X-CEL, Inc.
7 Glenvale Terrace, #2
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Telephone: 617-522-2590
Email: - Web site:


The X-CEL School offers HiSET and College Prep classes at several sites in Roxbury and Dorchester. 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.
HiSET classes at Log School and STRIVE/Ruggles.

Telephone for 617-522-2590 registration information.

Walk-ins are registered during class days and hours for evening classes
Mission Morning HiSET Class: M-Th, 10am - 12:30pm
Mission Main Community Center, Mission Hill
39 Smith St, 2nd floor, Roxbury
Orange line: Roxbury Crossing. Green line: Longwood.

Mattapan Morning HiSET Class: M and W, 10am - 12:30pm
Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center / Mattapan
950 Blue Hill Ave, Dorchester Center
Bus: #21, #22, #28, #29, #31

Ruggles Evening HiSET Class: M-W, 6:30pm - 9pm
STRIVE/Ruggles (inside Ruggles Station)
150 Forsyth St, Roxbury
Orange line: Ruggles Station

Log School Evening HiSET Class: Tu/Th, 6:30pm - 9pm
Log School Settlement House
222 Bowdoin St, Dorchester
Bus: #15 or #17.

Ruggles Evening College Prep Classes: M/W, 6pm - 9pm
STRIVE/Ruggles (inside Ruggles Station)
150 Forsyth St, Roxbury.
Orange line: Ruggles Station.

Mission Morning College Prep Class: Tu/Th, 10am - 1pm
Mission Main Community Center, Mission Hill
39 Smith St, 2nd floor, Roxbury
Orange line: Roxbury Crossing. Green line: Longwood.

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. Our reading and math classes at STRIVE/Codman Square are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm – 4pm. Also see the STRIVE Directory Listing.

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.




All classes taught in English.


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