Newton High School

Structure and benefits

How the Academy will work at NHS

All courses in the academy meet graduation requirements and are taught using the same standards as traditional courses. Instruction will focus on agriculture as it relates to the content as much as possible. The academy begins with a cohort of students in the 10th grade and progresses through the senior year.

 

The suggested Program of Study includes classes at all grade levels. There are options for those wishing to take Honors or AP courses. This program includes the following:

 

Grade English Math Science Social Studies Other Required Ag Course Recommended Elective
9th  English I Algebra I Integrated Science Elective

PE

Computer Apps

Tech Ag Modern Ag Mechanics
10th English II Geometry Biology World History

PE

Speech (integrated
in all academy courses)

Plant & Animal Science

Horticulture I

Animal Science
Pre-Vocational Welding

11th English III Algebra II Chemistry US History Financial Mgmt Agribusiness

Horticulture II

Animal Health/Vet Tech 

Small Engine Repair

12th English IV Elective Elective

Government or

Economics or

Psych or Sociology

Elective

Ag Leadership and Communications

Internship

Ag Equipment Construction

Ag Power

 

Benefits of the Academy Model

Students in a career academy have a mixture of agriculture and academic classes at the same time. They show students how their subjects relate to each other and the career field. Field trips, career shadows and internships are integrated into the academy and provide real-world experiences and hands-on learning.

 

Becoming a Member

Enrollment is open to all 10th grade students beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Applications will be available during the enrollment period. The academy is a voluntary program and students are encouraged to follow a suggested course progression. Modifications can be made to accommodate advanced coursework outside the academy.

 

FFA Membership

Academy students will be involved in FFA. As an FFA member students can compete in various competitions, attend state and national conventions and qualify for scholarships. FFA members participate in community service projects including the state FFA food drive, community plant sale and Day at the Farm events for elementary students.