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Agriculture and Natural Resources Academy

CTE at The Academy

Beginning in fall 2015, The Academy launched its first SFUSD CTE (Career and Technical Education) pathway in Agriculture and Natural Resources.  The Academy will feature a cohort of about 30 students taking one class this first year (Plant Biology) and will add a second cohort of students in Fall, 2016 to increase the number of students in the program to approximately 60.

The course will be taught by Sam Hartman, who as a representative of and with EcoSF, for the past five years has helped to create the School Farm on campus.  During this time he has built strong relationships with teachers at The Academy as to integrate permaculture and environmental studies into everyday curriculum.  Last year, Sam worked as a representative of CUESA and the Schoolyard to Market program with two of Pat Coghlan's Government and Economics classes - which was a rousing success.

We are very excited to have Sam as part of our faculty and thankful to Tori Jacobs (also of EcoSF) who with Sam created the Urban Farm on campus that will become the learning space for our new Agriculture and Natural Resources

CTE Academies

CTE academies are high-school programs that integrate students learning in school with real-world opportunities to increase student motivation and achievement.

According to The California Center for College and Career, "Pathways that link learning with student interests and career preparation lead to higher graduation rates, increased college enrollments, and higher earning potential."

CTE academies expose students to different career fields, motivate them to think about their personal college and career path and integrate the development of 21st century pre-professional skills.

These academies feature cross-curricular projects focused on specific career industry themes and academic topics. The Academy courses stress hands-on, project-based learning to provide a more authentic, real-world educational and work-based learning experience for students.