Excel Academy (Conroe, Texas)
Excel Academy was a coeducational therapeutic boarding school located in Conroe, Texas, established circa 1998 and operated by the Aspen Education Group beginning in 2001. Excel Academy was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The school enrolled adolescents with behavioral issues and provided a college preparatory high school curriculum and treatment based on the 12-step philosophy. Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, Excel limited new enrollment to students with no history of conduct disorders and whose history included substance abuse as a primary issue. The school had required some students to wear orange jumpsuits, but the practice was discontinued in the 2007-2008 school year.
In January 2008 a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy who had been moonlighting at Excel Academy was fired by the county and indicted on charges of official oppression and unlawful restraint after an incident in which he was alleged to have thrown a male student to the ground, handcuffed him, and taken him to the county jail. At the jail, inmates reportedly undressed the boy and applied Vaseline to his back. In April 2009 the policeman was sentenced to 30 days in jail and one year of deferred adjudication.
In October 2008 Aspen Education Group announced that Excel Academy of Texas would close as of November 21, 2008.
- Schools & Program Visits - Feb, 2000 Issue #66: Excel Academy, by Lon Woodbury, Woodbury Reports
- The New EXCEL Academy of Texas, press release by Don Vardell, published in Woodbury Reports, Inc., February 6, 2008
- SACS CASI Accredited Schools m Southern Association of Colleges and Schools website (accessed February 13, 2008)
- Deputy Charged Over Alleged Discipline, By Carl Willis, KPRC Local 2, January 25, 2008
- Ex-officer sentenced for official oppression, By Lucretia Cardenas, Conroe Courier News, April 27, 2009
- Letter Regarding Excel Academy of Texas' Consolidation of Services, strugglingteens.com website, October 9, 2008
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