Agricultural Courses

At SBHS, there is another track that students can opt into besides A-G College track to graduate high school - the Career Techincal Education (CTE) Pathway! 

Once the students opt into the pathway, they can either be CTE career-bound or CTE college-bound. This helps them get sought after CTE classes that they are interested in and keep on the pathway for a career or for a college! It's the best of both worlds, gain skills and experience while also being college ready! 

Agriculture Pathways

  • Agriscience

  • Agricultural Mechanics 

  • Animal Science 

  • Ornamental Horticulture

Sustainable Agriculture Pathway

 Biology and Sustainable Agriculture

Grades: 9, 10

Recommendations: None 

Duration: 1 Year

Description: This a one-year laboratory science course designed for the college bound students with career interests in agriculture. Using animal science and plant science as the learning vehicle, the course focuses on the following topics: evolution, genetics, cell biology, organisms, and ecology, along with supervised occupational experiences program are an integral part of the instruction. 

Meets graduation requirements for Life Science and Career Technical Education. 

Meets UC/CSU entrance requirement 'd.'

Chemistry and Agriscience 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Recommendations: A 'C' or better in Algebra 1 

Duration: 1 Year

Description: This course explores the chemical and physical nature of soil as well as the relationship between soil, plants, animals and agricultural practices. Students will examine properties of soil and land and their connections to plant and animal production. Using knowledge of scientific protocols, as well as course content, students will develop an agri-science research program to be conducted throughout the first semester of the course. Throughout this course will gain National FFA Membership and be able to  compete in career development events

Meets graduation requirements for Physical Science and Career Technical Education. 

Meets UC/CSU entrance requirement 'd.'

Interdisciplinary Science for Sustainable

Agriculture Honors

Grades: 11, 12

Recommendations: None

Duration: 1 Year

Description: This integrated class combines an interdisciplinary approach to laboratory science research with agricultural management principles. Using skills and principles learned in the course, students design systems and experiments to solve agricultural management issues currently facing the industry. The course culminates with an agriscience experimental research project in which students design and conduct and experiment to solve a relevant issue. Final projects will be eligible for Career Development Event competitions at FFA Events. Throughout the course students will be graded on participation in intracurricular FFA Activities as well as the development and maintenance of  an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience program. 

Meets graduation requirements for Life Science, or Physical Science and Career Technical Education.

Meets UC/CSU entrance requirement 'd.'

Students will receive honors bump upon successful completion of the course

Ornamental Horiculture Pathway

Floriculture

Grades: 11, 12

Recommendations: None

Duration: 1 Year

Description: This class involves the fundamentals of floral design theory, techniques, and skills currently practiced in the floral design industry, including wedding, sympathy, party, holiday, and themed floral designs. Subjects will include applied art principles, cut flower care & handling practices, proper and safe use of florist tools and materials, pricing of floral products and use of current business technology. Skills to be developed include customer relations, consultations, pricing and use of technology in the industry. Course instruction also includes construction of corsages, floral arrangements,  foliage plant items, introductory ornamental horticulture , identification of plants and flowers, professional industry organizations, and career opportunities. Construction and servicing of special events, party and holiday floral display are included. In addition, the intracurricular program supports and enhances the materials covered in the classroom. This includes involvement in FFA Activities, planning of agricultural based  projects and keeping accurate records. Students have the option of traveling to various colleges and universities throughout the state for FFA Activities. 

Meets UC/CSU entrance requirement 'f.'

Meets graduation requirement for Career Technical Education and Performing Arts

Environmental Horticulture

Grades: 11, 12

Recommendations: Biology and Sustainable Agriculture; Chemistry and Agriscience  

Duration: 1 Year

Description: This course is designed to instruct students in the growth, production, and care of plants for ornamental and environmental purposes. Students will learn plant taxonomy, physiology, reproduction, growth, identification, propagation, soils, integrated pest management, landscape design, vegetable production, and floral design. Students will be introduced to careers in environmental plant science as it is one of the fastest growing sectors in the agricultural industry. 

