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
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.
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.)
- 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!