KHS Extended Learning Opportunity Program
Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) provide multiple ways for students to learn outside of the classroom and achieve credit toward high school graduation. These personalized learning opportunities are founded on student interest and need, and are planned in advance, and include rigorous content. They offer authentic opportunities for students to collaborate with a certified teacher and/or a community partner to demonstrate competencies. ELOs may take many forms, including, but not limited to, independent study, private instruction, performing groups, team sports, community service and internships. ELOs include four components: research, reflection, product and presentation. Assessment is based on achievement and demonstration of high school competencies and goals.
Students interested in pursuing an ELO can contact their School Counselor or Nancy Rafferty, ELO Coordinator, for more information.
Step 1: Application Process
- All ELOs begin with an application.
- The student then meets with the ELO Coordinator to discuss their plan and request.
- The ELO Coordinator seeks a mentor teacher and community partner, as applicable.
Step 2: ELO Planning and Implementation
- The student, together with their overseeing teacher, the ELO Coordinator and/or community partner, completes a detailed ELO Plan and Contract.
- The ELO Plan is a more detailed description of an Extended Learning Opportunity including competencies and/or learning goals, a timeline, expectations, and final outcomes.
- In implementing the ELO plan, the student should meet regularly with their overseeing teacher, the ELO Coordinator, and the community partner, as appropriate. The student should maintain documentation as required by their plan, including, but not limited to, a portfolio, reflective journal, research notes and other evidence of learning.
Step 3: ELO Evaluation
- The ELO Coordinator will monitor progress throughout the ELO.
- One month before the student anticipates completing their ELO, they should meet with the ELO Coordinator to schedule a panel review.
- The ELO Coordinator will make arrangements for the final presentation and panel review. The panel will evaluate the reflection, research, product, and presentation in which the student engaged.
- Assessment rubrics and feedback forms will be handed in to the overseeing teacher at the time of the final presentation and a brief discussion will take place regarding student performance following the presentation.
- The overseeing teacher will review the feedback, meet with the student, and submit a grade within one week of the final presentation.
- All ELOs are graded pass/fail and recorded on the student transcript.