Meets graduation requirements for Life Science and Career Technical Education.

Meets UC/CSU entrance requirement 'd.'

Animal Science Pathway

Veterinary Science

Grades: 11, 12

Recommendations: Biology and Sustainable Agriculture; Algebra 1

Duration: 1 Year

Description: This course provides an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of a variety of animal species and is designed to build knowledgeable problem solvers in the field of Veterinary Science. Students will be exposed to careers relating to small and large animal care by studying anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health and disease prevention. Students will also study many different animal breeds and animal reproductive processes. This class is designed to build knowledgeable problem solvers in the field of Veterinary Science and will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to properly care for their own animals and enter the animal husbandry industry by using a combination of challenging and creative academics and hands-on experience. FFA and the Supervised Agricultural Experience program are an integral part of the instruction. The intracurricular FFA Program supports and enhances the materials covered in the classroom. This includes involvement in FFA Activities, planning of an agricultural based project, and keeping accurate records. Students will have the option of traveling to various colleges and universities throughout the state for FFA Activities.  

Meets graduation requirements for Life Science and Career Technical Education.

Meets UC/CSU entrance requirement 'd.'

Agricultural Mechanics Pathway

Foundations of Agriculture & Industrial Technology

Grades: 9

Recommendations: None

Duration: 1 Year

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to practical skills in all areas of Ag & IT including, woods, metals, basic Ag mechanics and small engines. Students will learn how to properly use shop equipment and provide the opportunity to learn many valuable skills that may develop into successful careers in one or more of the industry concentrations. Foundations of Agriculture and  Industrial Technology is a course that develops individual skills in 10 major areas. In addition, the intracurricular FFA program supports and enhances the materials covered in the classroom. 

Meets graduation requirements of Career Technical Education

Agriculture Engineering

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Recommendations: Foundations of Agriculture  & Industrial Technology

Duration: 1 Year

Description: Agricultural Engineering is the second class offered in the Mechanics Pathway at San Benito High School. In this course, students will continue to build skills gained in the Foundations in Agriculture & Industrial Technology  course relating to the transfer of matter and energy through electrical, fluid, thermal and mechanical systems. Students will  explore professional opportunities in the field of agricultural engineering. Integral  to this will  also be participating in this program, students will prepare to matriculate into post-secondary Agricultural Engineering programs such as those offered at the University of California, Davis and Cal Poly, San  Luis Obispo. Additionally this course may be a gateway program for those students interested in post-secondary study in mechanical or structural engineering. 

 Meets UC/CSU entrance requirement 'g'

Agricultural Fabrication

Grades: 11, 12

Recommendations: Foundations of Agriculture  & Industrial Technology, Agriculture Engineering

Duration: 1 Year

Description: Agriculture Fabrication is an academically challenging course that  integrates mathematics, science, writing and mechanics. Specific units include: using the Ag Fabrication Shop, Measurement, Project Planning, Oxygen/Acetylene Torch Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Individual SAE Project, and Careers in Agriculture Fabrication and Mechanics. Students will focus on understanding theory of the preceding areas, as well as mastery of application of these theories. Students will exceed core academic knowledge and demonstrate critical thinking skills  as they apply their knowledge to projects, real-life scenarios, and case studies. Students will perform advanced research in various fields within the  metal fabrication industry. A variety of resources will be accessed for the creating written oral presentations that demonstrate students' knowledge and ability. Units covered in this course will build upon existing knowledge where applicable. End of the unit projects will incorporate, at   minimum, the knowledge acquired from at least one other previously covered unit. Throughout this course students will be assessed on participation in intracurricular FFA Activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience program.   

Meets graduation requirement for Career Technical Education. This course may be repeated

Meets UC/CSU entrance requirement 'g'

Address

1220 Monterey St. 

Hollister, CA 95023

Phone

(831) 637-5831