X-Cel Education

Filed Under: Education
7 Glenvale Terrace
Jamaica Plain, ma 02130
Phone: 617-504-6261
Who to Contact
Don Sands

The X-CEL School offers pre HiSET, HiSET, and College Prep classes at several four locations in Boston. Most of the classes have “rolling admissions” so that students can begin at any time. This was done in part to make it possible for returning citizens to begin classes no matter when their incarceration ended. Classes are small and each student advances through the skill levels at his or her own pace.

STRIVE: This program is a collaboration between STRIVE Employment Services and X-Cel. STRIVE operates a 5-week job readiness program, which runs Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. The program focuses on changing the participants’ behavior and attitude so that they will be successful in securing employment and keeping it.

Integrated into STRIVE’s 9 – 5 program, X-Cel comes in twice a week for two hours each day to provide reading and math classes in preparation for the HiSet exam. At the end of the five-week cycle, STRIVE participants who lack a high-school diploma, are then referred to one of X-Cel’s community-based HiSet prep classes. The reading and math classes at STRIVE/Codman Square are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm – 4pm. Also see the STRIVE Directory Listing.

X-Cel Conservation Corps breaks the cycle of poverty by preparing Boston youth for careers in water management and conservation that lead to economic self-sufficiency. Key components of the X-Cel Conservation Corps include workforce readiness development, paid conservation projects to improve water quality and build environmental resilience in Eastern Massachusetts, classes to prepare for wastewater operator license, and paid internships in the water management field.

Service hours

Morning classes Mon-Thurs. 10:am-12:30pm
Evening classes Mon.-Wed. 6-9:30PM

No walk ins. Must make appointment for intake.

Other Locations

Physical location is at 39 Smith Street, Second Floor, Roxbury MA 02119

They are no longer holding classes at any other locations at this time.

Requirements & Restrictions

Must be 18 or older.

For GED: must be able to read at 4th grade level.

For College Prep: must have GED or High School Diploma.

Waiting time
Open enrollment (no waiting list)



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Last updated November 14, 2022


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