Choosing the Right Approach for Your Child's Curriculum

Parents are encouraged to identify their home study methodology/philosophy in order to help guide the curriculum selection process. It can be a daunting task to select from all of the options available to home school parents and students. In order to guide your choices, please explore some different educational philosophies below. It is also important to consider how your child learns. Choosing a curriculum that best matches your child’s learning style is important as well. Check out some of the resources below to learn more about how your student learns best.

Homeschooling Approaches 

How Do I Learn Best Questionnaire

Vendor Information

Excel Academy partners with over 1,000 vendors who provide material and service options for enrolled students. Families have the ability to build a customized curriculum that is tailored to the student's individual needs, abilities, and interests of study. Families work with their Teacher of Record (TOR) to ensure that the materials and coursework being ordered are in accordance with their course of study and California standards.

You may search for service vendors near your home using the below link:

Vendor Map Search

Alternatively, you may search our list of approved vendors below. 


Excel Academy Ordering Guidelines

Please see the below documents for information on ordering from Excel Academy vendors, as well as commonly asked questions regarding the vendor process.


Parent Vendor FAQ

Please Note: The disallowed curriculum list, including "Using Instructional Funds" and "Disallowed Items" have been combined into the Ordering Guidelines document linked above. Disallowed Items are listed on Page 3 of that document.

Parent Purchase Order Training

Please see below for training videos on how to use our Online Purchasing System.

How To Order Materials

How To Order Services

How To Search for Orders

In addition to training videos, the entire parent training manual is accessible below:

Parent Purchase Order Training

Parent OPS Login

Excel Academy families can use the below link to access Excel Academy's Online Purchasing system. Please be sure to use all the training resources listed above. If you do not have your login, your Teacher of Record will be able to provide you with it. 


Excel Approved Vendors 

Vendors who would like to be approved need to be requested by an Excel Academy family or Teacher of Record. Direct vendor solicitations are not accepted. All approved vendors have completed the extensive vendor application process, which includes background checks for anyone coming into direct contact with students. Vendors must also provide commercial liability insurance. Approved vendors with Excel can use the link below to manage their invoices.


Click below to take a look at our requirements for Excel vendors: