ExCEL Program

The ExCEL Program, Hardin County Schools' Teen Parent/Child Development Program, is housed at John Hardin High School.  It is available to students enrolled in Hardin County Schools.  To receive the services, the student must enrol at John Hardin High School. 

If the student is currently attending Central Hardin or North Hardin High School, arrangements can be made to transfer to John Hardin High School to participate in this program.

The objectives of the ExCEL Program are:

  1. to provide a drop-out prevention program for new teen mothers
  2. to model quality programming for children from birth to age four 

The Goals of the ExCEL program at John Hardin High School are to:

  1. To assist teen mothers toward the completion of a high school education.
  2. To help teen parents meet the challenges of parenthood in a manner that will secure a healthy future for themselves and their children.
  3. To provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for children enrolled in John Hardin High School's ExCEL Program.
  4. To provide support services, inclusive of on-site child development center, a teen parent support group and access to community resources that foster the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of parent and child.

Students at Central Hardin or North Hardin High School interested in participating in the ExCEL Program should contact one of the guidance counselors at their school. 

Services provided by the program include:

  • A licensed child development facility located on the John Hardin High School Campus.
  • A teen parenting course designed to address the specific needs of each enrollee.
  • Assistance with in identification and access to community support.
  • Transportation to and from school for parent and child, if needed.
  • A teen parent support group with activities designed to address individual concerns of each student. 

The ExCEL Program is only open on days that Hardin County Schools is in session. 

Operating hours: 8:15a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wes Blair, Director of Alternative Programs
Sabrina Mackey,Teacher
Sarah P. Banker, Assistant
Diane Heath, Assistant
Lois Merry, Assistant