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11 Fantastic Learning and Extracurricular Activities with Excel Content and Community Providers

Excel Academy is a tuition-free charter school program where students learn core competencies while also pursuing their passions. Families choose which content and community providers they want to receive educational and extracurricular services from, resulting in a “crowdsourced” database of 800-plus (and counting!) top-notch learning resources.

Families receive $2,700 per year in funding for TK-8th grade and $3,200 per year through high school. At least $400 per year must be put toward core classes, leaving a very comfortable budget for all sorts of activities and workshops. Here are 12 of the most popular Excel content and community providers that families allocate part of their funding to:

1. Celeste Haueter

Celeste is a certified teacher with a visible passion for helping children read and write with confidence. Her creative reading program is a great way to fulfill Excel’s core language requirement.

2. Sylvan Learning

One of the most recognized names in tutoring, Sylvan Learning aims to inspire your child to succeed in their most challenging school subjects.

3. A Plus In Home Tutors

Have a professionally qualified tutor come to your home and help your child in virtually any subject. A Plus In Home Tutors are convenient, consistent, and committed to your child’s academic success.

4. Mathnasium

Mathnasium Learning Centers offer customized math tutoring services for students in grades TK-12 to develop math skills through homework lessons & tutorials.

5. Science-2-U

Another core requirement, another fun and engaging program—particularly for elementary students. Science-2-U has been providing online, homeschool science programs for nearly two decades.

6. Beach Cities Krav Maga

Now that we’ve got the core subjects covered, let’s get into the fun stuff—like martial arts. Beach Cities Krav Maga teaches not only the tactics of self-defense, but also the virtue, discipline, and character that make martial arts such a popular extracurricular activity for kids of all ages.

7. Caustics Digital Academy

Is your child interested in computers and games? Caustics Digital Academy can help turn their digital pastimes into impressive skills, from coding to 3D design to photography and beyond.

8. Creative Creatures & Co.

Creative Creatures & Co. is a collaborative where young artists share their creative talents and showcase their work in community workshops, special events, and art shows. The program began with the desire to cultivate an environment for youth to experience growth and inspiration and continues to grow on its inspiring mission.

9. Dunamix Dance Projects

Dunamix is touted as “dancing with integrity” and lives up to that promise with an array of dance classes including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, breakdance, recital, and much more.

10. Firestorm Free Running

At Firestorm Free Running & Acrobatics, students enjoy an array of physical activities—trampoline, martial arts, tumbling, and strength and condition, to name a few—in a safe and inclusive environment. Parents love Firestorm because it allows kids to be active and make new friends. \

11. Urban Workshop

Urban Workshop is a community-centered, membership-based DIY workshop and “maker space.” The space itself is enormous, and the guided classes range from woodworking to metal working and even robotics. 

Explore Excel Content and Community Providers

Each of our content and community providers brings unique value to the Excel Academy experience. Collectively, they enable parents and their students to create specialized yet well-rounded learning curriculums based on the student’s passions, strengths, and preferences. Each family is also connected with an educational specialist to answer any questions they may have and guide them through thecontent and community providers selection process. Learn more about Excel content and community providers here.