The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning (Penticton EXCEL) was created by a group of parents who wanted more for their children. More than what public schools could offer. More than what they could offer by home-schooling. A learning centre designed and staffed specifically for autistic students with low support needs. A sensory-sensitive centre where students could augment their Ministry of Education curriculum with adaptive skills, social competency skills, and executive function skills. A centre without bullies. A centre where being "unique" is "normal".
This type of alternative education for students with autism is not new, but it is new to the South Okanagan. There are excellent private learning centres in which autistic students are thriving: our children deserve the chance to thrive too.
Penticton EXCEL is operated by The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning Society (an incorporated non-profit society).
The goal of the centre is not to profit by way of autistic families; the goal is to support and encourage our students so that they can excel.