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2017-2018 School Year

  • Early Registration (for current participants of the 2016-2017 school year) – Began at 8 am on Monday, April 24, 2017. (usernames & passwords required to access the online system).
  • General Registration – Begins at 8 am on Monday, May 1, 2017 (usernames & passwords will not be required to access the online system).

2017-18 Online Applicationclick here

2017-18 PDF of EXCEL Program Applicationclick here

2017-18 EXCEL Fee Scheduleclick here

2017-18 EXCEL Registration Flyerclick here

2017-18 Parent Handbookclick here

Parents Please Note: The EXCEL program is a recreational program offered by the Halifax Regional School Board. The program currently operates from within 62 elementary schools and serves as an option to parents for their children during out of school time, either before and/or after school. The EXCEL program was created in the interest of providing an option to families, when and where opportunities are available. Offering such a service however, is not a mandate of the HRSB.

The interest of families to participate in EXCEL continues to grow each year. EXCEL staff continually work with schools to identify available and suitable program space at each site. Such space is not plentiful given that the necessary work within schools does not end with the dismissal bell. Teachers continue important work within their classrooms at the end of each day, and extra-curricular activities and special events are regularly held in gymnasiums, libraries, and multi-purpose rooms. EXCEL utilizes space that does not conflict with these important and required functions. The educational needs of the schools always have priority.

Factors including availability of suitable program space; availability of staff to support participants; the safety of students, and EXCEL’s ability to provide a quality experience for the participants are considered when establishing program capacities. When and where demand exceeds capacities for an EXCEL program, waitlists are formed. These lists are used to understand the demand and to generate conversations that explore the possibility of program growth. With the interest of serving the families within our school communities, the EXCEL office operates twelve months of the year to ensure that waitlisted families are contacted in a timely manner regarding available opportunities for participation.

There are many quality child care and recreation program providers throughout our region. EXCEL is only meant to be one such option for a school community. If your child’s school does not offer EXCEL or if the registration is full, the HRSB would encourage you to explore other potential options.