For Students

For Students

ELOs are learning experiences outside your classroom, for credit.  This section will help you decide whether an ELO is a good idea for you, and how to get started.

An ELO is:

  • A learning experience for credit based on your interest(s) that takes place outside of the classroom
  • Created by a team that includes:
    • the student
    • a teacher
    • a community partner (a mentor either outside or inside the school who is an expert in your area of interest)
    • a parent or guardian
    • and other key players as determined by your school

Watch this video to hear from students in ELOs:

Student in front of library bookcase holding a sign that says "web design"

ELOs at Hinsdale High School –  this video was created by a student as an ELO in Video Production, and it highlights three other students and their individual ELOs. 6:19 minutes.

ELO Examples

Click on the picture or “Read more” to get detailed information about the ELO samples below, or go to the “ELO Examples” tab at the top to explore by subject area.

These ELO examples were shared as ideas for starting points for ELOs to be adapted to meet the needs of individual students or schools.  Activities, time frame, community partners, and assessment tools should be adjusted as appropriate for individual learners.

ELOs allow you to:

  • Be hands on – work with somebody who is doing this for a job
  • Explore something you’re interested in that’s not offered at school
  • Get credit recovery, if you need it
  • Design a class to fit your learning style
  • Get credit for a hobby or extracurricular activity (sport, music, art, etc.)
photo of Keene State College landscaper working in a garden with 2 teenage boys

Students who do ELOs might:Elena.ACES

  • plan to go to college after high school
  • plan to go into a job after high school
  • be on the honor roll
  • be working with an IEP or Section 504 plan
  • enjoy classroom work but want to expand
  • prefer “real life” experience to the classroom
  • want variety in learning
  • have interests that are not part of the traditional curriculum
  • and more…

In other words… ANYONE!!

ELOs can happen:

  • At a job site (e.g., business, agency, studio, police or fire department, etc.)
  • Within your school, but in a different role (e.g., lab assistant, food service, information technology, etc.)
  • At a combination of places (e.g., home, school and with a community mentor, etc.)
Photo of Chemistry lab counter with beakers

Look into an ELO that works for you by asking:

  • your school’s ELO coordinator
  • a teacher
  • a guidance counselor
  • a principal
  • a parent

to explore the options!  New Hampshire schools are required to have a policy about ELOs, even if they do not yet offer them.  If your school is new to ELOs, this website can help a teacher to get you started!