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An Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) allows juniors and seniors (freshmen and sophomores with permission) to explore a topic that may not be offered in the traditional high school curriculum. Students are encouraged to be creative and pursue any interest(s) they may have. ELO’s usually earn a quarter or half elective credit. Students may use an ELO as a sixth class (for eligibility purposes) with permission from the administration. An ELO is different from the independent study options offered at Brunswick High School because it allows students to work with experts in the topic of choice outside of school while standard independent studies require an in-school expert to work with the student full time. Students will not be graded for their work; upon successful completion of an ELO the student’s transcript will indicate a Pass.
Parents need to sign off on the student’s plan and travel consent forms, and the hold harmless community partner and liability release form.
ELO at a Glance;
Students must commit to completing hours and activities that are outside of regular classroom time
Students are required to meet regularly with a cooperating teacher, community partner, and/or ELO Coordinator
- Students must adhere to the four (4) ELO principles: Research, Reflection, Product and Presentation
Recent BHS Student Area Focus Examples
Healthcare Shadows – Students have created multiple shadow experiences at Martin’s Point and Mid Coast Hospital that explored nursing, Physician Assistant positions, Pediatrics, Sonography, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, click for journal entry
Veterinary Medicine – Students have shadowed Veterinary offices in order to get a feel for both for profit and non-profit workplaces that care for animals.
Senior Healthcare and Welfare – Students have shadowed and volunteered at nearby Mid Coast Senior Health Center as well as area retirement communities such as Thornton Oaks, Sunnybrook Village, Coastal Shores, and The Highlands.
STEM Related Entrepreneur Job Shadows – Students have explored STEM clusters that exist at Brunswick Landing primarily within TechPlace (Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator) and nearby other businesses at Brunswick Landing.
Elementary Education – Students volunteer or shadow specific grade levels and teachers nearby at Harriet Beecher Stowe, Coffin, and Brunswick Junior High schools.
Music Theory and Practice – Students have been involved in a variety of independent studies that fall under both choral and band umbrellas.
Public Safety – Students have shadowed fire, ambulance, and police personnel or have been involved in organized programs that are affiliated with these departments.
Public Policy –Students have been involved with school board policy as student liaisons and have researched and investigated their own interests as depicted in these student made PSAs.
Mental Health – Students explored the importance of wraparound services to mental health issues and created this PSA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulLKmVZEivo
History – Students explored the history of what was once called Merriconeag Village, then BNAS, now Brunswick Landing and created a film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz0e_WEastM
Marine Biology – Students explored local aquaculture and marine ecology issues with noted Professor Dr. Brian Beal and local shellfish harvesters at Heel Eddy in Georgetown and Harraseeket Cove in Freeport. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHR5Crinyec&t=170s
Environmental Science – Students have monitored green crab populations and used remote wildlife cameras at nearby Maquoit Bay and made a movie summarizing their experience –
click to learn more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKcnTdTGeuU
Check out our community partners and create your own project