On November 30, 1994 Excelsior’s petition to start a charter was approved by the Victor Valley Union High School District. The California Department of Education granted charter school status on January 13, 1995. Excelsior has grown since its original founding in 1995 to now include seven resource centers.
Excelsior has been awarded the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award by the California Department of Education and the Certified Charter status by the California Charter Schools Association. In 2009, 2012 and again in 2015, Excelsior was awarded the Bronze Medal as one of “America’s Best High Schools” by U.S. News and World Report. The California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) presented Excelsior with the Challenger and Prospector Awards in 2009 and 2011.
Over the past four years, parent surveys indicated that 99% would recommend the Excelsior program, 99% believe the Excelsior board is acting in their best interest, 98% felt the Excelsior resource centers are a safe environment, and 96% feel a personal connection to the teachers (“facilitator”) and believe Excelsior facilitators want their students to succeed.
Excelsior’s WASC-accredited program and resource centers are currently operating under a single charter, with five resource center locations serving approximately 2,000 students in grades 7-12.