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Common questions and the answers

Q. Where do students go after CELC?

A.  Students attend both public and private high schools of their/family’s choosing.  A broad range of high schools are considered, including local public high schools, Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet, Common Ground High School, Educational Center for the Arts, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hopkins School, Hyde School of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, Lyman Hall High School, Notre Dame High School, Renaissance School, Sacred Heart Academy, The Sound School, Williams School.

Q.  How do CELC students apply to private schools or transfer back into the local public system?

A.  CELC students may apply to private schools by following the standard application guidelines required by individual schools.    For public schools, parents must register a student within the public school system.  Each school district has different requirements.  Students entering both private and public high schools often will need to take placement tests in order to be appropriately placed in Math and/or English.  Depending on the particular school policy, CELC teacher recommendations may be enough to determine placement.  CELC progress reports give detailed information about student progress and are used in the application process.

Q.  How well do CELC graduates do as they move to high school?

A.  CELC alumni often keep in communication and at times visit to share their experiences with “life after CELC”.  Students report that they feel very well prepared academically, socially, in being able to advocate for themselves, staying well organized with keeping track of assignments, and in getting involved with clubs and extra-curricular experiences. Students often take higher level classes and receive honors and/or high honors.

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Listen to CELC alumni and parents answer these questions and more:


“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