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2019-2020 School Year

Registration for the 2019-20 school year will begin on April 29, 2019 for current participants and May 6, 2019 for new participants. Applications will not be accepted for the 2019-20 school year until registration opens. Further information on the registration process will be shared closer to the registration dates.

2018-2019 School Year

To register your child for the 2018-2019 EXCEL program, families need to complete and submit the below PDF EXCEL General Registration application. Applications may be scanned/emailed to:; faxed to 902-464-2074; or brought in person to the EXCEL office at 25 Alfred Street, Dartmouth, NS. Prioritization in the registration queue will be determined by the date and time the application is received in the EXCEL office. Applicants will be advised by email as to the status of their application.

Note: As you will note in the application, specific financial information will not be required to be included on this application. Upon acceptance to the program you will be asked to provide such over the phone.

2018-19 EXCEL General Registration Applicationclick here

2018-19 EXCEL Fee Scheduleclick here

2018-19 EXCEL Registration Flyerclick here

2018-19 Parent Handbookclick here

Parents Please Note: The EXCEL program is a recreational program offered by the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. The program currently operates from within 64 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 HRCE.

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 HRCE would encourage you to explore other potential options.