For Students

ELO Overview 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

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

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ELO Examples

These ELO examples can give you an idea of the great range and variety of possible ELOs.

NOTE: Click on the any button to expand the portfolio.

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American Sign Language as a Foreign Language

Explore how American Sign Language fits into deaf culture, and practice communicating about familiar topics using sign language. Overview Essential...
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Apply Marketing Strategies to My Town

Learn about your town – how do town administrators and businesses get the community involved with events, areas of concern, and...
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Applying Physical Science to the Real World

Apply physical science concepts to solve problems in mini-projects with a group, and then design your own real world project to...
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Arranging Music for a Band

Arrange an original composition for your high school band. Overview Essential Question: How do musicians generate ideas, make creative decisions, and...
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Autobody as an Art Form

Combine a career interest of auto body work and love of cars to meet the graduation requirements for art and half...
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Ballistic Launcher Project

Explore the engineering and the design process by building a ballistic launcher. Overview Essential Question: How can statistical analysis affect...
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Become a Real Estate Agent

Explore the work of a real estate agent, flip houses, learn the law, use design software, market your business. This...
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Behind the Scenes of a High School Production

Direct a full-length play at your high school. Overview Essential Question: What are the steps necessary for putting on a...
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Career Cluster Internship

Explore one or more career clusters. Career clusters are groups of careers for which you need similar knowledge and skills....
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Career Exploration: Where will I be in 2025?

Explore educational and occupational opportunities, experience the realities of the workplace, and identify both the technical skills and individual qualities you...
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Chef-to-School Specialty Dinners

Work with local chefs and restaurants to compose menus of their signature dishes. Prepare the food and serve it to...
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Community Arts Event Organization

Discover what’s involved when planning and executing a community-based arts event. (Examples: musical performance, visual arts workshop, collaborative public art...
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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,...
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Dancing for Fitness

Participate in dance studio classes. Develop an understanding of the relationship between dance, physical fitness, and education and/or career goals. Overview Community partner: dance studio Academic...
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Early Childhood Education/Survey of English Genres

Explore early childhood education and earn English credit by coordinating and promoting a fundraiser for a cause that you are...
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Engineering Design and Development

Choose a real world problem in the STEM fields, and design a possible solution. Overview Essential Question: How can an...
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Evolution in Action

Update, revise and teach a real-world science, student-to-student evolution curriculum. Overview Essential Question: How can I implement my knowledge of evolution...
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Exercise Program

Create your own exercise or workout program. Develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity to your life now...
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Firefighting and Emergency Response Essentials

Get certified as a Firefighter and explore the area as a career. Overview Essential Question: How can I expand my...
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For the Love of Reading

Share your love for reading by participating in a local library preschool story hour program. Research and observe a preschool...
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Hampton’s Involvement in WWI

Work with your local historical society to learn about your town’s involvement in WWI. Overview Essential Question: Why is it...
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Information and Communication Technology

Become familiar with computers and their application in modern society by exploring computer hardware and software. Complete a range tasks and projects using information...
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Introduction to Forensic Science

Learn to analyze characteristics of human and animal hair, blood, and fingerprints.  How is a crime scene processed? Create a...
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Introduction to Neuroscience

Participate in a college online introduction to neuroscience course while working with a mentor to expand your exploration based on...
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IT Problems and Solutions

Improve your technical problem solving skills by supporting departments in your town. Overview Essential Question: How can I apply technical...
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Laboratory Assistant

Serve as a chemistry lab assistant and gain practical experience beyond what is found in a traditional classroom. Overview Community...
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Learning a Foreign Language

Learn a foreign language independently with a group of students. Become your own teachers. Overview Essential Question: Can I learn a...
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Learning Childhood Development through Experience

Work at a local daycare while researching early childhood development.  Observe the children, and then develop and deliver lesson plans....
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Making a Translation Program Think

Create a translation computer app that “thinks” as it translates in order to create a more cohesive and understandable sentence. Many...
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Medical Lab Technology

Work as a tech in a real medical lab. See if phlebotomist could be a career for you. Overview Essential...
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Occupational Therapy with Children

Explore the field of occupational therapy. Overview Essential Question: What is occupational therapy (OT) all about? Area(s) of Study: Health...
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PE Through Rock Climbing

Challenge yourself by learning rock climbing skills – improve your personal fitness, learn and apply strategies, and practice responsible and...
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Personal Genetics

Explore your own sequenced genome with the help of a direct-to-consumer genetic sequencing service. Perform lab protocols for DNA extraction...
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Photography as Service-Learning

How can I use photography to help others? Understand and develop the skills you will need to be a successful photographer...
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Professional Practice in Visual Art

How do artists make a living? The most common concern of art students and parents is the difficulty of making a...
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RENEW Career Exploration

For schools that have a RENEW program, consider making it into an ELO for participating students. Overview Essential Question: What are...
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Salon Services

Practice your salon skills in a student-run salon. Overview Essential Question: What makes an exceptional client experience in a salon?...
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School Newspaper or Literary Magazine

Learn journalistic planning, interviewing, and writing techniques through the production of a quality publication that is sustainable and interesting to...
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Science and Photography

Explore two seemingly different areas, art and science.  Research the history of science and photography and the impact the two...
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Spanish Fluency Via a Middle School Classroom

Improve your Spanish fluency by assisting and teaching in middle school Spanish classes. Overview Essential Question: How can immersion help me...
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Water quality ELO

Testing Watershed Quality

Become a consultant to analyze water quality, perform chemical and biological water testing, review all situations (good and bad), and...
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The Art of Teaching

Patience? Empathy? Passion? Purpose? Subject knowledge? What are the real skills that teachers need to be successful in the classroom?...
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The Environment and Honey Bees

Work with a local beekeeper to research the genetics of bees and understand what threatens the bee population, how the...
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TV News Broadcaster

Lights, camera, action! Learn and practice the techniques and strategies reporters use in broadcasting and interviewing in the studio and...
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What is a Curator (2)

What Is a Curator?

Broaden your knowledge of visual art careers. Develop an understanding of what it means to be a curator. Curate a...
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Women in Government

Observe and participate in the democratic process and learn about the leadership roles that women are playing in government. Overview...
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Working as a Dietary Aide

Explore cooking and menu planning for clients with dietary restrictions while learning what goes into success in the workplace. Overview Community...
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Working in Childcare

Learn what goes into success in the workplace and gain an understanding of early child development. Overview Community partner: a...
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Yearbook for Credit

Plan, design, and produce a project that captures your school community by using online design, journalistic writing, budgeting, and collaboration...

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.)
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Students who do ELOs might:

  • 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.)

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!