ACCELerate Day and Evening Academy, Alabama’s first charter school, opened in the fall of 2017 with approximately 300 high school students grades 9th-12th from Mobile and Baldwin Counties. ACCEL targets students who are behind academically, have dropped out altogether, or are disengaged from the typical high school environment, with classes offered on both day and evening tracts to meet the needs of ACCEL’s students. The faculty and staff connect to students’ gifts and passions through personalized learning pathways that build students social and emotional well-being, academic skills, and professional mind sets.
The instructional design of ACCEL implements blended learning, success classes, learning labs and career and college preparatory curriculum. ACCEL scholars take a variety of advanced coursework including Advanced Placement and college dual enrollment classes in partnership with local two-year and four-year colleges. Students learn at their own pace offering the ability to graduate more quickly. They utilize a student support system to aid students on their path to success. Students have coaching which includes the monitoring of an individual success plan and individualized counseling.
The Daniel Foundation awarded $150,000 to help with start-up expenses to open Alabama’s first charter school.