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2017-2018 GDPSW Student Policy Handbook >>

Excel Wellness Policy >>

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Notice of Pending Litigation >>

2017-2018 GDPSW Complaint Form >>

School Report for 2016-2017 >>

Excel Public Charter School’s Meal Charge Policy

Student’s hunger has negative implications for their learning during school. Our goal is that every student is in school and ready to learn. Regardless of a student’s lunch status or the balance in their account, students reserve the right to receive a nutritionally balanced meal per federal National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program guidelines. Students will not be denied meal service at Excel Public Charter School for any reason.

Families at Excel Public Charter School can pay for their school meals the following ways: cash, check (payable to Excel Public Charter School), or via credit card online at . Cash and check may be submitted during the meal service line, or at the front desk or admin office at any time in the school day.

Excel Public Charter School sends home printed meal balance statements at the end of every week, as well as during quarterly report card conferences. If payment is not immediately received, families are contacted personally to set up payment plans and discuss payment options. If payment is not received by the end of the academic school year, families may not collect their scholar’s final report card until the balance has been paid off or a payment plan has been established.

Families are notified of the charge policy at the beginning of each school year during the schoolwide orientation, through printed notifications, automated calls, and emails, as well as in person when families fill out a Free and Reduced Meal application.

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Student Support Services

Special Education

What is it?

  • Special education is the term for the federal law titled the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA). The law provides students with disabilities instructional services and other supports needed to ensure they are able to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).

Who is it for?

  • For students who have a disability that causes an adverse educational impact which requires specially designed instruction to remediate. Disabilities and eligibility requirements are defined in the Washington State Administrative Codes (WACs). All students must be evaluated and found eligible for and in need of special education services before they can receive support through this program.

Who do I contact for more information?

  • Special education teachers and speech language pathologists are the student's case managers. Contact your building principal, school psychologist, SLP, or special education teacher for more information about this program. You may also discuss student concerns with your school child study team.


  • Please contact the Student Support Department at 253.363.0248 if you would like to refer a student for an evaluation.


English Learners

The Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program (TBIP) provides English language instruction for eligible students. Eligible students have a primary language other than English and have been determined eligible based on the Washington Language Proficiency Test, Second Edition and the computer based English Language Proficiency Assessment 21 (ELPA21). TBIP staff members provide instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to eligible students.

El Programa de Instrucción Bilingüe de Transición (TBIP) ofrece cursos de idioma Inglés para los estudiantes elegibles. Los estudiantes elegibles tienen un idioma primario que no sea Inglés y se han determinado sobre la base del derecho de Washington lingüística de ensayo, Segunda edición. TBIP funcionarios proveer instrucción en lectura, escritura, hablar, y escuchar a los estudiantes elegibles.



Americans with Disabilities Act (Section 504)

What is it?

  • Section 504 is a federal civil rights law that is designed to eliminate discrimination against students with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal funds. Under Section 504, school districts are required to provide the accommodations that eligible students need in order to access district services.

Who is it for?

  • Students who have, have a record of having, or a regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life function that impacts the student's ability to access district services.

Who do I contact for more information?

  • School counselors are Section 504 student case managers. Contact your building principal or school counselors for more information about Section 504 or to discuss a potential Section 504 referral.


Homeless Support (McKinney-Vento)

What is it?

  • The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act provides services to students who are experiencing homelessness. The purpose of McKinney-Vento is to provide homeless students school stability, school access, and support for academic success.

Who is it for?

  • Students eligible for McKinney-Vento services lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes students who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason students who are living in hotels, motels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations living in emergency or transitional shelters abandoned in hospitals living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, etc. migratory children living in above circumstances

Who do I contact for more information?

  • Contact your building principal, school counselor, or the district homeless liaison at 253.363.0248 if you have or are a student who is currently homeless.



Excel Public Charter School conducts activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students with a suspected disability in need of special education services including those who are not currently receiving special education and related services and who may be eligible for those services.

School services include screening in areas of suspected disabilities, such as vision, hearing, motor skills, speech, language, and general development. Evaluations in the schools are provided for a range of suspected disabilities including but not limited to learning disabilities, speech and language development, intellectual disabilities,  emotional/behavioral disabilities.


For more information about student support services available for Excel students, please contact:

Theresa Taft
Student Services Program Administrator, Green Dot Washington
1301 East 34th Street
Tacoma, WA 98404

Office: 253.382.2400
Cell: 253.363.0248
Fax: 253.270.5300

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Excel Public Charter School

19300 108th Avenue Southeast,

Kent, WA 98031

Phone: (253) 487-7530