News Room

September 2017

Back to School Evening


September 28th 5pm-8pm is NYC's scheduled Back to School Night for High Schools. Parents your presence is crucial for student success. Please come out to meet your child's teachers, and be informed of their academic expectations for the 2017-18 school year.


City Wide High School Fair


Thank you to all our staff and student volunteers who took the time out of their weekends to represent Excelsior. We are not just a school, we are a learning community.

May 2017


Advanced Placement Exams


Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. When admissions officers see “AP” on your transcript, they know that what you experienced in a particular class has prepared you well for the challenges of college. Taking AP is a sign that you’re up for the most rigorous classes your high school has to offer.

The 2017 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks in May: May 1 through 5 and May 8 through 12. Coordinators are responsible for notifying students when and where to report for the exams.


Springfield Gardens Campus Celebrates College Decision Day


May 1st marks college decision day across NYC DOE. One by one students on the Springfield Gardens Campus dropped off their letters in this makeshift mailbox…symbolically marking their choice of college.

The campus which is home to 4 high schools. George Washington Carver, Queens Preparatory Academy, Preparatory Academy for Writers, and Excelsior Preparatory, sits in what administrators say is a poor neighborhood. Despite that, some 350 students walked in Monday’s procession out of about 400 in the senior class.

“They have a lot of struggles to get to this point and we work with them we support them to make sure that they get to this point, “ said Lilly Lucas, Principal at Excelsior Preparatory High School.

Council Member Donovan Richards joined staff to honor the students. Although the mailing of the letters was strictly symbolic it was a way to celebrate those seniors who are graduating and motivate those younger students in the audience.

“These young people are leaving a legacy for the juniors and the sophomores and the freshmen in their schools who can know that this is possible for them,“ said Phil Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning-NYC Public Schools.

April 2017

IVY League & Top College Night


Select students were invited to attend Queens South's first IVY league and top college night. This event is for the highest performing students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in South East Queens. The students that we are hosting this event for must have no less than an 87-100 average and strong regents scores.

Thus far, Harvard, Yale, Princton, Brown, Barnard, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, Carnegie Melon, N Y U, Macaulay Honors, and the Sophie Davis School of Medicine have committed. This is a great opportunity for our best and brightest to meet the representative from these top schools who will share valuable information on admissions, financial aid, tuition assistance and all of the amazing programs that these schools have to offer.

This event will take place on Thursday April 27th from 5 p m to 8 p m, at Thomas Edison High School. You are welcomed to attend but as we know that our parents are often busy we have scheduled a bus to take our students to the event and back to the school after the event has ended. Your child must return a signed permission slip by tomorrow to attend. If you have any questions please contact Mrs Johnson in the guidance office, at extension 3374.

Congratulations to the Excelsior Family


Excelsior Prep is now ranked on the New York City's Best High Schools: U.S. News And World Report Rankings For 2017.

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 22,000 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded medals and ranked based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

All 76 schools on the list fall within New York State's top 265.