Excel Center

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The Excel Center is a free charter high school for Shelby County adults 18 years and older.


*Please Note!  Only one enrollment form per person is entered in the lottery

1. Click ENROLLMENT FORM button on right side of this page
2. Scroll down to the INTENT TO ENROLL form
3. After you have filled in the information, click SUBMIT
4. You will receive a confirmation email from the EXCEL CENTER to your email address.  Check your inbox or spam/junk folder for confirmation email from The Excel Center.


Our first classes will begin August 2015 at the former Norris Road Elementary School. The address is 1490 Norris Road (38106). The Excel Center will eventually move to the Sears Crosstown building when completed in fall 2016.  We are excited about moving into our interim home in the south Memphis neighborhood.


The Walton Family Foundation has awarded The Excel Center a grant to help with school start-up costs. These monies will be used for learning technology, curriculum and staff / teacher training. We are very grateful for the Walton Family Foundation’s generous gift and for their confidence in what The Excel Center can do in the Memphis community.


The Excel Center will offer hope to thousands of Memphis area students who have dropped out of high school, but want the chance to return to school and earn their high school diplomas. This free charter school for adults focuses on helping students graduate and plan ahead for a better future. Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana opened the first Excel Center in 2010 with 300 students; now, there are nine campuses with 3,000 students and 859 graduates. Due to its outstanding record of success, Memphis Goodwill is making plans to open Excel Centers in Memphis. Our business is changing lives, and the Excel Center will create exciting opportunities for the people in our communities. To learn more about The Excel Centers in Central Indiana visit http://www.excelcenter.org/.

  • Adult charter school is free to students
  • Students complete requirements to  earn high school diploma
  • Every student has a life coach
  • On-site child care is provided
  • Programs focus on earning credits and planning for post-secondary study or job training
  • Planning for long-term job opportunities


  • The Excel Center is designed to fit the life situations of adults, and is open morning, afternoon, and evenings year-round.
  • Students must meet all state academic requirements, but learning plans are individualized with aim to prepare student for “what comes next.”
  • Most students begin work toward a post-secondary credential in a field with greater than average growth potential and career opportunities.  In Indiana, the primary fields are logistics, health-related careers, and entry level IT careers.
  • Terms last eight weeks, and many classes integrate material from multiple disciplines to enable students to earn multiple credits from one course.  Some courses are available online, and one-on-one tutoring is available any time the school is open.
  • Each student has a “coach” who monitors academic progress and helps address barriers that might limit education attainment.
  • Free child care is available while students are in class. Other barrier factors addressed (transportation, employment/schooling balance)
  • State funding is based on enrollment and is sufficient to cover day-to-day operations.


  • 15.2% of adults in the U. S. lack a high school diploma.  In 2011, the unemployment rate for high school dropouts was 14.1%, compared with 9.4% for high school graduates.  Since the early 1970s, the share of jobs for high school dropouts has plunged from about 33% to 11%.  As a result, high school dropouts struggle to maintain employment and are more likely to live in unstable families, to receive public assistance, and to be incarcerated.
  • On average, compared with high school graduates, each dropout costs the U.S. economy $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity over his/her lifetime.
  • Future outcomes (e.g. annual income, unemployment rate) of GED recipients are no better than for high school dropouts.  Median earnings of a high school graduate are 41% higher than for a dropout.  Adding an industry-recognized certificate to a high school diploma will boost average earnings an additional 27%.


  • 28% poverty rate in Memphis
  • 40% of those in poverty are “working poor”
  • 20% of 16-24-year-olds are not in school or working
  • Only 69% of Memphis students have graduated in last five years
  • 7,200 high school drop-outs each year

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