Excelsior School

1539 E. Howard St.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Tel: 626-398-2388
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School is located in a historical 17-acre park like campus complete with cafeteria, library, and dormitory facilities.
  • Excelsior School is a WASC accredited, independent high school that offers a rigorous, college-preparatory education; our school has established an excellent record of accomplishment of graduates matriculating at distinguished colleges and universities.
  • We stress small class sizes (an average of 15), and individualized attention, to facilitate mastery in all the courses we offer.

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Excelsior SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19861910
Campus Size17 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment110 students300 students
% Students of Color
80%
20%
% International Students
70%
20%
% Students Boarding
85%
67%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size18 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:121:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1117
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
60%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$31,200$54,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$13,500$30,000
Tuition international students$36,500$48,100
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
75%
55%
Director of AdmissionsTimothy Lee

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1117
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Government and Politics, AP Human Geography, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered615
SportsBadminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations824
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Basketball Club, Choir, Drama Club, Key, Model, Newspaper, Speech, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 201210 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of California -- Irvine10
University of Califronia -- Davis5
University of California -- Riverside4
Cal Poly Pomoa1
California State University - Fullerton1
California State University - Long Beach1
Georgia Institute of Technology1
Syracuse University1
Syracuse University1
University of Southern California1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • In addition to Excelsior`s small class room sizes, there are a number of factors that contribute to an environment of academic excellence. We employ an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Reading and writing skills, for example, are taught not only in English classes, but also in science and history as well. Likewise, math concepts are covered in science, economics and other courses where applicable. In addition, SAT / ACT preparation is covered within the framework of regular high school English, math, and science classes.
  • Monitored homework assistance and test preparation available four days per week.
  • A beautiful secure campus with indoor and outdoor dining facilities.
  • A culturally diverse student body with students from many countries throughout the world.
  • Merit scholarships are available.
  • Affordable tuition rates.
  • Our campus is centrally located in Pasadena, CA only 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
  • School accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
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