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A LETTER FROM OUR SCHOOL DIRECTOR

 

The Excel Center staff are making preparations for students to have an option to return to on-site instruction in the school when Term 2 begins on September 14, 2020. We will also continue to offer students the option to complete their coursework remotely, supported by instructors and life coaches like their peers who are choosing to participate in onsite learning.  

 

After reviewing the descriptions of the information outlined in the Blended & Online Learning Options document, current and prospective students will be asked to respond to a brief survey to indicate which learning option is going to be the best fit for them for Term 2 in 2020.  

All students who wish to enroll for classes at The Excel Center for Term 2 beginning Sept. 14  must complete this survey by Friday, September 4th, 2020. 

 

It is very important that each student consider which option will help them be most successful in their learning as students will only be permitted to change this selection if extenuating circumstances require it after the start of term.  

 

Students who have additional questions regarding the learning options for Term 2 should contact The Excel Center at

501-372-5100.  

 

Click here to view a short video about what to expect when you enter the Excel Center if you attend classes on-site or visit the building for any reason. 

Greg Wertenberger | School Director

The Excel Center | Goodwill Industries of Arkansas

WHAT IS THE EXCEL CENTER? 

The Excel Center® at Goodwill is the first adult high school in Arkansas. It provides students ages 19 and over a second chance to earn a high school diploma. The school is tuition-free to its students, with flexible and accelerated class schedules to meet the needs of working and busy adults. The school also partners with our Trade School, so students may earn industry-recognized credentials concurrently as they earn their high school diplomas. 

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

The Excel Center focuses on the student’s education and what comes after graduation. Relationships with life coaches and instructors; rigor in completing credits with our accelerated curriculum; facilitated coursework and extended class periods; and relevance through hands-on work experiences set our students on a positive path for a successful future.

Scheduling
  • Schedules are year-round with eight-week terms to help students earn their diplomas faster.

  • Full-time and part-time students accepted. 

  • Morning and afternoon class schedules are offered Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

  • Fridays are available for extra tutoring and support.

 

Child Care

In the Drop In Center we provide a safe, fun, developmentally appropriate environment full of tender love and care for the children we serve. We do our due diligence to provide comfort and peace to parents while their children are in our care. We meet each child at their level to help them gain new heights alongside their parents by facilitating new experiences and teaching strategies. The Drop In Center uses a guided academic curriculum that will include developmentally appropriate activities. The activities and daily schedules are posted and will be distributed to parents and guardians regularly. We look forward to working with you to set our excellent children up for a successful future.

Transportation

There is free transportation assistance available, if needed.

Instructors

Highly qualified instructors facilitate learning in language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.

Life Coaches

Every student is assigned a life coach. Life coaches help students overcome life-barriers and personal issues. Coaches keep students engaged and help navigate career or college preparation plans.

ENROLL NOW


ELIGIBILITY Students must be at least 19 years of age. Students must live in Arkansas to apply. ENROLLMENT PROCESS Excel Student Pre-Enrollment Application Attend iExcel Student Orientation Take the iReady Assessment Complete application and provide high school transcript Attend the first day of school NEXT STEPS 501-372-5100 or email Excel@GoodwillAR.org to begin the enrollment process.




STATE REQUIRED INFORMATION


ACCREDITATION STATUS 2017-2018: Not Accredited 2018-2019: Accredited ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PUBLIC 2017-2018 School Year 2018-2019 School Year 2019-2020 School Year 2020-2021 School Year FINANCIAL DATA REPORTS Annual School Budget and Revenue Sources: 2017-2018 School Budget 2018-2019 School Budget 2019-2020 School Budget 2020-2021 School Budget EXPENDITURE DATA School Expenditures for 2017-2018: October 2017 Monthly Report November 2017 Monthly Report December 2017 Monthly Report January 2018 Monthly Report February 2018 Monthly Report March 2018 Monthly Report April 2018 Monthly Report May 2018 Monthly Report June 2018 Monthly Report School Expenditures for 2018-2019: July 2018 Monthly Report August 2018 Monthly Report September 2018 Monthly Report October 2018 Monthly Report November 2018 Monthly Report December 2018 Monthly Report January 2019 Monthly Report February 2019 Monthly Report March 2019 Monthly Report April 2019 Monthly Report May 2019 Monthly Report June 2019 Monthly Report School Expenditures for 2019-2020: July 2019 Monthly Report August 2019 Monthly Report September 2019 Monthly Report October 2019 Monthly Report November 2019 Monthly Report December 2019 Monthly Report January 2020 Monthly Report February 2020 Monthly Report EMPLOYEE CONTRACT INFORMATION
No employee contracts have been executed. All staff are employees of the school district. Salary Schedule ANNUAL SCHOOL DISTRICT REPORTS 2017-2018 School Year Stats Annual School Performance SCHOOL POLICIES AND PLANS School District Personnel Policies Student Handbook Family and Community Engagement Plan School Improvement Plan Dyslexia Reporting Information District Calendar School Counseling Plan Excel Center Ready for Learning Plan SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS AND MINUTES Goodwill Board Room 7400 Scott Hamilton Drive Little Rock, AR 72209
School Board Meeting Dates: January 16, 2020, 5 p.m. March 19, 2020, 5 p.m. April 16, 2020, 5 p.m. May 21, 2020, 5 p.m. July 16, 2020, 5 p.m. August 20, 2020, 5 p.m. September 17, 2020, 5 p.m. October 15, 2020, 5 p.m. November 19, 2020, 5 p.m. December 17, 2020, 5 p.m. SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES: July 17, 2017 August 23, 2017 September 21, 2017 October 19, 2017 November 16, 2017 January 3, 2018 February 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 April 25, 2018 June 28, 2018 August 30, 2018 September 20, 2018 October 18, 2018 December 20, 2018 January 17, 2019 February 28, 2019 April 18, 2019 May 16, 2019 June 20, 2019 July 18, 2019 August 15, 2019 September 26, 2019 October 24, 2019 November 21, 2019 December 19, 2019 January, 16, 2020 March, 19, 2020 DISTRICT POLICIES Code of Ethics Fair Business Practice Ghost Employee Policy Travel Expense Policy Cash Management Policy Policy on Waste Fraud Abuse and Other Wrongdoing Employee Handbook




CONTACT


Ask for The Excel Center. Phone: 501-372-5100
Toll-Free: 877-372-5151
Email: Excel@GoodwillAR.org




OUR POLICY


The Excel Center is committed to a policy prohibiting discriminatory practices in all aspects of its policies, programs, practices and operations. All applicants and students shall be treated equally without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender or expression of gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, matriculation, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, familial status, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, genetic background or any other legally protected characteristic.




OUR MISSION


The Excel Center provides adults the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma while developing career paths that offer greater employment and growth opportunities. Our school “meets students where they are” in their education by providing a flexible structure and supportive relationships to help students manage work, life and family as they achieve their educational goals.




OUR VISION


Thousands of individuals drop out of high school each year, impacting their career potential as employers seek workers with higher skills and specialization. As part of our commitment to enhance career potential and access to high-growth jobs for high school dropouts, The Excel Center offers effective ways to provide adult high school students accelerated learning, opportunities for post-secondary education and individualized career planning.





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