Getting ready for a new academic year at CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is a magical time.   In addition to planning for academic classes, where students will take on challenges in different subject areas, we schedule field experiences, guest artists, and student travel.  These set the tone, energy, and nuance that shape the year’s unfolding.  Planning in conjunction with this year’s theme of Exploration and Discovery allows for an in-depth look at one’s self and the myriad of connections to others and the world.

Building community is an essential start to any year.  We spend focused time learning about one another and in self-discovery, developing agreements and expectations, engaging in cooperative group games and teambuilding. Establishing a safe and caring learning community definitely plays a role in the success of students’ academic potential.

Time away from home for young people can enhance lives.  Student travel is an integral part of the CELC education.  Each year at CELC students take both a beginning- and an ending-year trip, spending a few days and nights in a brand new place.  This September we embark upon a glorious week at Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont. 

Awakening to the possibilities, we start a new year at CELC!  Each is unique, with experiences in the classroom and beyond, touching each other’s lives and transforming our selves as we embrace and embark upon the journey of learning and growth. Hazzah – we are off …  oh, the places we’ll go!  

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A dynamic middle school program, CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) of Branford provides small classes that combine exceptional academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences to fit the academic, social, and emotional needs of the 5th – 8th grade student.