What is EXCEL & CAPS?

EXCEL is an innovative high school program dedicated to helping students test drive careers in four major areas: construction, medical professions, technology, and teacher cadet. We have partnered with local Little Rock businesses to educate the workforce of tomorrow for high skill, high demand jobs. Through EXCEL students have the opportunity to solve real problems using industry standard tools, while being mentored by community professionals. Students can earn high school and college credits, industry certifications, and internships.

Careers for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)


We are members of  CAPS, an international network centered on five core principles:


Profession-based Learning

Instructors develop real-world, project-based learning strategies through collaborations with business and community partners. These interactions enhance the learning experience, preparing students for college and career.


CAPS supports high-skill, high-demand careers through ongoing innovation in curriculum development, programs and services based on local business and community needs.

Self-Discovery and Exploration

Students realize their strengths and passions by exploring and experiencing potential professions. This allows them to make informed decisions about their future, while learning to exhibit leadership.

Professional Skills Development

Unique experiences allow students to cultivate transformative professional skills such as understanding expectations, time management and other essential business values. These skills are critical to providing students a competitive advantage in their post-secondary education and professional careers.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Instructors create an environment where creative thinking and problem solving is encouraged. An innovative culture is key to fostering entrepreneurial learning and design thinking.

Earn FREE College Credit

Generous donations from community partners allow EXCEL to offer concurrent college credit at no charge to students. This means for each EXCEL course, students can earn both high school and college credit–up to six hours each year. Students are advised to check with colleges/universities to ensure credit will transfer.

View Course Codes 2018-19 Doc to see specific courses and qualifying ACT scores and GPA.