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What is the Chelsea Center?
The Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center ("Chelsea Center") is a program within Webster Groves High School designed to enhance the self-discovery process and the personal, interpersonal, social, emotional, as well as academic development of students, teachers and staff by focusing on experiential learning.
Why does WGHS have an Experiential Learning Center?
There is significant potential for high school students to learn, grow, and mature based on experiences they have outside the classroom walls. Going beyond the structure of the academic, knowledge-based classroom, experiential learning allows the students to gain knowledge and, sometimes, even high school credit, by focusing and reflecting on the value and impact of these experiences. The Chelsea Center offers thoughtful, systematic, and informed guidance on how to think about and assimilate a wide variety of learning experiences.
Who is eligible to be part of the Chelsea Center?
All students at WGHS are eligible. There are no restrictions on who may apply and all are welcome. The Chelsea Center was piloted in the summer of 2010 and continues to grow. 25 students took part in the pilot program, participating in over 20 different experiences, both individually and in small groups. The summer program has grown exponentially and offerings during the school year are growing, as well. All WGHS students took part in our Annual Summer Experiential Learning Opportunities Fair, and the entire sophomore class participates in an annual sophomore service learning day in the spring.
The focus of the Chelsea Center ...
The following types of student experiences will be candidates for which to develop programming (courses, workshops, projects, discussion groups, feedback mechanisms, etc.) to facilitate individual growth:
Internships, part-time jobs and other work experiences
Summer experiences of all sorts including travel
Volunteer and service activities (community, church, school)
Peer group interactions (with friends, work teams, etc.)