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 (Education Specialist), 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:

  • Attend school five days each week. Learning can take place in a variety of ways (please refer to the acceptable attendance guide).
  • Expect to spend an average of one hour per day in each subject area. Actual time may vary depending on the ability level of the student and the assignments covered each day/week.
  • Submit quality work, showing evidence of progress, subject mastery and competency. 
  • Maintain acceptable behavior in Excel Academy vendor classes or lessons
  • Email correspondence should be respectful

First Progress Improvement Notification (PIN)

If a parent or student fails to meet the responsibilities outlined above, 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 and student are aware that they are not fulfilling their independent study responsibilities.

If the reason for the notification is that the student failed to attain 70% of learning completed/attained per the credentialed teacher of record, a follow-up learning period meeting must occur within ten school days. This meeting will take place to ensure the student is back on-track.

If the reason for the notification is that the parent 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 above 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 and student are aware that they are not fulfilling their responsibilities with the school.

If the reason for the second notification is that the student failed to attain 70% of learning completed/attained per the credentialed teacher of record, a student support meeting will be scheduled with the school’s educational team within five days. The school’s educational team will include the student, parent, teacher, and school designee. The purpose of the meeting will be to develop a plan to support the student’s success. An additional follow-up learning period meeting must occur within ten school days of the student support meeting. This meeting will take place to ensure the student has begun making adequate progress.

If the parent/student do not attend the scheduled student support meeting, the meeting will be held with the teacher and school designee, and the student will receive the third notification from the school.

If the reason for the notification is that the parent or student missed a learning period meeting, a follow-up meeting must occur within five school days.

Third Progress Improvement Notification (PIN)

If a parent or student fails to meet the responsibilities mentioned above for a third time within the same school year, an evaluation will be conducted to determine whether it is in the best interests of the pupil to remain in independent study. If the evaluation finds that it is not in the student’s best interest to remain in independent student, the student may be involuntarily withdrawn and 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 and has been involuntarily withdrawn from the school. This letter will be sent by registered mail and the student’s district of residence will be notified.  A written record of the findings of any evaluation made as a result of missed assignments shall be treated as a mandatory interim pupil record. The record shall be maintained for a period of three years from the date of the evaluation and, if the student transfers to another California public school, the record shall be forwarded to that school. (51747)