How It Works

Personalized Education plan

Together, we will envision and map a personalized approach to a self-directed education based on the young person’s interests, strengths, and goals, as well as the family’s needs.

Learning opportunities

CLC offers classes that meet weekly for 1-2 hours, as well as workshops and one-on-one tutorials between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday from September–May. These learning opportunities represent the interests and passions of our core staff, volunteers, and members, include a wide variety of topics, and are flexible in order to meet the needs of our members. We strive to accommodate all members’ passions and will work to provide learning experiences in any subject, matching students’ interests with those of our core staff and community volunteers. Members are even encouraged to start their own classes based on their expertise, as well as take on a variety of leadership roles in the CLC community. There is a building-wide CLC community meeting each week that all members are encouraged to attend. There are no grades, credits, standardized tests or mandatory classes. All learning opportunities at CLC are voluntary, giving young people control over what, when, and how they learn.

Personal Advisor

Upon becoming a member at CLC, each young person is assigned a staff person to act as their personal advisor. Meeting weekly, the advisor will help the member imagine and realize goals, track progress, and facilitate experiences for learning at the center, online, and in the community. Advisors also help members keep track of what they learn and the experiences that they have for whatever next steps they are planning to take after CLC.

family meetings

Advisers meet with members and their families at least three times per year to review achievements and imagine possibilities for the immediate and long-term future of the member.

Community involvement

Many of the classes and tutorials at CLC are led by community volunteers. Based on member interest for a learning opportunity, we search in the local community for someone who is willing to share their time and talents with young people.

CLC members may get to learn computer programming from actual computer programmers, agriculture from farmers, or small engine repair from mechanics. We use our local community and the amazing and talented people in it as a resource for learning. Getting exposure to and making contacts with people who are active or retired in the fields teens are interested in is an incredibly valuable experience and can lead to many opportunities down the road.

Currently Scheduled Class Offerings

Class offerings are based on the interests and passions of our core staff, volunteers, and members. A class, workshop, or tutorial about pretty much anything can potentially be added to the calendar given member interest.

Course Descriptions Fall 2022

Current Events Discussion

This course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to discuss, understand, and explore local, national, international, political, economic and social issues in a respectful, meaningful, and active way. Resources will include news programs, written journalistic pieces, websites, and documentaries.

Guide: Josh

Time: Mondays 11am-12pm

Discovering Your Worldview

A worldview is the set of beliefs about fundamental aspects of Reality that ground and influence all one's perceiving, thinking, knowing, and doing. Participants will examine and explore 7 elements of their own worldview: epistemology, metaphysics, cosmology, teleology, theology, anthropology, and axiology. Resources include the “What is a Worldview?” course outline developed by Ken Funk at Oregon State University.

Guide: Josh

Time: Mondays 1pm-2pm

Animal Science

This iteration of the course will use rabbits as a focus to explore animal science. Learn about proper care, housing, nutrition, biosecurity, grooming, etc. Build a nesting box and/or develop a biosecurity plan for rabbits. Resources include the Exploring 4H Rabbits Project from the University of Illinois 4H Extension.

Guide: Josh

Time: Tuesdays 11am-12pm

American Sign Language

Expose yourself to conversational American Sign Language through ASL I & II courses provided by the Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

Guide: Josh

Time: Tuesdays 1pm-2pm

Intro to Plant Biology

Discover various types of plants and explore their roles in local and global ecosystems. Soil health and pest and disease management will also be discussed in areas of specific interest.

Guide: Lindsey

Time: Wednesdays 10am-11am

Community Meeting

Participants will discuss the happenings of CLC, discuss any problems that have arisen, and share news of their own with the group if they wish. Please attend as often as you are able.

Time: Wednesday 11am-12pm

World War II

Examine and discuss political, military, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of World War II. Explore causes and consequences of the conflicts associated with the war. Resources include primary and secondary sources related to World War II including books, journalistic accounts, photos, and film.

Guide: Josh

Time: Wednesdays 1pm-2pm

Self-Directed Math

Set your own goals and develop a personal math plan to guide your own learning using a variety of materials and resources. Learn the math you need to know.

Guide: Josh (W) & Whitney (Th)

Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays 2pm-3pm

World Geography

An introduction to the physical and cultural aspects of each continent and the regions within them. Use the 5 themes of geography to analyze human social organization and environmental consequences. Resources will vary based on region of focus and student need.

Guide: Josh

Time: Thursday 1pm-2pm

after CLC

Any opportunity that is available to traditional high school graduates is available to members of CLC. The self-directed-education-to-college path is well established in the United States. There is a common process for college application for learners who choose this educational route. Our advisors help young people document the learning that they do, create a narrative transcript that colleges understand, and guide them through the application process.

Another common step for members may be entering the workforce, trades, or entrepreneurial world. Young people can use the flexibility and control offered by self-directed education to start learning the skills needed to be successful in a given career. Instead of squeezing your interests into “after-school” time, you can work on your interests as the main focus of your education.

Learn more about the philosophy behind CLC at the