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Benefits of a CELC Education

CELC Middle School is a school catering only to middle school aged students, using highly qualified specialist middle school teachers who discover and nurture the gifts of each student in and out of classroom learning environment.

  1. Small class sizes with highly personalized instruction offers an exciting environment that builds leadership, promotes a love of learning, and challenges students to think for themselves.
  2. Differentiated, social emotional education builds each student’s sense of self-esteem.
  3. The focus on out-of-classroom activities, including daily physical education, builds character within each student.
  4. Accelerated instruction as an alternative for students who need more challenge.
  5. Learning support for students who are disengaged and unmotivated in their current school.

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By the Numbers 

2009

Year Established

15

Maximum Class Size

6:1

Student to Teacher Ratio

70%

Students with Indexed Tuition

25 Years

Average Teaching Experience

85%

Faculty with Advanced Degrees

100%

Students Accepted to First Choice High Schools

High Schools Attended by CELC Graduates 

  • Branford High School
  • Common Ground High School
  • Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School
  • Daniel Hand High School
  • Educational Center for the Arts
  • Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • Guilford High School
  • Hopkins School
  • Long Trail School
  • Lyman Hall High School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Renaissance School
  • Sacred Heart Academy
  • The Sound School

Our Program

“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand.”

SCIENCE

WRITING

GRAMMAR

HISTORY

OUTDOOR EDUCATION

MUSIC

FIELD STUDIES

COMMUNITY SERVICES

LITERATURE

MATH

SPANISH

CULINARY ARTS

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​CELC … NOTHING TEACHES LIKE EXPERIENCE!  

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​WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT CELC!

“Life at CELC is unlike any other school. There is a place for any personality or learner. Through our everyday experiences we build relationships, and we become like a family. We go out into the world together. We work together and grow together. It is the best feeling to feel like you always have a place. You can just be you and find your place at CELC. It doesn’t matter what we are doing — hard and dedicated math, out in the woods, or walking the streets in Washington, D.C. – we always have a place to learn and have fun.”

Hannah, 8th-grade student at CELC

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​NEWS & EVENTS

  • Kroka Expeditions entrance "All Welcome Here" sign

Life and Learning at CELC Middle School of Branford

December 7th, 2021|Comments Off on Life and Learning at CELC Middle School of Branford

CELC Middle School (pronounced /selk/) offers experientially-based teaching as a way for students to involve themselves in learning beyond the walls of a traditional classroom. Learners are invited to participate in a strategically-designed format which [...]

  • CELC Middle School stdents group picture at campsite

Middle School Starts with an Expedition!

October 21st, 2021|Comments Off on Middle School Starts with an Expedition!

Traveling is an integral part of CELC Middle School’s curriculum, having no fewer than two extended travel components during each academic year.  This year for CELC’s beginning-of-the-year adventure students spend a week at Kroka Expeditions [...]

  • 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade CELC Middle School students laughing as they enjoy a team building game called "Group Knot"

When Middle School Works – Impressions from a Middle School Specialist

September 23rd, 2021|Comments Off on When Middle School Works – Impressions from a Middle School Specialist

So often the middle school years are considered awful.  Reasons for this can vary, but most adults associate that time in their lives with a sense of precariousness, and for some, even extreme anxiety.  When [...]