April 10, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that Arkansas’s schools will remain closed for on-site instruction for the remainder of this school year. The Excel Center will continue to offer courses through distance learning for adults who would like to earn their high school diploma. Our next term will begin on Monday, April 20th. Enrolled students will be contacted by Life Coaches soon regarding scheduling of classes for the next term. Contact the Excel Center at 501-372-5100 for more information about earning your diploma at Arkansas’s only adult high school.


Students who need printed copies of course materials will be able to schedule pick up of these materials at the Excel Center or can request that the materials be mailed to their residence. 

Additional information for students about accessing online coursework can be found here

Greg Wertenberger | School Director

The Excel Center | Goodwill Industries of Arkansas


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. 


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.


  • 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.


There is free transportation assistance available, if needed.


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.


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