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Extended Learning Opportunities Offered at Winnacunnet High School

From Seacoast Online

Published November 9, 2014

By Kyle Stucker

Winnacunnet High School is one of the pilot schools leading the way in New Hampshire to help enhance educational opportunities so students can earn credit while gaining real-world career experience outside of the classroom. Four WHS students are currently receiving elective credits as part of highly individualized extended learning opportunities, or ELOs, which are a more intensive approach to a traditional internship or independent study.

Donna Couture, ELO program coordinator at WHS, said the school is “on the cutting edge” and will be used as a model while local and state education officials work to grow the program to the point where students exploring a variety of disciplines can earn credits toward core classes and subjects.

“A lot of high schools are doing it wrong, and we’re off to a really great start here,” said Couture. “The sky’s the limit.”

Winnacunnet has offered ELOs since the 2013-2014 school year, although this year marks the beginning of efforts to expand the program in both scope and overall participation, according to Couture.

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