Excel Academy Charter School

Summary:

Excel Academy Charter School is a public charter elementary school serving 478 students in grades K-8 in Arvada, Colorado. The school is part of the Jefferson County School District No. R-1, which is ranked 35 out of 115 school districts in Colorado and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Excel Academy stands out from the surrounding schools in several key ways. The school has a significantly higher percentage of white students (80.96%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 65-87% white students. Excel Academy also outperforms the district and state in several test score metrics, including 5th and 8th grade science, English Language Arts, and 3rd grade math. For example, 68.2% of 3rd graders at Excel Academy scored proficient or better in ELA, compared to 48.2% for the district and 39.9% for the state. Additionally, Excel Academy has a lower percentage of free/reduced lunch recipients (14.02%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 16-54%. However, the school also has a higher student-teacher ratio (19.1) than the nearby schools, which range from 12.8 to 18.2.

Overall, Excel Academy Charter School appears to be a high-performing school that is exceeding district and state averages in several academic areas. The school's unique demographic and resource allocation characteristics, such as its racial makeup and free/reduced lunch rates, may contribute to its strong test scores. Parents interested in a rigorous, high-quality education for their children may want to further explore Excel Academy Charter School as an option.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-8

 11500 W. 84th Ave
       Arvada, CO  80005-5272


(303) 467-2295

District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1

SchoolDigger Rank:
219th of 935 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,140 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  19.1 Help
Number of students:  478

Racial breakdown:

White:
81.0%
Hispanic:
11.9%
Two or more races:
4.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14% Help


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Compare Details Excel Academy Charter School ranks better than 76.6% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 32nd among 85 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 73.43. (See more...)
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Compare Details Excel Academy Charter School ranks better than 78% of middle schools in Colorado. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 73.26. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (81%), Hispanic (11.9%), two or more races (4.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 14% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Excel Academy Charter School is 19.1. 78 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Excel Academy Charter School is $10,140. 82 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Excel Academy Charter School:

SchoolDigger ranks Excel Academy Charter School 219th of 935 Colorado public elementary schools. (See Excel Academy Charter School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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SchoolDigger ranks Excel Academy Charter School 106th of 481 Colorado public middle schools. (See Excel Academy Charter School in the ranking list.)

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Jefferson County School District No. R-1:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County School District No. R-1 35th of 115 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Excel Academy Charter School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Excel Academy Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 68.23 264th 808 67.3%
2005 57.62 382nd 823 53.6%
2006 62.16 352nd 829 57.5%
2007 55.12 429th 852 49.6%
2008 57.33 402nd 849 52.7%
2009 44.73 532nd 872 39.0%
2010 53.29 479th 925 48.2%
2011 66.05 330th 935 64.7%
2012 73.70 231st 935 75.3%
2013 80.43 160th 954 83.2%
2014 69.65 273rd 962 71.6%
2015 60.34 327th 938 65.1%
2016 60.32 319th 914 65.1%
2017 45.32 451st 929 51.5%
2018 72.67 218th 917 76.2%
2019 76.16 198th 965 79.5%
2021 60.81 306th 710 56.9%
2022 67.88 272nd 921 70.5%
2023 73.43 219th 933 76.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Excel Academy Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.03 212th 690 69.3%
2019 66.92 217th 758 71.4%
2021 52.76 205th 351 41.6%
2022 62.77 209th 595 64.9%
2023 61.64 226th 642 64.8%
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Rank History for elementary school Gifted and Talented students at Excel Academy Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.85 58th 84 31.0%
2019 34.35 94th 110 14.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Excel Academy Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.26 186th 693 73.2%
2019 79.98 125th 764 83.6%
2021 71.32 117th 352 66.8%
2022 71.86 156th 594 73.7%
2023 74.23 147th 649 77.3%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Excel Academy Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 54.40 257th 596 56.9%
2022 50.83 230th 454 49.3%
2023 63.09 184th 525 65.0%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Rank History for all middle school students at Excel Academy Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 73.82 79th 336 76.5%
2005 61.68 134th 340 60.6%
2006 55.19 155th 346 55.2%
2007 47.64 203rd 360 43.6%
2008 43.00 224th 362 38.1%
2009 45.98 228th 377 39.5%
2010 57.86 175th 409 57.2%
2011 68.38 129th 422 69.4%
2012 63.89 154th 425 63.8%
2013 73.14 109th 454 76.0%
2014 74.83 101st 461 78.1%
2015 65.70 112th 436 74.3%
2016 55.72 153rd 400 61.8%
2017 39.02 237th 424 44.1%
2018 69.58 102nd 418 75.6%
2019 69.53 115th 458 74.9%
2021 76.84 72nd 369 80.5%
2022 74.98 92nd 448 79.5%
2023 73.26 106th 480 77.9%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Excel Academy Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 67.50 81st 315 74.3%
2019 69.56 92nd 352 73.9%
2021 71.06 58th 254 77.2%
2022 57.54 122nd 326 62.6%
2023 65.11 112th 363 69.1%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Excel Academy Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.72 76th 317 76.0%
2019 83.92 45th 343 86.9%
2021 70.74 57th 249 77.1%
2022 71.19 76th 328 76.8%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Excel Academy Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 49.73 132nd 283 53.4%
2021 72.72 43rd 203 78.8%
2022 58.19 100th 265 62.3%
2023 58.14 107th 286 62.6%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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by a parent
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Open Quote I have an elementary school child who attends Excel Academy, and we have had a phenomenal experience in the two years we have been here. The new focus on explorations has made learning very engaging. Teachers are phenomenal! The PTO sponsors great community events. While some parents have complained about recent changes, my perspective is that all of these have been much needed and have made the school even better! I would definitely recommend this school. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Open Quote We loved this school years ago. Administration changes and its really gone down hill. The way many of the kids get treated in this school is ridiculous. There is so much bullying that goes on in this school and the principal has turned it in to a really unhealthy environment with so much animosity that I would highly recommend NOT going to this school. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, May 30, 2011

