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 the Excel Academy Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP), Excel Academy Charter School, and the Education Transition Center (ETC).
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 juveniles placed by the courts in detention and residential facilities are provided educational services under one comprehensive academic program, the Excel Academy Charter School, which is funded by the Texas Education Agency and state and federal grants.
The Charter School provides a regular school year program as well as a summer school program to enable students to continuously improve their educational skills. The Excel Academy focuses on student progression in the core academic curriculum, TAKS/STARR remediation, vocational education, and life skills. The Charter School also has a campus for juveniles on probation who desire an alternative to traditional high school. Thomas Brooks, the Executive Director of HCJPD also serves as the Superintendent of the charter school.
The Education Support and Advocacy Services department advocates for improved educational services for probation-involved youth in community settings. The Education Specialists and supervising attorneys provide tiered advocacy services to probation-involved youth to meet the unique needs of each youth and family, maximize the reach of its services, build capacity for self-advocacy within the community, and ensure zealous attorney representation is available when other efforts are insufficient.