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Life after CELC

Often families wonder how CELC students transition into high school.  What is the process?   What types of schools do CELC students attend?

CELC students attend both public and private high schools, depending on the needs and interests of the particular student and family.  We assist families in helping to determine schools that are the right fit.  Our students typically are accepted into their first choice high schools.

CELC alumni keep in touch on a regular basis, often asking to visit on their days off while CELC is in session!  This is a joyful reality and also allows us to monitor progress over time.  CELC students take honors and advanced placement classes, are involved in extra-curricular actives, know the value of hard work, and have the mindset geared toward pursing interests in a sincere and dedicated way.

High Schools where CELC students have attended in the past 8 years:

  • Branford High School
  • Common Ground High School
  • Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School
  • Daniel Hand High School
  • Guilford High School
  • Hopkins School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Sacred Heart Academy

Current News From Recent Graduates

Cole R Penn State Freshman 2018

CELC made all the difference for this kid!!!

He Is Loving Penn State! Thank you Melinda and Maria2764.png❤️ — with Cole Riegle.    

CELC was the best school for my son for so many reasons. It was also an answer to a prayer. As they say, it takes one person to make a difference. Well, in this school you have two incredibly intelligent, competent and extremely passionate educators. 

Coleman attended CELC for 4 years and then went in to a private school in our new home state of Virginia. We are so proud of him as he is now a freshman at Penn State in the Landscape Architecture program. 

Melinda and Maria’s program is infused with creativity  – Coleman thinks differently and so he is perfectly suited to solving the environmental issues our world is facing. We were blessed to have found CELC – don’t be afraid to think outside of the boring box – you’ll be glad you did!!     ~ Cynthia Riegle, mother of Coleman, CELC Alum Class of 2014


Congratulations Nolan (CELC Class of 2015)  for receiving Honors!



West Haven, CT – Notre Dame High School of West Haven President Mr. Robert Curis and Principal Patrick Clifford ’75 recently announced the honor roll for the second term of the 2015-2016 academic year.

CELC Class of 2017i attend Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Long Trail School, and Sacred Heart Academy:

Sacred Heart Academy acceptance letter copy

Please read a reflection from an alumna about transitioning from CELC:

My name is Hannah Snow; I graduated from the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center in 2010. I then went on to Branford High School where I graduated with high honors in 2014. I am now a full-time student at Quinnipiac University majoring in Criminal Justice. While I am not in class or studying, I am also a full-time manager at Wendy’s.

None of this would have been possible without the fundamentals of my education beginning with CELC. My experience at CELC fueled my love for knowledge and the confidence in myself to leave my comfort zone and seize opportunities to fulfill my dreams. CELC provided me with the value and development of my own thoughts and ideas, as well as the respect of others’. This allowed me to connect and work well with other students and teachers to open up many doors for my future. Additionally, CELC allowed my work ethic and sense of responsibility to grow: you want something? Go get it. It’s yours. I now have the ability to manage my time, dedicate the effort into my work, and not to discourage myself from taking chances to further my knowledge and education. I am sure that had I experienced different methods of education I would not have graduated with high honors, I would not have been asked by Branford High School to speak in front of the student body and 50 veterans for Veteran’s Appreciation Day, I would not have the confidence to apply to my top school (that I am now attending) during the college application process, I wouldn’t have accepted a promotion at my job that meant more hours and responsibility, I would not be a defense attorney speaking in front of my class in mock trial, and I would not be attending criminal trials with the professor, a prosecutor in New Haven.

A glimpse of Hannah’s time while at CELC:

Hannah page copy

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“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