Agriculture Education




Agriculture Education courses at Stanwood High School provide students with the opportunity to explore and develop skills used in many industries.  Through hands on, application based instruction these courses allow students to learn in an environment that closely resembles the world of work.  Agriculture Education is not just about farming.   We offer courses in Agriculture Science (Applied Science), Horticulture, Animal & Veterinary Science, Natural Resources, and Mechanical Technology (welding, machining, small gas engines, etc). 
Many of these courses can be used to meet the Science Graduation & College Admission requirements, Fine Arts Requirements, and even 3rd Year Math requirements.  
Additionally courses with a  logo allow students to earn FREE college credits.

Please take a few minutes to explore our opportunities below.  

SCIENCE EXPLORATIONS IN AGRICULTURE (AG SCIENCE I)       
Transcript Designation S B
Course Code: AGR110
Grade Level: 9
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Lab Science
Prerequisite:  None

This course focuses on topics that include Scientific Method, Streams and Groundwater Systems, Earth Systems, Soil Systems, Applied Chemistry, and Applied Physics. Leadership and career skill readiness is imbedded in the curriculum. Curriculum is aligned to the current Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Science credit is earned upon completion. This is an Algebra based science. *Not NCAA Approved

 
APPLIED SCIENCES IN AGRICULTURE (AG SCIENCE II)      
Transcript Designation S
Course Code: AGR210

Grade Level: 10
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Lab Science
Prerequisite: None

This class takes an exploratory and hands-on approach to production horticulture, agricultural mechanics and natural resources. Ag Mechanics topics include safety, concrete and masonry work, sheet metal, pipe work, forge and lathe operations and basic lumber construction. Horticulture projects include work with poinsettias, bulbs, Easter lilies, wreaths, bedding plants and basic landscape. Natural resources topics include soil conservation and forestry. FFA leadership and career opportunities are also covered. This course fulfills an occupational educational credit or a science credit. This is an Algebra-based science. *Not NCAA Approved

 
ANIMAL SCIENCE
Transcript Designation S
Course Code: AGR215

Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
Length of Class:  Year-Long
Credit:  1 CTE or Lab Science, Biology
Prerequisite:  None

Animal Science centers on the science of the animal. The biological approach is used to teach Cells and Tissues, Genetics, Reproduction and Breeding, Nutrition and Health. Students will be involved in the safe handling of animals, and study the selection and marketing of various animals and their products. Focus is based on production agriculture. Leadership and career skill readiness is imbedded in the curriculum. This is and Algebra-based science.
*Approved for Biology credit due to state course equivalency.

VETERINARY SCIENCE
Transcript Designation S
Course Code: AGR320

Grade Level:  10, 11, 12
Length of Class:  Year-Long
Credit:  1 CTE or Lab Science
Prerequisite:  None

An activity driven course, which offers students the opportunity to explore veterinary science with an emphasis on technical skills require for job and career readiness. Students will learn about animal anatomy, principles of disease cause and control. They will perform clinical exams on various species and how to safely handle the animals. Laboratory techniques used by a veterinary assistant will be practiced. Students will work with various animals as a regular part of the course. Leadership and career skill readiness is imbedded in the curriculum. * Not NCAA Approved. 

 
NATURAL RESOURCES I
Transcript Designation S
Course Code: AGR399

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Lab Science, Biology
Prerequisite: None

Students will explore the Life Science Core Ideas (as established by the National Next Generation and Washington Science Standards) while investigating and researching, hands-on, core content from the areas of Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Ecology, Soils and Land Management, Forestry, Human Impact on the Environment, Invasive/Endangered Species, Air Quality, Wildlife and Fisheries Management and Water Quality. *Approved for Biology credit due to state course equivalency. 
 
MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE I  (MECH TECH I) 
Transcript Designation T  
Course Code: AGR312
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE
Prerequisite: None

This class is an introduction to mechanical technology in agriculture applications. Students will explore and apply techniques in arc welding, oxy-fuel, gas welding, small gas engines and residential electricity. Students will be required to use power tools while utilizing safety precautions in the shop as well as typical work force environments. Possible introduction in GTAW (TIG) and GMAW (MIG) welding, and light project construction.

MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE II   (MECH TECH II)    

Transcript Designation T  
Course Code: AGR412
Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE, Ag Mech II 3rd Year or Fine Art credit
Prerequisite: Mech Tech I

A year-long course with instruction in career options, safety, power tools, practical surveying, agricultural structures, small gas engines and understanding and selecting electric motors. During course instruction students will develop advanced skills and techniques in electric arc welding, oxy-fuel gas welding, GMAW (MIG) welding, GTAW (TIG) welding, project planning and design. Students are required to work on semester-length projects for home and/or community.

 


HORTICULTURE (Plant Science)  
Transcript Designation S
Course Code: AGR314

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Lab Science, Biology
Prerequisite:  None

Horticulture centers on the science of the plant. The biological approach is used to
teach Cells and Tissues, Genetics, Propagation and Plant Production, Disease and Pest Management.  Students will be involved in the production of plants and plant
materials, as well as their marketing and sale. Leadership and career skill readiness is
imbedded in the curriculum.
*Approved for Biology credit due to state course equivalency

 
FLORICULTURE AND GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION (Floral Design)
Course Code: AGR514
Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Fine Art*
Prerequisite:  None

Students will develop career skills as they learn a variety of floral design techniques that are important for obtaining a job in the industry. The production, management, marketing and sale of floral and home landscape crops are part of the curriculum. Indoor and flowering plant design, maintenance and production will also be included.  Leadership and career skill readiness is imbedded in the curriculum. *Not NCAA Approved. *Does not meet CADR's requirement.
 
LANDSCAPE AND NURSERY PRODUCTION (Landscaping)
Transcript Designation S
Course Code: AGR515

Grade Level: 11, 12
Length of Class: Year-Long
Credit: 1 CTE or Lab Science
Prerequisite: Horticulture

Students will learn to construct landscape  designs through hand-drawn designs, computer simulation, models and demonstration plots. Production, care and maintenance of landscape and nursery plants will be covered; as well as operation and maintenance of hand and power equipment used in landscaping and turf maintenance. Students will be designing, installing and maintaining landscapes. *Not NCAA Approved
 
SUPERVISED AGRICULTRAL EXPERIENCE (SAE)
Course Code:  AGR599
Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12                      
Length of Course:  Year
Credit: 1 CTE         
Pre-Requisite:  Concurrent AgEd course
Student must be enrolled in another AgEd course at the same time    
     
This course is designed to establish knowledge and skills in various agricultural careers.  Students will gain credit by establishing a project at their home, at a local business, or at their school usually after normal school hours.  Students will be required to verify their experiences by keeping computerized records dealing with the finances and labor of their project. SAE lessons are imbedded in each agricultural course. SAE participation can lead to fulltime employment, scholarships, and award through the FFA, a student leadership organization. This course in addition to any other agricultural course and does not meet as a class but as independent study.