Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO)

EXTENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITY (ELO):  An ELO is an opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and experience outside the traditional classroom while still meeting core competencies.

  • School-to-Career

Through career exploration job shadows, and internships, our School-to-Career Coordinator offers Work-Based Learning programs that provide students with opportunities to acquire occupational skills and academic competencies in real-world settings.  Students will connect and apply what they’ve learned in school to their work experiences in the community, making learning more relevant and enabling a smoother transition into the workforce and/or education beyond high school. Students can earn credit toward graduation depending on competencies met, time invested, and project completion.

  • Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) : www.vlacs.org

The Virtual Learning Academy is an established and respected leader in customized learning.  Students across New Hampshire can truly learn anytime, anywhere at no cost. We use the latest technology to provide our students anytime, unlimited access to a rigorous, personalized education that helps students learn today, graduate tomorrow and prepare for the future.

  • Teacher’s Aide:  (0.5 CREDIT)

Students who otherwise would have a free block, who have satisfactorily passed a class may have the opportunity to serve as a teacher’s aide.  

  • Independent Study: (1 CREDIT)

Students often have intellectual, artistic, or career interests which cannot be fully pursued within the existing high school curriculum. These students are supervised by a mentor to enhance their education.  These students may apply for an Independent Study course. The study offers elective credit and yields a pass/fail grade.

  • Early College: (COLLEGE CREDIT)

Early College program enables high school students to take college courses on NHTI college campus in Concord or Lakes Region Community College campus in Laconia at discounted tuition.  These credits potentially may be applied toward a degree at NHTI or other college or university. Early College allows high school students to: experience taking college courses on campus, enroll in courses that are not available in high school, complete highly transferable courses, explore career options by taking courses in a potential major you may be considering, save time and money towards your degree.  

  • Dual Enrollment: (1 CREDIT/VARIED COLLEGE CREDIT)

eStart is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their educational experience, and get an early and affordable start on their college careers.  Students can earn both high school credit and college credit through various college courses. STEM Scholarship Program is available funding for students (juniors/seniors) to take up to 2 STEM courses (science, technology, engineering, and math) per year, and be fully reimbursed the eStart tuition cost.  http://www.ccsnh.edu/academics/estart  Financial assistance is available for eligible students.  http://www.ccsnh.edu/estart/scholarshipfinancial-aid

  • Running Start: (1 CREDIT/VARIED COLLEGE CREDIT)

*Running Start courses are denoted by the  RS icon in this publication.

The New Hampshire Running Start Program is a unique higher education initiative for high school students.  Students are given the opportunity to enroll in selected high school courses which offer college credit through the New Hampshire Community Technical College system at a significant reduction in tuition, $150.00 per course.  Students who successfully complete a RS course receive three (3) college credits at the LRCC system and appropriate high school credit.

Current Running Start RS courses include:

Belmont High School Class Name:

Lakes Region Community College Course Name:

English 12 Honors

Introduction to Literature

Advanced Placement English 12

Introduction to Literature

Computer Graphics I

Design Software

Computer Graphics II

Digital Photography

Computer Graphics III

Web Design

Statistics Honors

Statistics

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

French III/IV

French

Spanish III/IV

Spanish


Quantitative Reasoning, Statistics, and Introduction to Literature students are required to take and earn an established score on the Accuplacer Exam at BHS in order to be considered for the RS course credit.  The cost of this exam is $20.00.  http://www.ccsnh.edu/academics/running-start

Through career exploration, job shadows, and internships, our School-to-Career Coordinator offers programs that provide students with opportunities to acquire occupational skills and academic competencies in real-world settings.  Students will connect and apply what they’ve learned in school to their work experiences in the community, making learning more relevant and enabling a smoother transition into the workforce and/or education beyond high school. Students can earn credit toward graduation depending on competencies met, time invested, and project completion.

Alternative Credit at Belmont High School

We, the Belmont High School, hold the belief that all students have the ability to be successful learners.  We also recognize that each student will reach their destination in several different ways. While we maintain a challenging and diverse learning environment, there are instances when students will seek credits independently of the traditional high school setting.  

An ‘alternative credit’ is defined as a high school appropriate course or course of learning that is not offered in the regular curriculum and course offerings at Belmont High School.  Some examples include courses as VLACS, or a college course. At Belmont HS, students may earn up to a maximum of five (5) credits outside of Belmont HS toward their Belmont High School diploma.  Specifically, students may earn five (5) credits in a BHS career, two (2) in a school year. All alternative courses will be above and beyond the full course load at BHS and not counted in a student’s GPA.  All alternative credits will be transcripted on the BHS transcript. No course currently offered at BHS will be allowed to be taken through VLACS. Please see your School Counselor for information on exceptions to this practice.

Students must make a formal request (forms available in the School Counseling Office) before they begin their alternative credit study.  This form must be signed by the student, parent (if student is under 18), and approved by the school counselor or administrator. The approval form insures that the student, parent, and school officials have agreed which course will be taken and which BHS graduation requirement it will fulfill.


 

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