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.