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    The EXCEL Academy is a short-term. flexible academic program for students in grades 8-12 who have experienced setbacks academically and are either over-age or not on track to graduate. The EXCEL Academy is not an alternative school nor a behavioral reform program. Our goal is for students to return to their zoned school on track for on time graduation or to meet the requirements for graduation by the State of South Carolina. Students are recommended by their zoned school guidance counselor or other district personnel and interviewed by EXCEL Academy staff to be considered for entry. Parental involvement is extremely important and encouraged for the success of the student.




    Students who are over-age for grade level

    • 9th Grade Repeaters

    • 5th Year Seniors

    • Any student 1-2 grade levels behind targeted graduation date

    • Students needing smaller learning environment





    • Be enrolled in and attend a Richland One middle or high school

    • Must complete the application and interview process

    • Students needing to receive one or more credits for on-time graduation or acceleration into correct grade level