Excel Learning Academy is expanding.
By TOSHUA E. PHILLIPS
— Learning doesn’t stop in any season.
With 1322 and 1324 E. 37th St. filled with preschoolers and kindergartners,
The additional space to open June 5 will hold 16 children and go beyond the traditional classrooms by housing computer and laundry rooms and a separate playroom.
The four-year-old academy moved to
“I just love to teach,” said Boards, an MBA graduate from
Tyrone Vertner’s wife, Carlena, heard about Excel through word-of-mouth. Their 6-year-old daughter Natya graduated from the academy last year and now attends Liberty Christian, a private school that also employs A Beka instruction.
Brother Nauteon, 5, isn’t far behind her. He’ll attend
The Vertners have seen advancements in Nauteon behaviorally since his August enrollment.
“He broke out of his shyness,” Tyrone Vertner said. “He’s a lot more outgoing, outspoken.”
That’s not the only change.
“He quickly advanced out of the kindergarten level books to first-grade level,” Vertner said.
Pendleton resident Corey Mitchem is another proud papa.
“I’ve noticed a big difference in
“From what I’ve seen from her peers at our church, she seems to be a bit advanced for a kindergartner.”
Several students are able to test into first grade, despite their young age.
Excel students are grouped by age or academics led by Boards, Ann Wise or Toni Wilson. Daily, the 3- to 6-year-olds count to 100, recite shapes, seasons and opposites, to name a few. The morning begins with a half-hour devotion of Christian, American and Bible allegiances, prayer, faith confession, scripture recital and songs. Regardless of age, children are taught Spanish and social studies during their second semester. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Kids learn by repetition,” Boards said. “Whether they get it or not, we do this every day. If they do this daily, they’ll catch on.
“I’m not a daycare,” she continued. “This is truly a preschool and kindergarten. My motto: Excel in excellence.”
With a student’s fee of $85 a week, Boards added that her school accepts payments from the state’s Child Care and Development Fund that helps low-income families.
“A lot of parents can’t afford to send their children to private schools,” the owner said.
“We don’t leave any kids behind.”
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