Chavez Excel Academy

Campus Information

Principal:
Darren Calvert
Phone: (210) 397-8120
Fax: (210) 706-8953
Year Open:
2003
School Mascot:
Eagles
School Colors:
Colombia blue, Black

Boundary Information

Irene L. Chavez Excel Academy

6500 Ingram Rd
78238 San Antonio , TX

Namesake

The Northside Board of Trustees has renamed the Excel Academy in honor of the school’s longtime principal, Irene Chavez.

Though the name of the school and its location have changed over the years, the mission of the Irene L. Chavez Excel Academy has always remained the same- to serve as an academic alternative high school for students at risk of dropping out.

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The Northside Board of Trustees has renamed the Excel Academy in honor of the school’s longtime principal, Irene Chavez.

Though the name of the school and its location have changed over the years, the mission of the Irene L. Chavez Excel Academy has always remained the same- to serve as an academic alternative high school for students at risk of dropping out.

Originally called Challenge High School, this new type of high school first opened in the fall of 1990 as a three-year pilot program under the Adult and Community Education Department. It was funded by a Texas Education Agency grant and Chavez was hired as the first principal.

In 2003, Challenge High School was renamed the Northside Excel Academy by the Board of Trustees and merged with another non-traditional high school, Sunset High School. After 15 years at the Northside Learning Center, the Excel Academy moved to its current location on the Holmes High School campus in 2006.

Thousands of students have earned diplomas from the Irene L. Chavez Excel Academy through the years and have been able to go on to the military, higher education, and the job market. It remains a school that believes all students can thrive, survive, and graduate although some of them need a different school environment to reach their educational goals.

Chavez retired in May 2014 after 24 years as the school’s principal. 

June 25, 2015

To comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, Northside ISD will once again offer free meals to children starting June 8. This year, free meals are available at 17 schools for children who are 18 years or younger.

June 25, 2015

It might be summer but school zones are in effect through the beginning of August. All Northside ISD campuses are used for either summer school programs or as drop off/pick up sites for students.

June 25, 2015

It is time for families to start updating their immunizations in order to be prepared to return to school for the 2015-16 school year. Some students may not have the requisite number of shots and not know it due to the state increasing the number of shots required at various grade levels.