3 Circle Model
All of our offered courses use the 3-circle model. Each component is essential to the success of our program and its students.
Classroom: This is the hands-on learning that takes place in the classroom during the school day. Students gain knowledge and skills relating to the agricultural industry.
SAE: This is the at-home implementation of the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. SAE allows students to gain hands-on experience in the agricultural industry in a personalized way.
FFA: FFA is the leadership component of our courses. All students at Wakefield High School are affiliate members of FFA. Students gain valuable leadership skills that prepare them for successful careers, create good citizens of the community, and allows them to grow personally and professionally.
Horticulture 1 focuses on the basics of plants. Students learn to identify plants, the anatomy and structure of plants, plant reproduction, and pest management. Students are able to work in our vegetable garden and assist with the fall and winter plant sales.
Horticulture 2 focuses on industry practices relating to plants. Students dive into the details of greenhouse and nursery production, landscaping, turf grass management, and floral design. Students enhance their plant identification skills as well.
In Animal Science I, students learn a wide range of topics on animals including reproduction, husbandry, nutrition, etc. They also give supervised care to our animals on campus.
In Animal Science II Large Animal, students have the opportunity to focus on large animal production. They take on more independent projects revolving around anatomy, nutrition, evaluation, and processing.
In Animal Science II Companion Animal, students have the opportunity to focus on small animals such as dogs, cats, pet pockets, birds, and fish. Students take on more independent projects and care for our small animals on campus.
Students in Horticulture Advanced Studies take on important leadership roles in the Horticulture Department. Students complete an independent project, work with horticulture structures on campus, take leadership over plant sales, and gain skills in agricultural literacy and advocacy.
Students in Animal Science Advanced studies ensure the Animal Science Department runs smoothly and effectively by preforming maintenance repairs and cleaning. They are responsible for proper animal care and ensuring other students learn how to properly care for the animals. Students complete an independent project, work in the animal pens, and gain skills in agricultural literacy and advocacy.