Quick Facts

Goodwill Excel Center Graduates

School Overview

The Goodwill Excel Center Public Charter School offers high quality, tuition-free high school education for adult residents of the District of Columbia. Founded by Goodwill of Greater Washington, the school opened in August, 2016 to support the high number of adult residents who lacked a high school diploma. At the Goodwill Excel Center, students can earn a high school diploma and industry recognized certifications rather than a General Educational Development (GED) diploma.

School Location

1776 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Train Access

Farragut North, Farragut West, or Foggy Bottom 

Bus Access

80, 30, S2 and others

School location in Ward 2
* The Goodwill Excel Center

Student Demographics


Black & African American: 95%
Hispanic/Latino, any race: 2%
Asian: 1%
White: 1%
Two or More Races: 1%

At-Risk Students:  99%

Special Education:  13%

Enrollment & Graduation Rates

Average Annual Enrollment:  370

Total Graduates as of January 2020:  247

Average percentage of students earning industry recognized credentials:  98%

Percentage of students enrolled in college or employed six months after graduation:  71%

Gender & Age

Average Age: 31

Female: 69%     Male: 31%

School Enrollment By DC Wards

School Enrollment By DC Wards (Based on 2019-2020 audited enrollment)

School Enrollment By DC Wards
  • Ward 1) 7%
  • Ward 2) 1%
  • Ward 3) 1%
  • Ward 4) 6%
  • Ward 5) 12%
  • Ward 6) 10%
  • Ward 7) 33%
  • Ward 8) 30%

Excel Center Model

Structures and Practices for Student Success

Excel Center Model - Key Pillars
  • Flexible scheduling available to meet needs of working and busy adults;
  • No classes on Fridays, but all students can receive tutoring and coaching support;
  • 8 week terms are designed to accelerate credit attainment (5 terms per year);
  • Small class sizes with structured support;
  • Transportation assistance offered and facility is metro accessible;
  • On-site YMCA Child Development Center serves children 6 weeks- 3 years old (first come first serve basis) at no cost to student;
  • Mature learning environment: Student population is a mix of younger and older students;
  • Career training classes in Hospitality, Security & Protective Services, and Technology all resulting in employer recognized credentials;
  • Support enrolling in college and new careers up to six months after graduation; and
  • 2 graduation ceremonies per year.