Excelsior Academy

Excelsior is a family-oriented Christian resource used in tandem with homeschooling. We are privileged to assist home schooling families in the Midlands as they direct the education of their students. We offer classes from four years of age through high school.   We offer strong academic instruction, as well as opportunities for your student to build relationships inside and outside of the classroom.

Academy students will develop an effective Christian worldview as they study history, literature, foreign language, art, and optional electives. Academy students will be involved in monthly field trips and a service project each semester. All of our High School offerings are college-preparatory classes with honors options which must be declared at the beginning of the school year.

High school students are able to take part in monthly socials, occasional service projects, and an annual spring formal. We hope you’ll consider joining this committed community of teachers, parents, and students. All high school classes and syllabi will be pre-approved by SCAIHS (South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schoolers) for college preparatory credit. Also, all high school classes, with the exception of foreign languages, may be taken for honors credit. However, any student wishing to take a course for honor’s credit MUST declare the honor’s component at the beginning of the year. Our graduates have been accepted at the University of South Carolina Honor’s College, Clemson University, Columbia International University, Erskine College, Charleston Southern College, Anderson University, and Midlands Technical College.

Excelsior is not a third option support group and satisfies no requirements for legal accountability. You must register with either your school district, SCAIHS, or a third option support group by the 10th day of your district’s start date to legally home school. Classes are held at First Baptist Church of West Columbia. The church is located at 400 State Street, West Columbia, SC 29169, and is convenient to downtown Columbia just across the Gervais Street Bridge. Our classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August through April. Contact us for more information!