The mission at School for Excellence is to develop in all students' intellectual and critical thinking skills in literacy, mathematics, sciences, and history and a strong sense of social responsibility and advocacy. Through our community-responsive curriculum that places at the forefront our students’ individual identities, personalities, and cultures, we provide our students the academic and social-emotional toolkit that they can expand and grow from. We believe our students learn best when they understand themselves in the context of the world around them and when they feel empowered to become leaders and advocates for others.

At SFE, we pride ourselves on supporting our students to be their best selves, to show up and show out each day in their own unique ways. Each SFE S.C.H.O.L.A.R is held to high academic and civic standards but is also nurtured through a caring network of teachers, counselors, administration, and staff to achieve their goals in and beyond the classroom. We value their values, embrace their individuality, and believe in them.  

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Principal's Corner

Important Information Regarding Regents Exam Opt-in

Dear Families,

As we wrap up the spring semester, I know many of you have questions about the Regents exams. In a typical year, Regents exams are administered in June and August in 10 subject areas. This June, only 4 Regents subject exams will be administered – Algebra I, English Language Arts, Living Environment, and Earth Science. These exams will be administered in-person in our school building. There will be no additional Regents administration scheduled for August. Certain students are eligible for Regents exam waivers, which count as a passing score for that exam for graduation. Waivers are available for all Regents exams subjects, including the four exams being administered in person.

Please note you MUST respond by June 14th to opt-in. If you do not wish for your child to sit for the exams you do not have to take any additional steps.

We appreciate your collaboration and flexibility as we continually work to ensure a strong, supportive education for your child and every student in our school community.

For more detailed information please see my entire letter regarding Regents Exam Opt-in.


NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)

Parents and Guardians: The New York City Department of Education had made it easier to sign up for an NYC Schools Account (NYCSA). Setting up a basic account will allow you to get emergency notifications from the DOE.  

You can create a basic account online from any computer, phone, or tablet. All you need to do is:

  • Go to https://mystudent.nyc/saa/signup
  • Set up the account by:
    • Entering your name and email address,
    • creating a password, and
    • answering a few brief security questions so you can reset the password if you forget it.

After you create your account, you will be able to link students to your account. You will need to verify your identity and your relationship with that student. You can do that by contacting the school. Once your information is confirmed, you will be able to see your child’s grades, test scores, and attendance. 


Student Meals

Students! Just because you are learning remotely does not mean you can not enjoy a nutritious school meal. Free breakfast and lunch are served daily between 9 am and 12 pm for remote learners here at the Morris Campus. Meals may be picked up at the campus front door.

 A bowl filled with cereal and milk.  A paper bag lunch with an apple and milk container.      



Covid-19 Updates

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    Emergency Broadband Benefit Program for Families

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which will provide reduced-cost broadband internet service for eligible New York City households during the COVID-19 pandemic. All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit, and funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program has exhausted available funds or six months after the US Department of Health and Human services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency.

    Families can find out if they are eligible, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website. There are two types of benefits available to eligible households: 

    • Monthly Benefit: a discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or 
    • One-time Device Discount: up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10 - $50), where available. 

    Families can visit the FCC’s EBB webpage and view this FAQ to learn more about the EBB program. Translated materials are available via the following links: SpanishArabicAmharicBurmeseChineseFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanPortugueseRussianSomaliTagalog, and Vietnamese

    If families have questions or require support with an application, they can email EBBHelp@usac.org or call (833) 511-0311.

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    NYC High School Buildings Re-Open for In-Person Learning

    NYC high school buildings will re-open for in-person learning beginning Monday, March 22, 2021.  To learn more, please read the Chancellor's Update for Families letter.

    Weekly COVID-19 Testing and Mandatory Consent 

    • All schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.  
    • All students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person.  
    • Families are encouraged to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc prior to their child’s first day of in-person learning.  

    You may also access a printable copy of the student consent form.

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    Complete Your Health Screen Every Day!

    Hello SFE students! 

    Please remember to fill out your daily Health Screening before arriving at the school building. You will not be allowed into the building without your screening results. If you can not complete the screening online, you will need to fill out a paper screening form before being allowed to enter the school building.

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    Temporary COVID-19 Testing Sites

    As part of the City’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City is further increasing access to testing so that New Yorkers in every community can know their status. To do that, certain school buildings that are still closed for teaching and learning will be temporarily used as COVID-19 diagnostic testing sites across the five boroughs. These sites include your child’s school building.

