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Extended Learning Opportunities


The Minimum Standards for School Approval require that local school districts adopt policies that enable extended learning opportunities for students. Extended learning means: the primary acquisition of knowledge and skills through instruction or study outside of the traditional classroom methodology, including, but not limited, to

  • APP - Apprenticeship: As defined by Title XXIII, Section 278:8 Minimum Standards for Apprenticeship Agreements.
  • ATH – Athletics: Athletics/Sports experiences that lead to academic credit or satisfaction of course competencies.
  • CS - Community Service: Community service that satisfies a graduation requirement, leads to academic credit or satisfaction of course competencies.
  • INT - Internship: An internship with an employer that leads to academic credit or satisfaction of course competencies.
  • IS - Independent Study: Independent studies that lead to academic credit or satisfaction of competencies.
  • OLC - Online Course (Non-VLACS): Enroll in online courses that lead to academic credit or satisfaction of competencies.
  • PG - Performing Group: Engage with the performing arts that leads to academic credit or satisfaction of competencies.
  • PI - Private Instruction: Private instruction that leads to academic credit or satisfaction of competencies.
  • TRAV - Travel: Travel experiences that lead to academic credit or satisfaction of course competencies.
  • VLACS - Online Course (VLACS): Enroll in Virtual Learning Academy Charter School online courses.
  • WBL - Work Based Learning: Employment activities not otherwise considered to be internships or apprenticeships, and that lead to academic credit or satisfaction of course competencies.

ED 306.27 (b)(4):

(4) Districts shall develop local policies that identify how the district shall engage students in creating and supporting extended learning opportunities that occur outside of the physical school building and outside of the usual school day in which students demonstrate achievement as well as other educational experiences and instructional activities required by Ed 306.

(5) The extended learning opportunities in (4) above shall

a. Consist of activities designed to:

1. Provide acknowledgement of achievement or supplement regular academic courses; and

2. Promote the schools and individual students’ educational goals and objectives;

b. Be governed by a policy adopted by the local school board that:

1. Provides for the administration and supervision of the program;

2. Outlines how school personnel will oversee, although not necessarily lead, facilitate, or coordinate, an individual student’s program;

3. Requires that each extended learning proposal be aligned with district and graduation competencies consistent with RSA 193-C:3 that students are expected to demonstrate for graduation, and be approved by the school prior to its beginning;

4. Specifies that students will be able to attain acknowledgement of achievement through mastery of district or graduation competencies for extended learning activities, including, but not limited to, independent study, private instruction, team sports, performing groups, internships, community service, and work study; and

5. Requires that acknowledgement of achievement shall be based on a student’s demonstration of district or graduation competencies, as approved by a certified educator;

c. Incorporate student participation in selecting, organizing, and carrying out extended learning activities; and

d. Be available to all students;

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