Hands-on real-life learning!
Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) of Branford combines exceptional academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences for 5th – 8th grade students.
CELC offers an experiential environment within right-sized classes designed to personalize learning. Middle school becomes an exciting adventure when the academics are integrated with field experiences, within and beyond the classroom walls.
Our 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 impactful 5th- 8th grade years.
The intention of the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is to challenge students and nurture their highest potential. By providing a learning community based in the guiding principles of respect, integrity, responsibility and individual learning, the innate desire of all children to learn, grow, communicate, and create is honored.
“CT Experiential Learning Center is middle school at its best!”
CT Experiential Learning Center is a proud member of the Coalition of Essential Schools.
Middle School Matters
The years between elementary school and high school are pivotal years for personal and academic development. Parents know that in these years critical questions will be answered:
* will my child drift as a student, or will he find his own desire to learn?
* will peer pressure drive my child, or will she find her own compass?
* will my child have a narrow view of the world, or will it expand?
CELC was founded in 2009 by educators Maria Mortali and Melinda Alcosser to provide instruction for students ages ten – fourteen in a variety of subject areas that comprise a comprehensive middle school education. In addition to rigorous academics and learning within a classroom setting, CELC offers students many hands-on and real-world learning opportunities that take them beyond the classroom and into the world. CELC incorporates both in- and out-of-state travel as well as travel to other cultures and countries.
CELC is located at 28 School Street (2nd floor) in Branford, Connecticut and serves families from towns in the shoreline area and parts of internal Connecticut. The program is designed to have a low teacher student ratio, with a maximum of thirteen students and two main instructors. Individuals are met where they are and challenged, based on their own ability and skill level. CELC is in session for thirty-four weeks from September to June, Monday – Friday.
Students are accepted into this program after an admissions process to determine whether this type of setting is a right fit. Student success comes with a commitment to participate and try new things, work hard, stretch and grow as individuals and as part of a community.
In addition to time spent in the classroom, CELC students are regularly offsite for the outdoor education and field experience portion of the program between the hours of 12:00 noon – 3:00p Tuesdays and Thursdays. Art classes are held Fridays onsite for one-third of the year and offsite for two-thirds of the year; students work with partnering organizations, such as Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven and Krowe’s Nest Studio in Durham.
CELC offers opportunities for homeschooled students, who apply to participate on a part-time basis. “Homeschool Mondays” is offered each trimester. Other opportunities for part-time students include Geography Bee practice sessions, drama classes, and hiking. CELC also shares with the public its Science Fair display and other interactive Share Days throughout the year.
Small in size yet lasting in impact, CELC prides itself on teaching children the value of being productive members of the local community and constructive citizens of the world.
Looking for a learning environment where your child can thrive?
CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is now accepting
applications for 2016-17 academic year.
For more information, contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658.
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