We are a caring, supportive community.
Our students are safe, nurtured, and respected. Classes are small with a student to teacher ratio of 6:1. Families feel a renewed sense of hope and students breathe a sigh of relief as they come to realize the Excelsior experience.
We prepare our students for success in higher education and in careers beyond Excelsior.
Our academic program is comprehensive and rigorous. We advocate lifelong learning and prepare our students for a myriad of life experiences. EA graduates have been admitted to both 2-year and 4-year degree programs at institutions for higher education including: all of the local community colleges, Reedley College, Landmark College, UC San Marcos, University of Arizona, University of California-Berkley, University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego State University, Southern Illinois University, Colorado State University and Texas Christian University.
We offer a transition program.
In addition to a comprehensive academic education, we also offer a Transition Program, Pathway to Independence, where students study a variety of transition and independent living skills including: communication, self care/independent living, motor/mobility skills, functional academics, vocational, social/emotional, and recreation/leisure. There are various opportunities for supported employment and work experience. Students can enroll in either our College Preparatory Program, Pathway to Independence or both.
Character education is an important part of our curriculum and community.
Wherever they travel, Excelsior students have built a reputation within San Diego of being respectful and responsible citizens who demonstrate the teachings of our character education program.
Excelsior staff members are carefully chosen for their bright minds, creative perspectives, and nurturing ways.
EA teachers are credentialed and fulfill all of the state requirements. On a weekly basis, they engage in extensive training of proven methods for understanding, identifying, and addressing learning differences.
Full time support providers
We have full time, on site support providers, including speech therapists, counselors and occupational therapy.
We focus on cultivating the mind, body, and spirit of each child.
Excelsior students achieve new heights physically, academically, and socially as our faculty members address the needs of the total child.
We provide an individualized program, tailored to meet the needs of each student.
Our talented staff members assess, identify, implement, and evaluate a learning approach that best affords each student opportunities for success. It is common for students to make more than one year’s growth in academic areas in which they have struggled in other settings.
Our students become literate, thinking, independent, and productive citizens.
Every Excelsior student undergoes a marked transformation in which they discover their challenges, learn how to compensate for them, understand their strengths, and learn how to benefit from them.
We guide our students into understanding how to advocate for themselves.
At first they develop confidence and improved self-esteem. Then they establish goals, achieve them, and move ahead toward loftier aspirations. These successes and renewed confidence help them to learn the self-advocacy skills embedded in our curriculum.
A sense of belonging
We help students develop a sense of belonging, which may be their first experience at a nurturing learning environment. Our committed staff members develop rapport, create a sense of community, and offer a safe environment in which students can reach greater heights.