How It Works
Personalized Elementary Path / TK-6th Grade
In this path, students are educated in the independent study model, where the parent/guardian is the primary teacher, and the Excel Teacher of Record (ToR) oversees the student's education. Parents are able to choose from a selection of curriculum based on the student's needs (curriculum may include online and textbook based options). Once a month, the student, parent, and ToR will meet together to review the student's body of work and discuss the student's progress.
- Independent study model
- Curriculum options range from online learning to textbook-based learning
- Parent is the primary educator
- Regular oversight by Teacher of Record
- Monthly Learning Period meetings
The Personalized Elementary Path may be a good fit for your family if:
- Student is in TK-6th grade
- Parent is able to be the primary teacher
- Student is able to work independently
- Family desires a more personalized approach to the student's education
Yes. Students and their parent meet with the TOR every 20 days to turn in work samples, so the TOR can ensure that learning is happening in the home.
Although the parent is the primary teacher for the student, each family is partnered with a Teacher of Record, who is a credentialed teacher. They're there to guide and support you and your student in their education, as well as ensure that they are completing their work and are meeting state standards. Can my student participate in Community Events and Field Trips?
Yes. Every student is able to participate in community activities and field trips.
If you have more than one student in TK-6th grade on the Personalized Elementary path, they will have the same Teacher of Record. Any additional students in 7th-12th grade will have a different ToR.
No; students cannot mix and match elements from different paths.
Yes. Each student will receive a budgeted amount of instructional funds to use on curriculum, extracurricular activities and class materials. Fund amounts may vary based on grade level and path.
Excel Academy follows the Independent Study education model. This means that learning primarily takes place in the home with the parent as the primary teacher. We have credentialed Teachers of Record located throughout the counties that we serve. Each family is paired with a ToR to guide and oversee their educational process. The only physical location that we have is administrative offices located in Irvine, CA.
No. This path uses the Independent Study educational model. This means that learning primarily takes place in the home with the parent as the primary teacher. Each family is paired with a credentialed Teacher of Record who they meet with monthly to check in and turn in work samples. The ToR guides and oversees the educational process. Additionally, families have the option of using some of their instructional funds on in-person classes through a community partner.
We are a tuition-free public charter school. Additionally, families receive a certain amount of budgeted instructional funds per student per year from the state to be used to purchase curriculum and materials.
No. Enrollment is based on a first come, first served basis, depending on the date a completed application is received and approved AND the space and availability we have of a ToR in your geographic area. A student is officially enrolled when the parent AND student have signed a Master Agreement with a ToR.
Yes, but only at the semester break. Student cannot switch paths mid-semester.
Yes. We have a Special Education program, and we provide a variety of services based on a student's IEP. Students with IEPs cannot participate in independent study unless it is deemed an appropriate instructional placement. The CDE provides explicit rules regarding the admission of students with IEPs into independent study:
Special education students may not participate in independent study unless it is specified as an instructional method in their individualized education program (IEP). EC Section 51745(c)
For more information, please see our Special Education page.