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    Principal - Lila Brown 
    Assistant Principals - Dr. Keshia Dixon-Mosley
    Administrators - 2   |   Counselors - 2   

    Mission - EXCEL in character and education for life

    - To offer learning experiences beyond the realm of traditional school to develop critical thinkers, problem solvers, and viable, competent citizens


    330 Tomlinson St., McDonough, GA 30253   |   Main# 770.957.4101   |   Fax# 770.957.0372


    *2021-2022 Enrollment

  •  Highlights

    The following school highlights are just a few of the things that make EXCEL Academy an amazing place to learn and grow! These four items should allow you to see the rigorous learning, diverse experiences, and supportive culture that exists in our school. In Henry County Schools, we believe in giving every student a high quality, world-class education and we believe these highlights display our passion and commitment to do just that.

    EA picStudent Outcomes
    EXCEL, originally named Patrick Henry High School, was founded in 1993. as a program for students removed from their traditional school for disciplinary reasons. In the early 2000s, Patrick Henry High School became an accredited school and moved to the old Stockbridge High School building to support continued growth. In 2015, the name was changed to EXCEL Academy and moved to the recently vacated McDonough Elementary building, where it remains today. Currently, EXCEL Academy operates as a 6-12 school and serves students who have been referred through a disciplinary hearing. The foundation of the EXCEL experience is the authentic relationships that develop between our students and staff. Cultivate, Grow, Harvest:    
    Our school’s philosophy is to cultivate, grow and harvest our student’s academic and social-emotional needs. EXCEL Academy focuses on student learning, commitment to high expectations, and collaboration. It is important to the faculty and staff at EXCEL that students receive a quality education within a safe, respectable learning environment. The academic emphasis in the areas of reading, writing, english, mathematics, science, and social studies are priorities, as well as us providing a learning program that builds on the social and emotional needs of our students via our wraparound services.

    EA picStudent Opportunities 
    The hallmark of Patrick Henry HS/EXCEL was a seat-time waiver which allowed students the opportunity to complete a course after demonstrating mastery rather than at the end of a term. Often when students arrived, they were struggling academically and were behind on credits. Using the seat time waiver, teachers were able to deliver direct instruction individually or in small groups. This tradition continues today at EXCEL Academy with many of our students enrolling at our school needing specialized academic support and accelerated opportunities to earn graduation credits.
    For the 2020-21 school year, EXCEL Academy served high school students in grades 10-12 for an evening recovery program called HERO. Students that participated in the HERO program were given the opportunity to recover course credits in five-week mini-mesters. We are excited to continue the HERO program for the 2021-22 school year. In addition for 2021-22, EXCEL Academy will provide instruction for individuals who are older than the typical high school student through our Graduation Recovery Program. The Graduation Recovery Program allows students that are not on a traditional graduation track to complete required courses and obtain a high school diploma.

    EA picClimate and Culture
    After experiencing success at EXCEL Academy and benefiting from our specialized program, students often ask to stay at the school once their disciplinary time has been completed. In response, EXCEL offers a volunteer program. Each semester, students are given the opportunity to apply. The application process includes an essay and a teacher recommendation (if they are/were previously enrolled at EXCEL) or an interview with a panel of teachers (if they are a HCS student not currently enrolled at EXCEL). The application process is competitive and not every applicant was accepted. Specific academic and behavior expectations are maintained for accepted students, and both students and parents sign contracts acknowledging their understanding of the criteria.

    For the 2020-21 school year, we are excited that the volunteer option for students will begin in the fall. Students will have the opportunity to complete the remaining course requirements at EXCEL Academy. Many of our students that attend EXCEL feel the smaller class sizes and relationships with staff members work for their individual learning and social-emotional needs.

    EXCEL Academy has always had a very special graduation ceremony, which is held inside at the Henry County Performing Arts Center in McDonough. At graduation, many EXCEL students tell compelling stories detailing how they came to EXCEL and why they chose to stay and graduate from there. Graduation is the time our graduates get to share and tell their educational and personal stories.

    EA pic Extracurriculars
    We expect EXCEL students to become leaders and promote agency. Students positively participate in groups, community service activities, mentoring sessions, business education seminars, Key Club, Garden Club, and passion projects. In addition, our students are exposed to college and career tours, community speakers, and in-house community field trips. We believe all students can be successful and benefit from cultural diversity and global responsibilities.
    Many of our students have secured and completed jobs while attending EXCEL Academy as part of their exit criteria.  
  •  Opportunities

    At EXCEL Academy, we believe in providing world-class support and systems for the students of Henry County Schools. We do this through providing effective academic instruction with caring adults bridging academic and social-emotional goals for our students. We offer several unique opportunities to our students and we are proud of the positive impact we have on our school and our community. Just a few of these opportunities are listed below and are a small example of the amazing work that we do each day! 

    Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

    • We incorporate Second Step and School Connect into daily SEL lessons
    • Weekly group focused SEL lessons


    • We build relationships with our students to support their academic, mental, and social growth


    Student Accountability Rubric

    • An EXCEL rubric we use to guide our students that included the following information)
          - Attendance
          - Discipline referrals
          - Community service
          - Mentoring Participation
          - Small group counseling
         - Maintaining and performing          school job

     Restorative Practices

    • A restorative circle often takes place prior to enrolling students who have previous grievances
    • Students learn how to coexist in the same environment and to understand how their actions impact others



     Small Class sizes

    • Our student to teacher ratio is typically much smaller than traditional HCS classes, allowing us to prioritize each student’s learning based on their unique data

    Exit Interviews

    • Students may earn an early release from EXCEL academy (depending on the infraction) based on completion of the Student Accountability Rubric and their plans for positive reenrollment at their home school