Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School
5.00 (4 reviews)
Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Photo #3 - Decorating for Branford Community Dining Room
Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Photo #4 - CELC students at the DNA Epicenter
Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Photo #5 - Nantucket biking adventure as part of the "Exploration and Discovery" theme year.
Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Photo #6 - CELC students are Finalist Award Winners at the 2014 CT State Science Fair
Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Photo #7 - CELC Middle School visiting Hildene Lincoln Family Home and Pullman Car Manchester, Vermont
Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School Photo #8 - CELC Middle School Aboard Boundless with Different Drum Sailing Adventures
- CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) A Middle School that Makes a Difference Designed to empower youth, CELC`s curriculum offers innovative opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
- Presenting young people with the chance to interact through genuine experience prompts thoughtfulness and common sense.
- There is room for discussion, logic, imagination, and experimentation uncertainty and shyness move towards confidence and accomplishment.
- Authentic new learning is supported each day, serving as a bridge to give the academic and developmental needs a place to emerge, grow, and flourish.
- Students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children thrive during these important and pivotal 5th-8th grade years.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Other special emphasis association(s)|
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
|Grades Offered||Grades 5-8|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||Mild Learning Differences, Gifted, Twice Exceptional (2e), Dyslexia, Processing Issues|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Total Students||25 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 22%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||10 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||3:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||8 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$20,950|
|Tuition Notes||limited financial aid|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Melinda Alcosser|
- CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) MIddle School provides an energizing, personalized, and significant middle school experience for each student. Small in size, lasting in impact, CELC prides itself on teaching the value of being productive members of the local community and constructive citizens of the world.
- In keeping with the best practices for adolescent learners, considerable attention is given to connecting individual curricular areas to overarching themes. Students explore essential questions that unite broad areas of knowledge, relate historical concepts and trends to current events and their own experiences, refine their research and writing skills and have opportunities to work both independently and cooperatively. Math, Science, Language Arts, U.S. History and Current Events are integrated with, and enriched by, the curriculum in the areas of Environmental Studies and Leadership Training, Peace Studies, Music, Art, Drama, Cooking and Service Learning.
- Through the outdoor education program, students are encouraged to extend beyond their personal comfort levels in a demanding yet supportive environment. Hiking, backpacking, skiing, kayaking, and outdoor survival training provide opportunities to utilize newfound skills and levels of assuredness.
- Faculty and guests artists bring expertise in diverse areas, designed to broaden a student`s perspective and understanding.
- The intention of CELC is to challenge students and nurture their highest potential. By providing a community based in the guiding principles of integrity and individual learning, the innate desires of all children to learn, grow, communicate and create are honored.
- CELC also offers a variety of workshops and special events throughout the year for students and parents.
- To schedule a visit or for more information, email mandm@CTExperiential.org Visit us online www.CTExperiential.org to subscribe to our mailing list.
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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Orange Grades: PK-8 | 183 students
261 Derby Ave
Orange, CT 06477
(203)795-5261 13.5 PK-8
- Allen Park Grades: NS-5 | 217 students
4141 Laurence Ave
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313)382-2777 542.8 NS-5
- Ann Arbor Grades: 6-12 | 525 students
850 Greenhills Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734)769-4010 567.1 6-12
A very interesting choice for middle school: CELC provides a far greater range of growth experiences than possible for a traditional school. Academics are differentiated and based on readiness and ability rather than grade/age. The small size made me nervous at first, but it offered many advantages, like being able to get out of the classroom (this year's class went on day and overnight trips to New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and all over Connecticut), true differentiation, and also community-building (the students are more like a family than a typical student body). Students have opportunities to learn from true experts - theater at Long Wharf, Spanish from a teacher in Guatemala (via Skype), and woodworking, music, yoga and mindfulness from professionals. They regularly worked at an organic farm, served meals at the Community Dining Room and had outdoor education at Bushy Hill and Common Ground. My child ended his year with many new experiences under his belt and a surprising amount of knowledge about the modern world.
- Posted by Parent - Christine Dokko
This school offers each child individual attention. The ability of the students to have regular "hands on" instruction, is key to learning, and keeps kids engaged. I can not say enough about this school, its teachers, and the links it has to community involvement. Children who attend, are provided with amazing, real life opportunities for learning.
- Posted by Parent - Nicholas Vucelic
CELC offers differentiation to help each individual child grow and each his or her potential. They have a creative curriculum that links classroom learning with real world experience. The teachers are amazing at helping students become more independent and accountable, while providing a safe environment. I highly recommend CELC.
- Posted by Parent - Michelle Reynolds
I am a retired elementary school teacher of twenty three years. I have worked with CELC since their beginnings at our small, organic farm on environmental and agricultural education with a focus on sustainable living. I have also taught language arts in the their classroom. From day one, I have been impressed with the teachers'' presentation, expectations, and accountability of both academic and experiential programs. Maria and Melinda have a well thought out and planned curriculum, intentionally designed to address academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each child. And each child has very different needs in each of these four realms. This type of education is almost non-existent in our society but oh so necessary. It addresses the whole child and all of his or her needs. I have been impressed with the maturity, focus, and productivity of these young people when they come to our farm. They come to learn but they also come to work. And they do work as they learn. They share camaraderie, laughs, and knowledge amongst themselves in a respectful manner. On occasion, when disrespect is observed by the teachers it is addressed immediately in the context of the experience. It is not tabled or ignored and replaced by a future, theoretical, group discussion. Though that may happen additionally. CELC kids learned how to speak with confidence during conversations with peers and adults, when asking a question or when doing a major academic presentation. They also learn to listen patiently and intently so they can respond in a thoughtful way. In my opinion and from my experience this is the way education should be. The CELC kids will, no doubt, look back on their experience with Maria and Melinda and see how important it was to their future growth, maturity, and success in our world community. Rob Cole-Whiffen
- Posted by Teacher - rlcw
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