Under the authority of the Juvenile Board, the Educational Services Division provides educational programs for expelled students, delinquent youth placed in a county-operated juvenile institution, and students on probation who want an alternative to the traditional high school campus. The Juvenile Probation Department is solely responsible for all programs of Excel Academy Charter School, the Excel Academy Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program, and The Opportunity Center.
Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP)
Students attending JJAEP have been expelled from one of 22 local school districts for criminal activity or serious misconduct in school. The JJAEP is funded by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), local and state school districts, and federal grants.
Excel Academy Charter School
All young people placed by the courts in Harris County juvenile detention and residential facilities are provided educational services under one, comprehensive academic program, Excel Academy Charter School, which is funded by the Texas Education Agency and state and federal grants.
Excel Academy Charter School provides a regular school year program and a summer school program enabling students to continuously improve their educational skills. The charter school focuses on student progression in core academic curriculum, TAKS/STAAR remediation, vocational education, and life skills and includes The Opportunity Center campus for currently and previously system involved young people who desire alternate education opportunities over a traditional high school modality.
Henry Gonzales, Executive Director of Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, serves as the Superintendent of Excel Academy.
The Education Support and Advocacy Services department advocates for improved educational services for probation-involved young people in community settings. Education Specialists and supervising attorneys provide tiered services to probation-involved young people to meet the unique needs of each young person and their family, maximize the reach of its services, build capacity for self-advocacy within the community, and that ensure zealous attorney representation is available when other efforts are insufficient.
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