    For more information on temporary COVID-19 testing sites, read the Update for Families - COVID Test sites letter (PDF).

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    DOE Student Accounts

    The DOE has created student accounts for every single New York City public school student, including 3K and Pre-K students.

    The account gives your student access to TeachHub, which is how students access:

    • iLearnNYC, the Summer School 2020 online learning platform 
    • Student report cards (available in the Student Documents icon)
    • Multiple educational applications
    • G Suite, Microsoft O365, and Zoom (using secure central accounts)
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  • Chancellor's Letter to Families

    May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. This is the time when we celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States.

    Please read the Chancellor's full letter to families.

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  • NYC DOE Remote Learning Technical Support

    The DOE is launching a family-facing Remote Learning Technical Support ticket system. Families (or someone on their behalf) can submit requests for technical support for a broad range of issues, including application support, lost, stolen, broken devices, and delivery status, through the Technical Support page for Families.

    Remote Learning Devices

    DOE Families: Get your remote learning device or call (718) 935-5100 and choose option 5.

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  • School-Based COVID-19 Tests

    Keeping school buildings open depends upon an awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our facilities. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested! 

    Learn more about random, safe, and free School-Based COVID-19 testing and get the consent form from the New York City Department of Education website.

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Student Schedules & More

In keeping with its educational mission, the School For Excellence provides our scholars with the ability to continue their quest for knowledge by providing them with grade-based academic schedules for remote learning from home.


Students, below, you will find the corresponding schedule for your grade and cohort.


9A Schedule    9D Schedule

10A Schedule  10D Schedule

11A Schedule  11D Schedule 

12A Schedule  12C Schedule  12D Schedule 



NYC DOE Learning Preference Survey




To better support you, please answer these questions about how you think and feel, especially while learning remotely. Please respond honestly—there are no right or wrong answers! Your voice is important, so thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.




Please help us better support you and other families by answering these questions. Your answers will be anonymous. If you prefer not to answer any question, you can skip it. As you answer these questions, please think about your family’s experience right now with remote learning. If you have more than one child enrolled in this school, please answer these questions about your oldest child.


Please access the NYC Department of Education Learning Preference webpage to submit your survey. 

S. C. H. O. L. A. R. Values & Expectations

As an SFE S.C.H.O.L.A.R., I will…

Show up every day, on time, because I value my education and what opportunities it will bring to my life.

Commit to my learning by bringing necessary materials and tools for success for every class, every day.

Honor my school community and me by being a peacekeeper and upstander, following rules and expectations that maintain safety for all.

Overcome obstacles and challenges by maintaining a growth mindset, pushing past my limits to achieve academically and socially.

Lead by example, serving as a positive role model for those around me with my words, actions, and behaviors inside and outside the school community.

Advocate for myself and my fellow students by being an active participant in my school community, demonstrating school pride.

Rise above difficult situations by getting support when I need it, lifting others when they need it.

SFE Scholars:  Show up, Commit, Honor, Overcome, Lead, Advocate, Rise

Exciting Things are Happning at SFE

SFE Open House


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

10 am - 12 pm

In-person or virtually!

Meet with Principal Aquino, teachers, and student ambassadors. Goody bags will be available for all in-person guests and raffle tickets are available for all participants! Come visit and learn more about our school while also having a chance to win an Air Fryer!

SFE Open House Virtual Access

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EduMate NYC

EduMate NYC is connecting public school students with free, virtual tutoring in this time of need.

  • 100% Free
  • Online & by phone
  • 1:1 Individual attention
  • By college students

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SFE Community Resource Hub!

The School For Excellence Community Resource Hub is a space created for students and families to access community resources and more during these tough times.

Community Resource Hub



Montefiore School Health Program

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Dear Parent/Guardian:

In partnership with the Montefiore School Health Program, the School For Excellence has a comprehensive health center that is different from the schools' nurse's office. The health center provides students with emergency care and first aid for minor injuries, physical exams for school, sports or working papers, confidential counseling & stress reduction, immunizations, asthma care, nutritional counseling, preventive dental services, and more.

To enroll your child in the health center, please download and complete the forms, and provide the following:

All information is kept confidential.

  • Parental/Guardian Consent Form
  • Basic Health History Form 
  • Include a copy of your child's immunization record
  • Include a copy of insurance information

Download the Montefiore school application in English or Spanish: 

 Montefiore School Application English (PDF) 

 Montefiore School Application Spanish(PDF)