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Excellence Girls Uncommon Charter Elementary School

Grades: K-4
794 Monroe Street
Brooklyn NY 11221
Phone: 718-638-1875

Our Insights

What’s Special

All girls school with strong academics.

The Downside

No recess; long day isn't for everyone.

Excellence Girls Charter School, part of the Uncommon Schools network, was founded in 2008 to help young women defy stereotypes--such as the notion that girls aren't good at math and science.

The school has high academic expectations for its students and teachers agree the school and principal hold high standards for teaching and quality student work, according to school surveys. Order and discipline are maintained and student progress is carefully tracked.

The intense, academically demanding school has an extended school year and a school day that begins at 7:10 a.m. and lasts until 3:50 p.m. Students who are struggling academically stay even later for tutoring and comin in on Saturdays. On Fridays, the school dismisses early at 1:20 p.m., so teachers can meet to to reflect on and improve instruction to meet the individual needs of their scholars, according to the school website. There are also weekly Community Meetings on Fridays from 12:25-12:55 p.m. that all families are encouraged to attend.

The focus at Excellence Girls is on literacy and math, and the school boasts of high test scores to show for it. Students receive over three hours of literacy instruction and 60 minutes of math instruction every day, in addition to science and social studies. Students have no time for recess, but do receive art class four days a week, fitness twice a week, and character education once a week. "Choice time," which includes standard kindergarten and first grade activities like play centers and games, is squeezed in twice a week. Classrooms have a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio for core academic subjects.

The school shares a building with PS 309 George Wibecan School.

Admissions: Lottery, with priority to students who live in District 16 and qualify for free or reduced price lunch. (Annaclaire Diianni-Miller, web reports, July 2013, updated 2017 to reflect princpal change).

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
81% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
36% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
48% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: J Line, Z Line to Gates Ave
Buses: B47, B52, Q24


Nikki Bowen/Meredith Anderson

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 309
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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