ABC 24 Cool School: The Excellence Academy

ABC 24 Cool School: The Excellence Academy

The Excellence Academy in Raleigh may be small with only 30 students, but it’s making a major impact in the community.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The Excellence Academy in Raleigh may be small with only 30 students, but it’s making a major impact in the community.

Each morning at the Excellence Academy, the kids begin the day reciting positive affirmations. The thought behind it is to foster a belief in success.

"I think one of the things that makes us really cool and unique is our curriculum. It’s very rigorous. We have high expectations for our students," said Executive Director Natalie Williams.

The Raleigh private school is home to only 30 students K through 8th grade. However, both students and teachers see that as a good thing.

"I get to know my students, so I know how they learn, so that’s important to me too," said teacher Athenia Peterson. "I can fit my lesson plans to how each student is able to take in certain information."

Student Jaden Graves loves it "because there’s a lot of one-on-one teaching going on and a lot of interactions with the teacher."

Graves is not only a class leader, he’s the school’s only 8th grader. He takes pride in setting an example for the younger kids.

"When the little children have a problem, they come to you, everyone kind of looks up to you. It’s a nice responsibility to have," he said.

The Excellence Academy has a clear mission: to see their young students eventually make their way to college.

From technology to foreign languages, students are pushed to be their very best. Students also love the family atmosphere.

"The cool thing about this school is that everyone gets along and all the students are your friends," said student Makhyla Sudduth.

Sudduth is one of the brightest of the bright. She is learning both French and Japanese.

"If I ever take a trip to Asia or in that area I would be able to communicate with the people there and I would be able to understand what they’re saying," she said.

It’s clear to see that despite the school’s size, big things are happening at the Excellence Academy - and it’s no doubt a very cool school.


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