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Consumer Science

Acquire skills to make a successful transition from school to adult life, including financial literacy, communication and conflict resolution skills, and community involvement.


  • Essential Question: How do I affect the systems within which I live and work?
  • Community partner: YWCA or similar community resource
  • Academic area: consumer science, transition from school to work, credit recovery


  • Self-knowledge
  • Educational and occupational exploration
  • Career planning
  • Communication skills
  • Professional development

See the detailed ELO description for the full text of these competencies.

Student activities

  1. Complete a life skills course offered by YWCA.
  2. Complete Keytrain work habits/ethics exercises and evaluations.
  3. Participate in three workshops designed to increase knowledge and skills relevant to success in adult life and complete reflection papers on each.
  4. Attend talks by guest speakers from diverse perspectives.
  5. Research community resources in order to identify and evaluate available services.
  6. Maintain a weekly journal reflecting on tasks and experiences.


Student creates a final presentation to summarize his/her experience and answer the essential question. This is how the student will demonstrate proficiency in the competencies detailed in this ELO and earn a certificate of completion for the YWCA life skills curriculum.

More information

Consumer science is a social discipline that focuses on the interaction between people and their environment. Some of the areas are: nutrition, aging, housing, food safety, community, and parenting.

This ELO was submitted by Mary Beth Hammond, High School Transition Specialist at Granite State Independent Living. It was designed for a group of at-risk high school students with disabilities who participated in Earn & Learn, Granite State Independent Living’s alternative education program. Email teacher for more information

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