“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
Community Learning Center Schools are different. More than schools, we are progressive learning communities that place the learner at the center of the educational process.
We create empowering environments that awaken seeds of potential within learners and nurture them into flowering.
Our schools go beyond state standards and curriculum, delving into deeper knowledge and understanding to create critical thinkers and lifelong learners.
How do we do it?
We learn by doing — Everyone learns better when they are an active participant in the process rather than a passive recipient. When learning is experiential and real, it sticks longer and encourages more learning. Project-based learning brings concepts alive and helps those who learn differently experience it in more tangible ways. No matter the subject or grade level, hands-on activities create active and invigorated learners, increase focus and interest, and help bring the real world into the classroom.
We have facilitators, not teachers — Everyone learns better when they have ownership in the process. Though fully credentialed educators, our facilitators are not traditional teachers. Instead, they cultivate interest, promote understanding and encourage participation, but do not overly control the learning process or outcome. Our facilitators provide structure and support but encourage self-directed thinking, creating and experimenting, thus motivating learners towards exceptional performance and rewarding them with a sense of accomplishment.
We learn how to learn — Everyone learns better when they understand the rules of the game. This means taking charge of our own experiences, growing from our mistakes, making positive choices about time management, honoring the challenges, following through with commitments, participating in the process and contributing to the community.
We have "hard fun" — Everyone learns better when they enjoy what they are doing. But fun doesn't mean easy — the best kind of fun is also challenging and lends a sense of satisfaction upon completion. "Hard fun" costs more in effort but pays more in rewards, it requires more time and focus but results in more meaningful outcomes in school and, ultimately, in life.
We provide opportunity and flexibility — Everyone learns better when they have options. While learners are part of a larger community and must meet state educational standards, each learner has their own potential and their own path. Our schools embrace individuality and provide settings for honing talents, pursuing passions and investigating interests, both inside and outside the classroom. Our schools offer a variety of classes, electives, clubs, sports, music, theatre, after-school enrichment, field trips, internships, college classes, and leadership opportunities, along with the necessary support and attention to help each learner be successful.
We integrate technology — Everyone learns better with the proper tools. In today's world, skills in technology are as important as reading and writing. CLC Schools integrate technology in the classroom, project periods and other activities to help kids develop the skills needed to navigate our digital world. With computers, tablets, 3-D printers, software and internet access, we help our learners use technological tools for maximum impact.
We are a democratic community — Everyone learns better when they have a voice and feel connected to others. At Community Learning Center Schools, we try to live up to our name every day. Our schools welcome and embrace learners of all types, backgrounds and experiences because it creates diverse and vibrant communities in which learners thrive. As democratic societies, we encourage all stakeholders — learners, parents, facilitators, administrators — to actively participate in the operation of our school communities and help keep them dynamic and responsive to our learners' needs.
Why do we do it?
It's pretty simple — Community Learning Center Schools, Inc. is dedicated to providing educational opportunity and access in an active, dynamic, diverse, and participatory environment so all youth can achieve their full learning potential.