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School Psychologist [2021-2022 SY]

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Organization Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400 students in grades 5 to 12. At Excel Academy Charter Schools, we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned to their personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory. 

We present our students with educational experiences that allow them to grow and discover their best selves so that when they leave our halls, they can successfully navigate all of the post-secondary options available to them. You can read more about the impact of the Excel Academy model here.

At Excel Academy we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements. We have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that values our community as collaborators in the learning process, social-emotional support, equity for diverse learners, and fosters identity development. We prioritize an approach that is both rigorous and inclusive. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff are at the core of the work we do. 

Growth Happens Here.

Duties and Responsibilities

The School Psychologist will provide consultation, assessment, and intervention services related to school psychology. They will support Excel Academy Charter High School and will report to the Dean of Student Supports. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Evaluate and screen students’ abilities and needs to determine eligibility for special education services;
  • Administer, score, and interpret assessments in the areas of cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral functioning (which Excel will provide);
  • Reach out to families to collect detailed family input and relevant history information;
  • Collaborate with students’ teachers and learning specialists to gain a clear and complete in-school profile;
  • Write evaluation reports including all academic, cognitive, social-emotional, and behavior assessments, goals, and specific recommendations in a timely fashion and in accordance with compliance due dates and the Massachusetts disability categories;
  • Act as part of the diagnostic team for initial and three-year evaluations in tandem with special education teachers, general education teachers, family, and outside providers;
  • Maintain the legal confidentiality and privacy of student information while collaborating with students’ special education teams;
  • Participate in special education team meetings as requested by school-based staff;
  • Provide consultation to classroom teachers and learning specialists pertaining to student progress, behavior management techniques, and individualized behavior management plans; and
  • Participate in Excel’s Response to Intervention (RTI) system by attending Child Study Team (CST) meetings with grade level teams and providing direct interventions to Tier II and Tier III students.

Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in school psychology is required;
  • Possession of MA DESE School Psychologist License by the first day of school;
  • A commitment to and belief in all students and the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • A commitment to addressing racial and economic inequity in education;
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment;
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
  • An openness to change, a willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in receiving feedback for continuous improvement.

Preference will be given to applicants who also:

  • Have experience in a public or charter school setting
  • Speak Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic fluently
  • Can speak to the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture
  • Can speak to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion



Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to its work as an anti-racist organization. One critical element of that commitment is building and empowering a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve.. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic (languages spoken widely by our diverse community of families) will receive additional compensation, as will staff who are alumni of our schools.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Organization Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required

Location

On-site
Boston, MA

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