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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!

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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

​NEWS & EVENTS

Middle school students write, direct and perform show at Long Wharf Theatre

December 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Middle school students write, direct and perform show at Long Wharf Theatre

By Randall Beach, New Haven Register NEW HAVEN — During a performance Friday at Long Wharf Theatre, eight middle schoolers grappled with the complexity of portraying evil characters who learn to work together and appreciate [...]

Activity Day and Open House with CELC Middle School and Bushy Hill Nature Center!

December 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Activity Day and Open House with CELC Middle School and Bushy Hill Nature Center!

Join us Saturday, 20 January 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 28 School Street, Branford. Families are invited to attend! Find out about Connecticut's Only Experientially-based Middle School (5th through 8th grade). Meet Bushy Hill [...]

  • National Geographic Bee - 30 years

CELC Hosts Local Competition of the 2018 National Geographic Bee

December 5th, 2017|Comments Off on CELC Hosts Local Competition of the 2018 National Geographic Bee

For the 30th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. [...]