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​ACADEMICALLY RICH REAL-WORLD LEARNING

​Imagine the middle school years as joyful, exciting, boundless…

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford provides an energizing, personalized, and significant middle school experience. 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.

About CELC

“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!

Admission Information

​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

​NEWS & EVENTS

  • CELC at Abbey of Regina Laudis

Gratitude for The Abbey of Regina Laudis

April 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Gratitude for The Abbey of Regina Laudis

Visiting the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT is a significant part of every CELC year. CELC is fortunate to have established the relationship with this cloistered Benedictine community when one of our colleagues and [...]

1 May 2018 Free Parent Panel Discussion: Finding the Right School When Mainstream Does Not Fit

March 6th, 2018|Comments Off on 1 May 2018 Free Parent Panel Discussion: Finding the Right School When Mainstream Does Not Fit

During the time CELC parent Brendan Hemingway and his wife Susan were in-process of seeking an educational setting for their daughter, he was dismayed to find that many of his friends, parents like him, seemed [...]

Be Inspired with CELC Middle School!

March 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on Be Inspired with CELC Middle School!

Friday at Connecticut Experiential Learning Center:  Thank you, Evan DeCarlo, for working with our student writers. Thank you, Daniela Balzano, for your creative energy in bringing art to our CELC world! Gentle mindfulness and 108 Monkeys Yoga at CELC inspires [...]