Open Quote Excel is a great school with wonderful teachers. Students leave more than ready for High School. Close Quote


by a student
Monday, October 12, 2009

Open Quote I Attended Excel Academy from 2005-2009 which then I graduated. I loved this school in 5th grade because I was in a "higher math class" then the grade I was actually in. The teachers were great and they were well trained. In 2006 when the administration changed everything went down the drain. Many of their best teachers either moved or their contracts "EXPIRED". Many of whoam were my favorite teachers that made me actually like school. This school became less of a challenge as the years passed by because you could not "fail". I mean this literaly, you could not fail, their grading system prevented this. The only sure way you could fail is if your the parent made the child repeat a grade, which I am sure no parent would want unless absolutely nessesary. This year my favorite middle school teacher is leaving making any connection I have with this...bad memory lost. I laugh at the thought of ever returning in this building. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Excel Academy Charter School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 115 2 2 6 1 n/a n/a 0 126
1996 115 2 2 6 1 n/a n/a 0 126
1997 123 1 2 1 1 n/a n/a 0 128
1998 133 0 2 1 2 n/a n/a 0 138
1999 103 0 2 3 2 n/a n/a 0 110
2000 113 0 2 9 2 n/a n/a 0 126
2001 106 0 3 11 0 n/a n/a 0 120
2002 131 1 3 11 2 n/a n/a 0 148
2003 131 1 3 11 2 n/a n/a 0 148
2004 151 4 6 19 3 n/a n/a 0 183
2005 305 10 7 37 4 n/a n/a 0 363
2006 364 9 10 49 5 n/a n/a 0 437
2007 376 10 9 44 1 n/a n/a 0 440
2008 691 17 13 56 6 n/a n/a 0 783
2009 396 12 8 36 5 n/a n/a 0 457
2010 401 9 7 28 4 n/a n/a 0 449
2011 378 7 8 66 1 1 20 0 481
2012 412 4 8 59 1 1 25 0 510
2013 412 3 10 69 0 1 25 0 520
2014 407 2 14 69 0 1 24 0 517
2015 399 2 12 73 0 1 31 0 518
2016 406 3 15 70 1 2 20 0 517
2017 412 6 16 64 1 2 18 0 519
2018 400 6 15 77 1 1 18 0 518
2019 406 3 13 64 0 1 17 0 504
2020 412 7 10 62 0 1 24 0 516
2021 416 5 11 69 0 2 26 0 529
2022 411 5 8 60 0 0 22 0 506
2023 387 3 9 57 1 0 21 0 478

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Excel Academy Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 126 6.8 18.4 6.3
1996 126 6.8 18.4 6.3
1997 128 6.0 21.3 2.3
1998 138 9.2 15.0 1.4
1999 110 11.1 9.9 3.6
2000 126 10.0 12.6 9.5
2001 120 8.3 14.5 5
2002 148 11.0 13.5 16.2
2003 148 11.0 13.5 16.2
2004 183 14.0 13.1 18.6
2005 363 22.1 16.4 17.6
2006 437 28.2 15.5 20.4
2007 440 30.1 14.6 23.6
2008 783 43.9 17.8 12.9
2009 457 27.0 16.9 15.3
2010 449 29.6 15.1 16.3
2011 481 29.2 16.4 15.8
2012 510 29.2 17.4 17.6
2013 520 25.2 20.6 15.8
2014 517 25.6 20.1 18.2
2015 518 30.0 17.2 16.6
2016 517 28.0 18.4 16.4
2017 519 29.3 17.7 18.5
2018 518 29.3 17.6 16
2019 504 29.3 17.1 10.7
2020 516 31.4 16.4 11
2021 529 31.0 17.0 11.2
2022 506 30.4 16.6 12.6
2023 478 24.9 19.1 14

