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A Decade of Service

This month marks Ashanti Brooks’ 10th year as an employee at the Excel Academy of Roseland, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network. As a member of the school’s founding team, Brooks has witnessed Excel Roseland’s growth and impact on students. Her role and reach as school clerk extends far beyond the school day. A familiar face known by students and staff, Brooks says the impact she makes on young people keeps her motivated year after year. It also keeps her answering texts from students after hours and ensuring she is a continuous source of support. A decade [...]

A Decade of Service2022-09-22T12:52:06-04:00

Excel Academy South Shore hosts Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS leaders for back-to-school press conference

The first day of the 2022-23 school year had all eyes on the Excel Academy of South Shore, as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot selected the school, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, as the location for the city’s back-to-school press conference. Members of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) executive leadership team including CEO Pedro Martinez and CEdO Bogdana Chkoumbova also participated in the press conference. Excel Academy South Shore Executive Director Dr. Anthony Haley kicked off the event with a warm welcome and introduction of the mayor. The visit to Excel was one stop on Lightfoot and CPS’ [...]

Excel Academy South Shore hosts Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS leaders for back-to-school press conference2022-09-16T11:46:58-04:00

Sierra School of Solano County Moves to Facility in Fairfield, California

New centrally located campus offers students additional WorkAbility opportunities FAIRFIELD, Calif., Sept. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a premier provider of education services for K-12 students who require additional educational and positive behavioral supports to overcome challenges that impede success in a traditional school setting, today announced its Sierra School of Solano County is now open in a new location in Fairfield (1745 Enterprise Dr.). Programming at Sierra School of Solano County is designed to meet the unique academic and social-emotional learning needs of each individual student. Sierra School of Solano County is a California Department of [...]

Sierra School of Solano County Moves to Facility in Fairfield, California2022-09-09T14:59:52-04:00

I’m a teacher, but I was also “that student”

A teacher’s background – as someone who struggled in school – deepens her connection with alternative education students By KARYN L. DRISCOLL, English 4 Teacher, Excel Academy South | September 5, 2022 - This fall, I will return to the classroom for my second year teaching English at Philadelphia’s Excel Academy South, an accelerated high school experience for students seeking a smaller, more personal setting, intensely focused on elevating social skills, emotional wellness, and academic success. My colleagues and I are committed to helping students succeed by developing meaningful relationships with each of them, therefore understanding their individual needs, challenges, and strengths. When students feel safe and valued, they become empowered to take charge of [...]

I’m a teacher, but I was also “that student”2022-09-07T13:12:02-04:00

Student Spotlight – Bob

Bob has been attending Sierra School of Gilbert since August 2021 in the high school Community-Based Instruction classroom. The model for students in this classroom includes academic instruction and vocational training with on-site and off-site job sampling multiple times throughout the week. Through Bob’s participation in this program, he has gained part-time employment at Social Spin outside of school hours. Social Spin has been a long-term community partner where students visit weekly to practice and generalize job skills. We are so proud of Bob and this wonderful opportunity for paid employment. Social Spin has been a long-term [...]

Student Spotlight – Bob2022-08-30T12:21:06-04:00

Recent Graduate Helping Prevent Gun Violence

Below is a news story about our recent graduate, Wayne, working with his church to help prevent gun violence in the city!"In the shadow of darkness illuminated by flashlights, 37-year-old Pastor G. Lamar Stewart organizes faith leaders and volunteers to walk through Philadelphia neighborhoods plagued by gun violence. The number of gun violence victims in that city increased more than 50% from 2019 to 2020. In 2021, Philadelphia had more than 2,300 shooting victims. This year, that number is already above 1,000..." Read News Story Learn more about our school today.

Recent Graduate Helping Prevent Gun Violence2022-07-29T12:30:50-04:00

May Day in the Park for Philadelphia Students

Staff and students from several Specialized Education Services, Inc.(SESI) schools in Philadelphia didn’t let the date deter them from celebrating May Day on June 3. The annual event, held in the Lemon Hill Picnic Area of Fairmount Park, brought together students from the Achieve Academies of Philadelphia, Excel Academy North, Excel Middle Years Academy, and Stetson Academy. May Day started in 2013 as a one-school event and grew into the multi-school celebration it is today. Held a little later this year due to park availability, the event served as a large-scale end of the year celebration. May Day provides students [...]

May Day in the Park for Philadelphia Students2022-07-19T10:09:57-04:00