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

  • Complete a life skills course offered by YWCA.
  • Complete Keytrain work habits/ethics exercises and evaluations.
  • Participate in three workshops designed to increase knowledge and skills relevant to success in adult life and complete reflection papers on each.
  • Attend talks by guest speakers from diverse perspectives.
  • Research community resources in order to identify and evaluate available services.
  • 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