AN "EXCELLENT EDUCATION"

“My daughter is in the 5th grade and this is our first experience in the Home-School environment.  I had many reservations prior to removing her from the Public School System, but our Teacher of Record has paved the way to success for us above & beyond my expectations! Any questions I have are answered immediately by our TOR either by e-mail or phone call. I honestly feel my daughter is receiving the best education for her and our family, now that we have found Excel.  Thank you for everything that Excel Academy provides to our family!  I am now a true believer in the Home-School experience! Grateful for you!" - Colleen D., Whittier, CA - homeschool mother of 1

How It Works

Excel Academy Charter School offers a tuition free independent study personalized learning model for students in grades TK-12. Our high-quality model of education is rooted in flexible learning, personalized pacing schedules and proven systems of support. In collaboration with the credentialed teacher of record, parents select from a variety of educational resources, services and materials.  Using these educational resources, families build a customized learning experience for their children, tailored to fit their child’s academic, emotional and social needs. Every student enrolled in Excel Academy benefits from the expertise, guidance and oversight of a Teacher of Record (ToR). Our award winning credentialed Teachers of Record work with their assigned students to identify and implement a personalized learning plan for each student. ToRs and students meet face to face and via a variety of platforms throughout the monthly learning periods to ensure students unique needs are met and exceeded.


Teacher of Record (TOR)

Every student enrolled in Excel Academy benefits from the expertise of an Teacher of Record. Our award-winning credentialed Teachers of Record (ToR) work with their assigned students/families to identify and implement a personalized learning plan for each student. The ToR meets with each student face to face once a month as well as virtually via email and zoom as needed throughout the learning period. The support provided by the ToR monthly meeting is designed to encourage, support, guide and educate Excel students and families on their homeschool journey. 

The ToR's primary role is to work together with the parents to execute an appropriate course of study, help the student meet or exceed grade level requirements, and ultimately, work towards graduation from high school. All Excel Academy ToRs are highly qualified, experienced, credentialed teachers who are committed to customized, hands-on learning for each student and family. 

Parent Testimony

“We love Excel!  The monthly meetings with our fantastic TOR have given me the confidence to continue homeschooling.  I leave each meeting feeling supported and renewed in our homeschooling journey.  I highly recommend Excel!” - Penny L., Riverside, CA - homeschool mother of 2 

AMAZING TEACHER OF RECORD!!

“After pulling my daughter out of 5th grade to homeschool her for the first time, I was terrified. Seriously thank goodness for Excel and my AMAZING Teacher of Record!! I don’t know what I would do without my TOR. Whenever I am questioning myself, or worry about what’s next, I am always reassured and given wonderful advice and grace. Excel in of itself has provided my daughter with fantastic opportunities through their approved content and community provider list. I am actually shocked to say that I am really enjoying homeschooling my daughter, thanks to Excel.” - Amy E., Irvine CA  -homeschool mother of 2

TOR HAS BEEN AMAZING

“We have really enjoyed our years with Excel Academy. Our TOR has been Amazing! She is very knowledgeable, professional, and very kind. There is a wide variety of content and community provider to choose from. My daughter has loved learning to sew and play piano. We are looking forward to future years with Excel Academy.” - Sam B., Aliso Viejo, CA - homeschool mom of 1

Instructional Funds

$2700 – $3200 (2019/2020 School Year) Depending on grade level, between $2700 – $3200 will be budgeted for student use. Families can select approved educational materials and services.  Funds may only be used during the school year in which they were budgeted and do not carry over from year to year. Use of instructional funds is up to the discretion of the TOR; Please consult with your TOR to determine the eligible use of instructional funds. For more information, please refer to these helpful guides. Funds are prorated after the first day of the school year.

Instructional Funds FAQ

Family Expectations

The Excel Academy Model values parent choice while heavily relying on parent input for the educational direction of each child. Each child has unique interests, talents, and academic abilities. Excel Academy allows parents, with the support of a credentialed teacher (Teacher of Record), to build an educational program that best suits the whole student and his/her academic goals and personal passions. Students are expected to take personal responsibility for their education, and since parents are responsible for managing their child’s daily educational experience, it is important that parents are prepared to assist their students in meeting the following guidelines:

First Progress Improvement Notification (PIN)

If a parent or student fails to meet the responsibilities outlined in the Master Agreement, Acknowledgement of Responsibilities (AoR), or Independent Study Policy, the school will send a letter to the parent/guardian informing the family that the student/parent has failed to meet the minimum standards of independent study and/or the governing Board policies. The letter will include the reason for the notification so the parent/guardian and student are aware that they are not fulfilling their responsibilities with the school.

If the reason for the notification is that the student failed to complete an identified assignment outlined in the PIN letter, per the credentialed ToR, the student must complete the assignment.  Verification of completion of the identified assignment is required to ensure the student is making progress and meeting their goals.

If the reason for the notification is that the parent/guardian or student did not attend a Learning Period meeting, a follow-up Learning Period meeting must occur within five school days. 

Second Progress Improvement Notification (PIN)

If a parent or student fails to meet the responsibilities outlined in the Master Agreement, Acknowledgement of Responsibilities (AoR), or Independent Study Policy for a second time within the same school year, the school will send a letter to the parent/guardian informing the family that the student has failed to meet the minimum standards of independent study and/or the governing Board policies. The letter will include the reason for the notification so the parent/guardian and student are aware that they are not fulfilling their responsibilities with the school.

If the reason for the notification is that the student failed to complete an identified assignment outlined in the PIN letter per the credentialed ToR, the student must complete the assignment. In addition, a Student Success Team (SST) meeting may be held with the school’s educational team within ten days. The conference will include the student, parent, teacher, and school intervention or SPED designee. The purpose of the meeting will be to develop a plan to support the student’s success.  

If the PIN was issued due to a missed LP meeting, a follow-up meeting must occur within five school days of the missed meeting. This meeting will take place to ensure the student has begun making adequate progress.  If the parent/guardian or student does not attend the scheduled student support meeting, the meeting will be held with the teacher and school designee. 

If the student is served under a Section 504 Accommodation Plan and the SST suspects that the area identified for improvement in the PIN may be related to the student’s disability, a Section 504 meeting may be scheduled in lieu of an SST meeting.

If the student has an IEP and the IEP team determines that the area identified for improvement in the PIN may be related to the student’s disability, a second PIN IEP meeting may be held to determine if the student’s IEP supports or services require adjustments in order to address the area of improvement. 

Third Progress Improvement Notification (PIN)

If a parent or student fails to meet the responsibilities outlined in the Master Agreement, Acknowledgement of Responsibilities (AoR), or Independent Study Policy for a third time within the same school year, the school will send a letter to the parent/guardian informing the family that the student has failed to meet the minimum standards of independent study and/or the governing Board policies. The letter will include the reason for the notification so the parent/guardian and student are aware that they are not fulfilling their responsibilities with the school.

When any student fails to complete three (3) identified assignments (or fails to meet the responsibilities in the Master Agreement , Acknowledgement of Responsibilities (AoR), or Independent Study Policy three times) in a school year, the Executive Director or designee shall conduct an internal evaluation to determine whether it is in the best interests of the student to remain in independent study. If the evaluation finds that it is not in the student’s best interest to remain in independent study, the student may be removed in accordance with the process outlined below.