SHS offers a full, four-year program in Agriculture Education; students may choose from two pathways—Plant Science or Animal Science.
The Agriscience program consists of several laboratory science classes where students are involved in hands-on activities in the classroom and greenhouse, as well as on campus and through home projects. Students often apply concepts learned in class to their SAE projects. They are also able to compete in activities in the FFA (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America). Students gain knowledge and skills to help them transition to college or careers after high school.
The program is delivered through three interconnected components:
- Classroom or laboratory instruction.
- Experiential learning — Hands-on learning experiences that take place outside of the classroom and are supervised by the agriculture instructor.
- Leadership education — Learning delivered through participation in student organizations such as the National FFA Organization, the National Young Farmer Education Association and others.
Courses include the following:
- 9th grade: Introduction to Agricultural Science
- 9th/10th grade: Plant Biology or Animal Biology
- 10th/11th grade: Floral design or Advanced Animal Biology
- 11th/12th grade: Agroecology and Sunstainability
Our CTE (Career and Technical Education) program provides integral education to students on the vital subjects of agriculture, food and natural resources in a hands-on learning environment. CTE prepares students to be both college and career-ready by providing core academic, employability and technical and career-specific skills.
Here are some fast facts about CTE education provided by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE):