K4 thru High School
We offer classes for ages K4 through High School
Academics & Arts
We offer both academic and arts focused courses
All classes and curriculums are SCAIHS approved
Social & Family Events
We offer various social and family oriented events
Excelsior is a family-oriented resource used in tandem with homeschooling. We are privileged to assist home schooling families in the education of their students. Our primary responsibility is to be a resource to assist parents. Even though we offer strong academic instruction, we also have times for your student to build relationships inside and outside the classroom.
We offer classes for grades K4 through High School. Academy classes, ages 4-13, will develop an effective Christian worldview as we study literature, history, and the fine arts based on various time periods. All of our High School offerings are college-preparatory classes with honors options. In addition, high school students take part in monthly socials, service projects, and an annual spring formal.
Excelsior is not a third option support group and satisfies no requirements for legal accountability. You must register with SCAIHS or a third option support group by the 10th day of your school district’s start date to legally home school.
Classes are held at New Heights Church in Columbia, SC. The church is located at 5501 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212. Our classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August through May. We hope you’ll consider joining this committed community of teachers, parents, and students. We offer classes from K4 through high school.
Our goal as Christian parents is to raise children who love Christ and know how to apply the principles of their faith to the world around them. We must intentionally and faithfully pass on to our children the mission of reclaiming and redeeming the culture for the glory of God. This dominion mandate was first given in Genesis and is reconfirmed by Paul as he tells us we must learn “to bring every thought captive to Christ.” We believe, and must affirm daily to our children, that all things (from the physical to the academic) hold together in Christ.
Statement of Faith
Excelsior has adopted the Apostle’s Creed as our statement of faith: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.”
Director – Ashlee Vickery
Ashlee has served as the Director of Excelsior Academy since 2012. Ashlee earned an Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the the Education Department from the University of South Carolina in 1994. Ashlee has been married to Kevin Vickery for 25 years, and she has over 20 years of home school experience, and all three of their daughters have attended Excelsior. Ashlee also teaches 3rd Grade Sunday school at First Presbyterian Church, and started and lead a Good News Club through Child Evangelism Fellowship at Irmo Elementary. She also participates as a teacher at Vacation Bible School at First Presbyterian Church of Columbia.
Assistant Director – Gail Lingerfelt
Gail has served as the Assistant Director of Excelsior Academy since 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from The Master’s College, now The Master’s University, in 1992. Gail has been married to Jeff Lingerfelt, State Director for Capitol Commission, for 25 years. Their 3 children started attending Excelsior Academy in 2005, the year they began homeschooling. Gail loves Excelsior and has been serving there in various roles for over 15 years.
We have an active board who helps make decisions for the school. Our current board members are: Zan and Joe Tyler (founders of both Excelsior and SCAIHS), Andy and Tricia Heen, Katie and Kevin Raines, Becki and Jeremy Miller, Gale and Jeff Lingerfelt, and Kevin Vickery.
“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen” Romans 11:36