The Excel Center

• Tuition Free School for adults 18 and older
• Day & Evening Classes
• Life Coaches & Support Services
• Drop-In Child Care
• Free Transportation Assistance
• Average age of Excel Center Student: 29


Over 120,000 adults in Shelby County without a HS Diploma


High School drop-outs in Memphis each year


Earned by Excel Center graduates

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How to Enroll

Head over to our ENROLLMENT FORMS

Complete the CORRESPONDING form

Click SUBMIT once completed

You will receive a confirmation email from the EXCEL CENTER

Intent To Enroll Form

Campus Location

Campus Location: 1490 Norris Road

The Excel Center is located in the old Norris Road Elementary School building. 

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Building Success For Students

Day & Evening Classes with accelerated terms

Free Tuition

Every student has a
life coach

Career Certifications for JOBS

Transportation Assistance

Free, on-site
child drop-in center


of adults in the U.S. lack a High School diploma


More likely to live in poverty


in lost earnings, taxes and productivity per drop-out in a lifetime

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%.

Memphis Need

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Poverty rate in The City of Memphis, 2nd in US behind Detroit at 33.4% (2019 Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet - U of Memphis)


of those in poverty are “working poor”


of Memphis 16-24 year olds are not in school or working. Worst of the 98 largest cities in the Nation.


Graduation rate in Shelby County for past 5 years


HS dropouts in Memphis each year