Innovative learning in a small school setting since 1998. Serving 5th - 8th grade students in Centre County and beyond!

Projects

Monday - Friday

mornings

Mon, Wed, Fri

afternoons

Project-based learning is the core of CLC's curriculum. Students' roles within a project-based learning environment are distinctly different from a traditional setting. Within a project-based classroom, students are provided real world scenarios and given large chunks of time to create solutions and final products that meet the requirements of the project. Along the way, students utilize a variety of skills and knowledge as opposed to learning fragmented subject areas. Many of our projects integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) principles, but that's not all we do! CLC projects weave a variety of subjects into authentic experiences. Depending upon the project, students may create documentaries, museum exhibits, wind farms, or any other product made in the real world. As a result of these project-based creations, students learn a variety of skills that go beyond just STEM, providing a well-rounded education.

 

Math

Monday - Friday

1 hr each morning

CLC offers a variety of small math classes that are designed to provide an appropriate level of challenge based on students' needs. The classes range from 5th grade math through Geometry. Class sizes typically range from 7-12 students, which allows us to meet students' individual needs. Throughout each math class, students engage in a balance of conceptual, procedural, and project-based learning approaches to achieve a deeper understanding of math skills. Each class uses a curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

 

English Language Arts

Monday - Friday

1 hr each morning

In addition to our dynamic project-based curriculum, all CLC students take 1 hour of English/Language Arts 5 days a week. Working in classes of no more than 15, students develop reading and writing skills that allow them to intelligently process and negotiate the overwhelming amount of information that they are confronted with on a daily basis.

 

Special Education

One 5/6 Learning Support Teacher

One 7/8 Learning Support Teacher

CLC has two full-time learning support specialists that serve our small school population. While most of the special education students that attend CLC have been identified in their home school district and come with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in place, students may also be identified while attending CLC when a parent or teacher requests an evaluation. We work with parents to write IEPs that meet the needs of the student within CLC’s unique curriculum. CLC follows all federal and state regulations for charter schools. In addition, the school follows the special education policies of Central Intermediate Unit 10.

 

Specials

2 afternoons per week

Two afternoons per week are dedicated to our Specials classes at CLC students participate in PE, Health, Art, and Music classes to expand their horizons and broaden their interests. At the conclusion of each trimester, students perform, present, and display some of their Specials class work at our All-School Showcases. Families and friends are always welcome to join as students share what they have learned and made in our Specials classes! 

 

Extended School Program

Monday - Friday

3:15 - 5:30

CLC offers a low-cost extended-school program that runs from 3:15 - 5:30 pm each day. The extended-school program is an extension of our school day that provides opportunities for our students to continue to grow. Students partaking in our "Work Room" have a quiet setting to complete their school work with ESP staff available to help students with their work. Students also have opportunities to work with Penn State Graduate students in our ESP tutoring and skill development small groups. Additionally, each day students have the option to participate in "Active Games" to help live healthier lifestyles while working to develop good sportsmanship.