Frequently Asked Questions
To learn more about the Excel Adult High School program, please review these questions and answers:
Excel Adult High School is an accredited high school that offers a fully online high school diploma program, available through your literacy center. This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students.
The program is free to eligible adults who qualify for a scholarship award from the literacy center. Learn how to get started.
Adults residing within the local literacy center service area who have successfully completed 8th grade and wish to earn their high school diploma. Students under age 16 should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.
Age requirements may vary among local literacy centers, so be sure to contact the literacy center for eligibility requirements.
No, this is not a GED® program. Successful graduates will earn an official high school diploma through an accredited, state-recognized high school.
If you passed any part of the GED, HiSET®, or TASC, you can request that your high school equivalency transcripts be evaluated and applied toward your accredited high school diploma through Excel Adult High School.
Yes, Excel Adult High School accepts transfer credits for courses completed at other accredited high schools, home schools, colleges, or successfully passed portions of the GED®, HiSET®, or TASC. To receive transfer credit, Excel Adult High School requires an official transcript.
After you complete the two-week prerequisite course and enroll in the full Excel Adult High School program, you should request transcripts from your high school and/or GED, HiSET, or TASC exams are sent to the office of the registrar for evaluation. The registrar’s office will audit your transcripts and apply credits for any coursework you’ve previously completed that fulfills credit transfer requirements.
You can transfer up to 16 credits.
A minimum of six courses (6.0 credits) must be completed with Excel Adult High School to meet graduation requirements and earn the high school diploma.
To request credit for standardized exams, go to the GED website to request your GED transcript, HiSET transcript, or TASC transcript.
If your state doesn’t issue a transcript for GED, HiSET, or TASC test results, please contact the Excel Adult High School enrollment team at email@example.com.
While the GED, HiSET, or TASC, and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them. The most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions, and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept the GED, HiSET, or TASC. In addition to providing a high school diploma, Excel Adult High School gives students the benefit of career-ready and college courses to help them progress in the job market and college.
Absolutely! Excel Adult High School graduates will earn a state-recognized, accredited high school diploma that is accepted by employers, colleges, and the military. Graduates from Excel Adult High School are well prepared for the next stage in life.
A successful online learner must be a motivated self-starter and committed to the success of their education. While Excel Adult High School offers a world-class education, it is ultimately up to the student to succeed. That can only be achieved by putting forth a lot of effort. Like anything, the more you put into your education the greater the benefit.
Excel Adult High School employs highly qualified instructional and support staff. Support services are available to all Excel Adult High School students during normal school hours via phone, online chat, or by submitting a support ticket through the learning management system. We’re here to support your learning. Excel Adult High School offers students unlimited, online live, one-on-one tutoring through Train the Brain.
Yes, students appreciate the flexibility of online learning. Courses are available anytime, 24/7, according to your schedule and pace. Excel Adult High School courses are offered 100 percent online. All you need is a computer and the desire to succeed in the high school program.
A working desktop computer or laptop. Whether you’re a Mac user or prefer a PC, it’s essential to have a reliable computer. Smart devices are useful for some schoolwork, but many assignments and all final exams must be taken using a computer or laptop.
Yes, Excel Adult High School has English language learner tools built into each course that provide side-by-side translation to many major languages, as well as an audio reader to help students who need help with comprehension.
Great news! Excel Adult High School uses digital textbooks for all online courses; however, the language arts classes may require novels, which you can access online or check out of your local library.
Students will be given up to 24 months to complete the online high school program, which will consist of 21.5 credits. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 16 credits from previous accredited high school, home school, or state equivalency exams.
Depending on how many credits the student can transfer, the program can be completed in as few as three to six months. The average time to complete it is 12 months. Online courses are self-paced. On average, it takes about three to six months for adult students to complete a grade level.
For example, if the student:
- Completed through 11th grade or higher: 3–6 months
- Completed through 10th grade: 5–9 months
- Completed through 9th grade: 6–12 months
- Completed no high school credits: 12–18+ months
Yes, Excel Adult High School offers adult students up to seven ACE (American Council on Education) courses, which equals 21 college credits (three credits per course). Students can take an ACE course and receive both high school and college credit. For example, a student could take ACE American Government or ACE Biology to satisfy the Excel Adult High School core social studies or science credit, respectively. Once the student is enrolled and courses are assigned, the student can send a direct message via the ticketing system or call the school to have an ACE course replace the core high school course. A student must complete the ACE course with a passing grade of 70 percent or higher.
Learn more about transferring ACE courses to a college or university. We recommend you check with the college advisor or registrar at the school you intend to enroll to verify that your ACE courses will transfer for credit.
Excel High School, part of Excel Education Systems was founded in 2005 and is the first fully online, accredited school district in the state of Minnesota. Excel High School has a long history of providing adult high school programs for learners in need of an accredited high school diploma. Excel’s main campus is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and has staff and instructors in 40 states. Excel serves students in all 50 states and many nations across the world. Excel is an award-winning school designed to offer flexible, online learning.
Excel Adult High School is accredited by Cognia, the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). View their accreditation profile.
Cognia is a nationally recognized accrediting agency dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide. Cognia provides accreditation, research, and professional services to 34,000 schools and school systems—employing more than 4 million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.
Excel Adult High School is accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. See MSA-CESS for more details.
Excel Adult High School is committed to the success of its graduates as they advance in the workplace or post-secondary education and training. Alumni of the Excel Adult High School program who have questions regarding their transcripts or meeting college admissions requirements may call 800.620.3844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support. We’re always here to help!
Yes, all Excel Adult High School instructors are highly qualified, with many years of teaching experience in their field. Many of Excel's success coaches and academic support staff are located in Minnesota. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT. Excel also offers a 24/7 ticketing system for after-hours support. Staff is not exclusively assigned to a specific Literacy Center. The Excel Adult High School success coaches will welcome students initially and reach out to students through the Learning Management Center. Students may reach out for support as needed. The team of success coaches, tutors, and instructors partner together to ensure that students remain clear on program expectations, best practices and provide the student with a fantastic learning experience.
The literacy center is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs. The Literacy Center encourages you to visit our website and speak to the staff to help you find a local agency or resource that will best fit your needs.