ELOs are learning experiences that happen outside of the traditional classroom setting. The purpose of an ELO is to provide an educational experience that is meaningful and relevant by meeting the student's individual learning style, talents, and interests.
Taking part in an ELO requires students to be organized and work independently to meet deadlines and obligations outlined in the plan. An ELO is not intended for competency or credit recovery from a failed course.
Types of ELO's
Advanced Study is an experience for students who complete a course or series of courses and would like to continue to advance their learning in that subject area when there isn't a scheduled course available. For example, a student who would like to continue beyond Advanced Painting or study European History.
Career Exploration is an opportunity for a student to investigate a specific occupation or career path. This learning experience requires the student to conduct independent research, informational interviews with professionals and job shadows when appropriate.
Project Based Learning, or PBL, is a learning experience where the student gains a deeper knowledge and broader skills by investigating a topic of their choice. Students actively explore real-world problems and respond to complex questions and challenges. This will often require the student to draw upon previous coursework and apply it in a very practical way to their project. PBL's will usually require a community partner.