About Us

Excel Vision Statement


A Tradition of Excellence

Excel School was founded in 1911. Currently the school enrolls 1170 students in grades 4K-12. The school offers a wide range of curriculum and extracurricular activities for its students. Excel School has a strong tradition of both academic and athletic excellence. This rich tradition continues today inside the classrooms and on the athletic fields. The Excel community plays a vital role in our success. We believe that a quality education not only produces a student that is intellectually prepared for success but also exhibits the traits of a quality citizen. The goal of Excel School is to produce students who are either college or career ready. Upon completion of the 12th grade, students will receive a Standard, Advanced, or Advanced Placement Diploma.

 Marty Hanks is the school Principal and has lead Excel School for the past 3 years.   The school has 2 assistant principals. Lee Anne House serves as assistant principal of the elementary school and Robert Hamilton serves as the high school assistant principal. Also employed at the school is 68 certified teachers, 2 counselors, 1 librarian, 1 reading coach, 2 nurses, 2 secretaries, 1 bookkeeper, and 30 support staff.

New to Excel School this year is the addition of the 4K program. The 4K program currently has 15 students. The program is taught by Autumn Wiggins and assisted by Heather Malone. The primary goal of the 4K program is to prepare students for kindergarten. The program is funded by charging a monthly tuition which takes care of salaries, curriculum, and supplies.

Advanced Placement (AP) is also new for the 2013/2014 school year. During the summer of 2013, Excel School received the A plus College Readiness grant from the State Department of Education. The grant is worth $10,000 and was only awarded to 66 schools in Alabama. The overall purpose of the program is to prepare students for college courses by increasing academic rigor. AP classes begin in 11th grade and are very demanding for both teachers and students. Our AP faculty has spent the past two summers attending classes in preparation for this school year. The AP classes offer two great benefits for students.   First, research strongly suggests that students who are exposed to AP courses score higher on the ACT which leads to a higher probability of students receiving scholarships. Secondly, students can receive college credit for these courses if they receive a qualifying score on the AP exam. Currently Excel School is offering 4 AP classes: Statistics taught by Wes Overton, Biology taught by Charie Hanks, English taught by Randall James, Literature taught by Johanna Manning. Pre AP courses are offered starting in the 7th grade.


In the Elementary department, the curriculum includes Accelerated Reading and Accelerated Math, Title I Reading, and Title I Math. Excel is recognized as an Alabama Reading Initiative School as of 2006. The elementary department is also highly involved with AMSTI (Alabama Math and Science Technology Initiative). Elementary teachers receive intensive training during the Summer and on-going professional development throughout the year on research-based reading and math practices. With the use of this training, Excel is able to offer each student the necessary instruction to be successful in reading and math. Excel has a reading coach, Kathy Averett, who assists with professional development and also collaborates with teachers on interventions for struggling students. Mrs. Averett also studies student data, class data and grade level performance to  share with classroom teachers. Excel School uses a computer based intervention program called SuccessMaker for students needing intervention. K-6 students who are not on grade level in reading and math received daily intervention in the SuccessMaker Lab.  Students report to the lab daily for 30-60 minutes depending on the individual needs of the student. The SuccessMaker Program is research-based and every student works his own pace.  Sandra Seales oversees the computer lab and the implementation of the SuccessMaker program. She monitors student success weekly and reports student gains to classroom teachers and school administration.

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