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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:53 am, Sat Aug 25, 2012.

Inside a spacious gymnasium with black and red walls, over a dozen young basketball players are giving the court floor a workout.

Quickly shifting from side to side, the boys try to perfect their defensive stances as coach Eddie Menzel hollers to keep up the effort.

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  • Melissa Stewall posted at 6:11 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Melissa Posts: 1

    This article title should read, "San Joaquin County Office of Ed Opens Another Low Performing School". Parents should be aware that the SJ Office of Ed is responsible for the lowest performing schools within the County! The Office of Ed should be focusing on increasing the performance of their current schools rather than continuing to open new ones that still do not perform. Ridiculous waste of student time and tax resources. I encourage the news reporter to check into the Office of Ed's current schools for their rankings. Right now the Office of Ed's Venture Academy is ranked 2 out of a possible 10 (10 being best) for their Academic Performance Report! This is a disastrous report card and highlights how not to run a school.

    Attention parents! Check out the link to the CA's Dept of Ed ranking system for this last year for Venture Academy... Do you want to send your child to a school like this??

  • Mary Bautista posted at 7:16 pm on Tue, Aug 28, 2012.

    MaryB55 Posts: 1

    I enrolled my daughter at Excel. We are very happy with Excel's innovative program. They offer small classes that has smaller teacher to student ratio. They offer the use of new technology that is the future wave of learning. They offer opportunities to accelerate the kids' education to collegiate level. Best of all, they offer visionary teachers who have recently graduated from top universities - they connect well with the students, approachable and saavy in technology! The teachers are sincerely setting up the students for success toward college and in life! The atmosphere that they create in the school is very supportive, family oriented, the kids are trained and reminded to be polite, helpful, appreciative, to work hard and focused on their goals.

    My daughter and her friends at school are so excited and motivated with their Excel teachers and coaches. They are focused on succeeding because that is the mindset that the school administrators, teachers and coaches are instilling in them. My daughter and her schoolmate friend who carpools with us say that their teachers really "teach" and care that they do learn the subject unlike the public school that they came from. We, as parents, and the kids are tired of the traditional stale methods of the regular public schools. The "legacy" teachers in our experience have not come up with ways to motivate the students and vary their teaching style according to the needs and interests of the kids.

    We are so fortunate to join Excel at its pioneer year. The world certainly has its pioneers and innovators, and then there are the followers and laggers. I commend Excel for daring to set up their program and provide this unique opportunity to their students.

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