 years
English that includes frequent and regular writing and reading of classic and modern literature. Not more than two semesters of ninth–grade English can be used to meet this requirement.
3 years (4 recommended) (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
c) History / Social Science: 2 years required
Includes one year of U.S. History and one year of World Studies.
*d) Lab Science: 2 years (3 recommended)
CP Integrated Science I, II, and III (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), physiology
e) Language (other than English): 2 years (3 recommended) (Must be the same foreign language)
f) Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year
Students must complete a year-long approved course from a single visual and performing arts subject area (dance, music, visual arts, or drama/theater.)
g) College Preparatory Electives (1 year required)
Additional courses taken in subject requirement a-f above. They are to be chosen from the following subject areas: social science, English, advanced math, laboratory science, foreign language, and visual and performing arts. Also selected elective courses listed on the UC approved list.
SAT I or ACT required
Students must submit test scores for either the SAT 1 or ACT.
* The Science College Requirements must satisfy 1 year life science and 1 year physical science.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT
California State University
Requirements (starting 2003)
Students must complete the following minimum requirements:
a) College Prep English: 4 years
b) Mathematics : 3 years
c) History / Social Science : 2 years required
*d) Lab Science : 2 years
e) Foreign Language : 2 years
f) Visual and Performing Arts : 1 year
g) Elective Course: 1 year
SAT I or ACT required
GPA SAT ACT
UC/CSU-Approved Courses List
a-History / Social Science – 2 years required
Two years of history/social science, including one year of World History, Cultures or Geography; and one year of US History or one-half year of US History and one-half year of American Government/Civics
|b-English – 4 years required|
|Four years of college preparatory English. Students may only use 1 year of ESL/ELD, SDAIE, or Sheltered English.|
|c-Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended|
|Three years of college preparatory mathematics that includes the topics covered in Elementary Algebra/Algebra 1, Geometry and Advanced Algebra/Algebra 2. Approved Integrated Math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement.|
|d-Laboratory Science – 2 years required, 3 years recommended|
|Two years of laboratory science, including two of the three fundamental disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This requirement can also be met by completing the latter two years of a 3-year Integrated Science program.|
|e-Language Other than English – 2 years required, 3 years recommended|
|Two years of the same language other than English.|
|f-Visual & Performing Arts – 1 year required|
|g-Elective – 1 year required|
|One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in “a-f” above. All courses must be listed under “a-f” above with the exception of courses marked with a blue diamond () in Mathematics, Language Other than English, and VPA; plus the following:|
Excelsior School helped me achieve my dreams and get into the university of my choice.
Excelsior School students have been accepted to many acclaimed universities throughout the United States. Below is a list of just some of the schools students from Excelsior have attended.
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- University of California Berkeley
- University of California Irvine
- University of California Los Angeles
- University of California Riverside
- University of California Santa Barbara
- University of Southern California
- University of Colorado
- Cal Poly Pomona
- Pennsylvania State University
- New York University
- Michigan State University
- The Ohio State University
- University of Rochester
- Pepperdine University
The college counseling program is committed to the careful matching of each student with a school that is particularly appropriate for each individual. Excelsior recognizes that each student is unique — that student has his/her own educational and professional goals, academic strengths, financial resources and preference for certain geographical locations. A full-time college counselor directs an intensive counseling program which begins as soon as a student enrolls in the Upper School. Each student is advised to pursue a course of study that emphasizes his/her particular talents and strengths. All sophomores and juniors take the PSAT. SAT I and SAT II tests are taken when appropriate in the sophomore, junior and senior years. During the spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year, students meet in a monthly class with the counselor to go over all aspects of the college application process.
Early in the senior year, there is a college night for senior parents. In the fall, seniors visit colleges, arrange interviews and prepare applications and essays.
Students also have access to extensive computer resources for researching colleges.
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