Do you have a green thumb? Do you like working with plants and animals? Do you enjoy working outside?
The Agriculture and Natural Resources Academy offers exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the science of agriculture, plants, animals, biotechnology natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. Additionally students will learn the principles of plant science through topics such as the mechanisms and interactions of plant systems, soil and soilless systems to propagate and produce plant materials, classifying plants using scientific naming, anatomy and physiology of plants, growing environments and pests and diseases.
Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL)
10920 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Students seeking a four-year postsecondary institution are advised to enroll in Advanced Placement Biology, Chemistry and advanced mathematics electives.
There are no formal certification tests given; however, student who have taken high school agricultural and natural resources courses have demonstrated their commitment to a rigorous, challenging program. They are prime candidates for a college or university agricultural and natural resources program. Students are encouraged to interview with the head of college programs to discuss what they have learned in high school and what college courses would be appropriate.
Students who successfully complete the Agricultural Science Academy program sequence, with a grade of B or higher in academy courses, may be eligible for credits at UMD elective in an Agricultural Science program.
Suggested Course Schedule
|Grade Level||Course 1||Course 2||Course 3||Course 4||Course 5||Course 6||Course 7|
|Ninth Grade||English required||Mathematics required||Science required||Social Studies required||Fitness & Health required||Technology Education required||Fine Arts available|
|Tenth Grade||English required||Mathematics required||Science required||Social Studies required||Fine Arts required||Elective available||Elective available|
|Eleventh Grade||English required||Mathematics required||Chemistry||Social Studies required||Elective available||Agricultural Science I|
|Twelfth Grade||English required||Mathematics required||Science Elective required||Elective available||Agricultural Science II - G/T|