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The EXCEL® Program, Inc. is a leading developer of educational curricula focused on 1) Study Skills, 2) Reading Comprehension and 3) Test Preparation for the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) and Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Established in Jacksonville, Florida in 1987, The EXCEL Programís mission is to serve as a vital resource to schools and tutoring businesses by providing comprehensive enrichment courses for students in grades 4 Ė 7 that help them achieve their academic potential throughout their educational careers. With over 20 years of research, development, field testing, and implementation, these state-of-the-art courses have helped thousands of students gain the academic advantage that allows them to excel in todayís educational environment.

The courses offered by The EXCEL® Program have been so successful in Jacksonville that we have decided to create an opportunity for students in other parts of the country to benefit from them. The courses are being taught in 12 schools and five tutoring businesses in seven states and expanding rapidly. Each course comes with a detailed scripted Teacherís Manuals with answer keys, transparencies or Power Point CD, student notebooks, games and activities to reinforce learning, extra resource information and toll-free telephone and email support. The course materials are so well organized and teacher-friendly that the courses are very easy to implement. New strategies and techniques are continually being researched, field-tested and provided to our schools and tutoring businesses.

The EXCEL® Programís courses provide an opportunity to make a significant impact on studentsí success in todayís educational system. We have a 20-year proven track record with measurable results. Now is the time to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. We can also show you how you can pay for your investment in the course materials with the first course offering.



About Us


Heath and Mary Ellen Whittle Mary Ellen Whittle, the founder and president of The EXCEL® Program, Inc., graduated from the University of Florida with both a B.A. and Masters of Education degree with a specialty in reading. She has served as a classroom teacher, Chapter I master reading teacher, reading specialist, reading tutor, consultant to Ginn & Company and an instructor at the University of North Florida. She has extensive experience in curriculum design. Mary Ellen has conducted numerous teacher and parent workshops and is a frequent speaker at educational conferences and conventions.


Heath Whittle, serves as Vice President and Marketing Director. He received his B.A. in Education and M.A. in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from Florida State University. He served as a professor of teacher education at the university level for 12 years and has over 30 years experience in curriculum design, classroom methods and training techniques.


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