If you have questions about The Goodwill Excel Center, please take a look at the following frequently asked questions.
Q: How is The Goodwill Excel Center different from other adult public charter schools?
- We award a high school diploma rather than a GED.
- We focus on adults in need of a high school diploma.
- We offer post high school, industry recognized certifications.
- A free on-site child development center is also available for enrolled students while they are attending class.
- Transportation stipends are given to all students to support commuting back and forth to school.
Q: When do classes start?
New eight week terms are added continuously on a rolling basis.
Q: What is the admissions process?
- Complete the Online Application
Students interested in the Goodwill Excel Center should complete the online application.
- Attend a Document Session
If/when you are selected for a conditional seat to the Goodwill Excel Center, you will need to attend a "document session." Every student will need to bring the following documents to the document session:
- Proof of DC Residency
- Official/Sealed Transcript From ALL Attended High Schools
If you have been offered a conditional seat and you do not have a transcript, or have never attended high school please plan to complete a "transcript waiver form," indicating that you do not have any credits.
- Proof of Initial Immunization for Multi-dose Immunizations, and a Schedule of Completion of Immunizations
- Complete a Math & Literacy Placement Assessment
When all of the required documents are submitted students will be invited to complete a math and literacy assessment, and to meet with an academic success coach.
- Attend an iExcel Student Orientation
Students who have completed the above steps will be enrolled into a two-day iExcel student orientation. Completion of the two day student orientation guarantees a seat on August 22, 2016 for the first day of classes.
Q: How long is the admissions process?
- Document Session:
- Math & Literacy Placement Assessment and Online Registration:
- Clinical Coaching Assessments:
30 Minutes - Meet Your Excel Academic Success Coach
Q: What are the Math & Literacy Placement Assessments?
The math and literacy placement assessments are used to determine where in the program you should start your education. There is no "pass," or "fail," no matter where you score you will be enrolled into the Goodwill Excel Center.
Q: What are Clinical Coaching Assessments?
We recognize that our students may come to us with life"s challenges. As part of the enrollment and admissions process, students will have an Excel Academic Success Coach who will support our students and identify thier needs to successfully complete their education.
Q: What are the hours of the Goodwill Excel Center?
The Goodwill Excel Center is open to students from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday. Classes are Monday through Thursday.
Q: How long will it take for me to get my high school diploma?
The time it takes to complete the program varies from student to student.
- The standard education track is made up of 5 eight week terms.
- Each term is 8 weeks long.
The amount of time depends on the number of high school credits a student has upon enrollment, and how they do on the math and literacy placement assessment.
(For example, a students with some credits may finish sooner than a student with no credits.)
Q: What is a typical student’s education track?
A typical student education track is made up of 5 eight week terms. Student's educational tracks are dependent on the math and literacy placement assessment, and whether a student has transferable credits from a high school.
Q: How long are the classes?
Each class can range from 90 minutes to 3 hours a day.
Q: Are there part-time options?
Yes, The Goodwill Excel Center offers classes from 9 am until 4 pm with part-time options.
We encourage students to attend full-time so they can graduate sooner, but part-time options are available.
Q: Are there night school options?
At this time, The Goodwill Excel Center will offer the majority of classes during the day. As the need of students are evaluated, evening classes will be scheduled.
Q: How old do you have to be to enroll in The Goodwill Excel Center?
The Goodwill Excel Center is a high school which means that anyone who has successfully completed middle school (8th grade) can enroll and attend.
Q: Do you have to be a District resident?
Yes. The Goodwill Excel Center is only open to District residents, and students are required to submit proof of District residency.
Q:If I already have my GED, can I enroll to earn my high school diploma?
Yes, those with a GED are welcome to enroll at The Goodwill Excel Center to pursue a high school diploma.
Q: When is childcare provided for Goodwill Excel Center students?
An on-site child development center for enrolled Goodwill Excel Center students is only available while the student is physically in class. Childcare is not available for enrolled students who are not attending class, or students on the enrollment waiting list.
*Childcare is based on availability
Q: What industry recognized credentials do you offer?
Currently The Goodwill Excel Center offers credentials in Hospitality Services and Unarmed Security and Protective Services.
*Industry recognized credentials may change at anytime.
Q: Will there be security at The Goodwill Excel Center?
Yes, there will be a full-time security on location during instructional hours, and on Fridays when students are not required to be in the building.