What is the EXCEL Program?

It’s not a traditional class — it’s an experience.

EXCEL is an innovative program dedicated to helping you envision your future after high school. Test drive careers in five major strands: construction, medical professions, technology, education & training, and photography & digital media. EXCEL partners with local businesses to provide you with meaningful professional experience to enhance your ability to succeed in the workforce. Through EXCEL, you will have the opportunity to solve real problems in the industry and be mentored by community professionals. You can even earn college credit!

How EXCEL works

Five of the +12 Career Pathways offered through Advanced Professional Studies are EXCEL programs. When you select one of the EXCEL career pathways, you start taking a sequence of courses 10th-12th grades. EXCEL classes are double-blocked, so you take classes in the AM A/B block or PM A/B block. LRSD provides transportation: students ride a bus to and from their home school to the EXCEL class site. Some EXCEL classes meet at Metro, and some EXCEL classes meet at partner locations, such as Baptist Health or the LR Tech Park.

EXCEL promotes project-based learning as well as the ability to participate in internship experiences and field trips. Regardless, of where classes meet, as an EXCEL student, you will learn by getting involved in the community around you.

What is CAPS?

EXCEL is proud to be a part of the nationally recognized Center for Advanced Professional Studies, or CAPS, network. Across the country, students like you are moving confidently into their future and immersing themselves in professional culture — solving real-world problems, using industry-standard tools, and building relationships with local employers.

CAPS is centered on five core principles:

  • Profession-based Learning
  • Responsiveness
  • Self-Discovery and Exploration
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset