We empower kids and teens to become self-educated life-long learners able to navigate the the 21st Century. More important than memorizing specific facts is the ability to learn new skills as the need arises. We focus on the development of the whole individual by fostering a healthy lifestyle, nutritional eating habits, a balanced work/play ethic, kindness and empathy, and much more. 


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
— Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Our ALternative

  • No standardized or high stakes testing; students create portfolios and check in with their mentors for feedback and evaluation.
     
  • There are no grade level divisions; age mixing is encouraged and kids more proficient are able to help those still learning.
     
  • There are no standard class schedules; some are twice a week for two hours, some are every day for twenty minutes.
     
  • We don't force kids to sit in desks for hours on end; We encourage long breaks for physical activity.
     
  • No more having to ask to go to the bathroom; we respect our members and their basic human rights.
  • There is no standard curriculum; we help families to create and achieve meaningful learning goals.
     
  • We don't train students in obedience; we respect our students autonomy, preparing them for life as an adult where they will have to self-direct and self-motivate.
     
  • We don't waste kids time forcing them to study subjects they could care less about; we empower them to become incredible at skills that they can turn into careers.
     
  • We don't just lecture at kids; we design our learning spaces to be collaborative and creativity inspiring.
     
  • No summer break; you'll have time off of course, but just not all at once.
     
  • Students register as homeschoolers, we help parents notify the state and assure compliance with local laws.

Portfolios

Long and boring multiple choice tests aren't the only way to measure learning. Heck, they're not even a good way to measure much more than one's ability to guess. Universities and employers alike look more at students' accomplishments and skill sets than their GPA. Therefore, to meet the needs of the 21st century, we work with our students to create meaningful ways to showcase what they've learned.

Portfolios might include, but aren't limited to, things like creating a personal website, running a successful YouTube Channel, hosting an art exhibition, writing and maintaining a popular blog, getting published in the newspaper or in a scientific journal, writing a book, starting a business, or competing in and winning local or national academic prizes. We use these portfolios at the end of the year to perform the homeschool assessment so that every family complies with Ohio homeschooling laws.
 

Mentors

When it comes to helping young people succeed, and preparing students for college and careers, educational experts and nonprofits are embracing the idea that a broad web of formal and informal role models is key. At its core, mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerfully positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.

The CLC matches every member with a skilled and talented mentor whose number one priority is your child's well being, happiness, and success. We match up each mentor with only twelve members at a time so they are able to focus adequate attention on each individual student's needs.
 

Age Mixing

Studies show that people learn best when someone with just a little bit more experience helps us to understand a new topic. On top of that, one of the best ways to truly master something is to teach it to another person. In this way, we empower our students to individually learn and collectively practice many positive character traits.
 

LATER START TIMES FOR TEENS

The science is in. There is no debate.  Teens absolutely need adequate sleep.

"Studies show that adolescents who don’t get enough sleep often suffer physical and mental health problems, an increased risk of automobile accidents and a decline in academic performance. But getting enough sleep each night can be hard for teens whose natural sleep cycles make it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m. – and who face a first-period class at 7:30 a.m. or earlier the next day. 

In a new policy statement published online Aug. 25, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later. Doing so aligns school schedules to the biological sleep rhythms of adolescents, whose sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty." - American Academy of Pediatrics

We understand that some families need to bring their child in early, or have a child that naturally wakes up early, so we will have staff on-site at 8am ready to start the day.
 

PERSONALIZED LEARNING FOR EVERY CHILD

In public schools, children with learning disabilities are given IEPs or Individual Education Plans. But the reality is that every child is a unique learner. We work with families throughout the year to create and maintain a personalized learning map of what your child hopes to achieve and a detailed plan of how we'll help them get there. If you're child is 12 and ready to start Calculus, he or she can join the Calculus class. If your child is 17 and needs to strengthen his or her reading ability, we will focus on that.
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Our program runs all year round

What if education was something you didn't want to run away from? Traditionally, summer has been a respite for kids and teens who have undergone a grueling academic year crammed inside of dull classrooms. And most parents are aware that uninstructed time is important for kids and teens. But studies have shown long breaks often serve to impede a child's learning. Fortunately, here as an alternative to school, you get the best of both worlds where unstructured time is built into our program and we are open all year round.

But what about family vacations? Well we've thought of that too. We operate on the quarter system, so members can take an entire quarter off free of charge. During our regularly scheduled breaks the CLC staff will coordinate trips or even help our members plan their own adventures.