About WAE

Scholars at annual Breast Cancer Walk, hugging each other.
Group of WAE seniors in school uniform, dabbing.
The students on the left side are handing white roses to the freshmen in the annual rose ceremony on the first day of school.
A row of students in their uniforms holding white roses in the annual rose ceremony.

Our Story


​The Women’s Academy of Excellence opened in 2004 as a single gender, uniformed learning environment with a private school feeling. Affectionately referred to as the WAE, the mission of the Women's Academy of Excellence is to create a community of lifelong learners and leaders, where students' intellectual curiosity and creativity is nurtured, and their developmental needs as teenagers are met to their individual satisfaction.

WAE is comprised of scholars, teachers, administrators, parents and community leaders. Together, we offer a dynamic, interdisciplinary learning environment, exposing scholars to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. As a result, the scholars experience great success on many levels, as they specialize in the fields of Math, Science and Social Change. Through a strong partnership with parents, caretakers and guardians, the school organizes and initiates collaborative projects to instill values, ethical principles of behavior and sound judgment in each and every scholar. In this way, it is ensured that scholars excel scholastically, socially and emotionally; and are able to achieve success throughout high school and when they enter college. Our expectation is that the scholars will be leaders in school and in their communities as well, which we support by requiring 200 hours of community service prior to graduation.

WAE is proud to be affiliated with and supported by the following organizations: The NY Coalition of One Hundred Black Women, L’Oreal, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (AAOZ chapter), Music Unites, Montefiore Hospital, Lehman College, Monroe College, Mercy College, and The Agency for Children Services North Bronx Office, as well as The Learning Tree, and The PitcchIn Foundation.

Our Founding Principal:
Principal Dr. Arnette Crocker

Dr. Arnette Crocker