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Excel Academy Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 126 6.8 18.4 6.3
1996 126 6.8 18.4 6.3
1997 128 6.0 21.3 2.3
1998 138 9.2 15.0 1.4
1999 110 11.1 9.9 3.6
2000 126 10.0 12.6 9.5
2001 120 8.3 14.5 5
2002 148 11.0 13.5 16.2
2003 148 11.0 13.5 16.2
2004 183 14.0 13.1 18.6
2005 363 22.1 16.4 17.6
2006 437 28.2 15.5 20.4
2007 440 30.1 14.6 23.6
2008 783 43.9 17.8 12.9
2009 457 27.0 16.9 15.3
2010 449 29.6 15.1 16.3
2011 481 29.2 16.4 15.8
2012 510 29.2 17.4 17.6
2013 520 25.2 20.6 15.8
2014 517 25.6 20.1 18.2
2015 518 30.0 17.2 16.6
2016 517 28.0 18.4 16.4
2017 519 29.3 17.7 18.5
2018 518 29.3 17.6 16
2019 504 29.3 17.1 10.7
2020 516 31.4 16.4 11
2021 529 31.0 17.0 11.2
2022 506 30.4 16.6 12.6
2023 478 24.9 19.1 14

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Excel Academy Charter School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $8,300
2020 $8,460
2021 $8,411
2022 $9,052
2023 $10,140

Data source: Colorado Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 198th of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 219th of 933 Elementary schools
 3%
Ranks 115th of 458 Middle schoolsRanks 106th of 480 Middle schools
 3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Excel Academy Charter School)62.768.2
 5.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)46.348.2
 1.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.339.9
 1.4%
3rd Grade Math (Excel Academy Charter School)66.779.5
 12.8%
   3rd Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)45.748.1
 2.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4140.4
 0.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Excel Academy Charter School)69.455.6
 13.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)5653.5
 2.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)4843.8
 4.2%
4th Grade Math (Excel Academy Charter School)37.544.4
 6.9%
   4th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)38.539.9
 1.4%
   4th Grade Math (Colorado)33.632.7
 0.9%
5th Grade Science (Excel Academy Charter School)50.950
 0.9%
   5th Grade Science (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)41.641.6
   5th Grade Science (Colorado)35.933.9
 2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Excel Academy Charter School)54.753.2
 1.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)53.655.6
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.447.8
 0.6%
5th Grade Math (Excel Academy Charter School)50.943.8
 7.1%
   5th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.441.7
 2.3%
   5th Grade Math (Colorado)35.736.5
 0.8%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Excel Academy Charter School)7064.7
 5.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)51.549.3
 2.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)43.643.4
 0.2%
6th Grade Math (Excel Academy Charter School)3528.8
 6.2%
   6th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)3532.2
 2.8%
   6th Grade Math (Colorado)29.528.2
 1.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Excel Academy Charter School)6661.9
 4.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)51.949.6
 2.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)46.545
 1.5%
7th Grade Math (Excel Academy Charter School)42.640
 2.6%
   7th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)38.630.9
 7.7%
   7th Grade Math (Colorado)31.626.3
 5.3%
8th Grade Science (Excel Academy Charter School)4057.4
 17.4%
   8th Grade Science (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)38.137.1
 1%
   8th Grade Science (Colorado)31.531.3
 0.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Excel Academy Charter School)53.353.1
 0.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)50.748.5
 2.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)46.942.4
 4.5%
8th Grade Math (Excel Academy Charter School)37.844.7
 6.9%
   8th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)42.139
 3.1%
   8th Grade Math (Colorado)36.932.7
 4.2%
All Grades English Language Arts (Excel Academy Charter School)63.459.2
 4.2%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)51.750.8
 0.9%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.7
 2.1%
All Grades Math (Excel Academy Charter School)44.546.3
 1.8%
   All Grades Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.838.7
 1.1%
   All Grades Math (Colorado)34.732.9
 1.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students504478
 5.2%
African American33
American Indian01
Asian139
 30.8%
Hispanic6457
 10.9%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White406387
 4.7%
Two or More Races1721
 23.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients10.7%14%
 3.3%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 478 students attended Excel Academy Charter School.

Students at Excel Academy Charter School are 81% White, 12% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Excel Academy Charter School ranks 219th of 935 Colorado elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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