Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Available at:

Jordan High School
6806 Garrett Road
Durham, NC 27707

Northern High School
117 Tom Wilkinson
Durham, NC 27712

This program features learning strategies that are appropriate for Agricultural and Natural Resources technologies. A greenhouse, biotech lab and animal lab area exist to allow for hands-on learning. The Agriculture teacher provides quality instruction and premier FFA leadership activities. Students can choose to become members of the extracurricular club FFA, a national organization that empowers students to become leaders, build self-esteem and prepare for career success.  

Jordan High School
4 Year Plan Option A:
9-Agriscience Applications
10-Animal Science 1 (livestock & poultry)
11-Animal Science 2 (small companion pets)
12-CTE Advanced Studies or Environmental & Natural Resources 1 or Foods 1

4 Year Plan Option B:
9-Agriscience Applications
10-Biotechnology & Agriscience Research 1
11-Biotechnology & Agriscience Research 2
12-CTE Advanced Studies or Environmental & Natural Resources 1 or Foods 1


Northern High School
4 Year Plan Option A:
9 - Agriscience Applications
10 - Animal Science 1 (livestock & poultry)
11 - Animal Science 2 (small companion pets)
12 - CTE Advanced Studies or Environmental & Natural Resources 1 or Foods 1

4 year Plan Option B:
9 - Agriscience Applications
10 - Horticulture 1
11 - Horticulture 2
12 - CTE Advanced Studies or Environmental & Natural Resources 1 or Foods 1

Course Descriptions:

Agriscience Applications
Students study the environment, natural resources, food production, and agribusiness using the principles of biology and the physical sciences as they apply to agriscience technology. Topics include pest management, plant science, landscaping, animal science, agricultural engineering, leadership and agriscience careers.
Horticulture I
Students begin the study of horticulture by exploring these topics: plant growth and development, plant nutrition, basic plant identification, pest management, and chemical disposal. Students learn about careers in horticulture and have opportunities for hands-on work experiences and leadership development.
Horticulture II (Completer Course)
This course is based on the NC Landscape Contractor's association skill standards for a Certified Landscape Technician. Students learn how to interpret landscape designs, identify landscape plants, and plant and maintain trees, shrubs and turf.

Biotechnology & Agriscience Research I
This course provides instruction in the technologically advanced world of agriculture and life sciences. Students are exposed to the latest techniques and advances in plant and animal biotechnology with a strong emphasis on hands-on activities.
Biotechnology & Agriscience Research II
This course provides instruction in laboratory and safety skills needed by agricultural research scientists. Current applications of biotechnology in animal science, environmental science, food science and plant science are emphasized. Basic concepts of genetics and microbiology are applied to the agriculture industry and its success in providing food and fiber for the world.
Environmental & Natural Resources I
This course provides an introduction to environmental studies, which includes topics of instruction in renewable and non-renewable natural resources, history of the environment, personal development, water and air quality, waste management, land use regulations, soils, meteorology, fisheries, forestry, and wildlife habitat.

Animal Science I
Students learn basic scientific principles and processes that are involved in animal physiology, breeding, nutrition, and care in preparation for an animal science career major.
Animal Science II - Small Animal (Completer course)
This course provides instruction on animal science topics related to small animals that are served by a veterinarian. Content related to the breeding, grooming, care and marketing of animals that fit into this category are taught in this course.
CTE Advanced Studies
Students work under the guidance of a teacher with expertise in the content of the completer course in collaboration with community members, business representatives, and other school-based personnel. The four parts of the course include writing a research paper, producing a product, developing a portfolio, and delivering a presentation.
CTE Internship
A CTE Internship allows for additional development of career and technical competencies within a general career field. Internships allow students to observe and participate in daily operations, develop direct contact with job personnel, ask questions about particular careers, and perform certain job tasks.
Foods I
This course examines the nutritional needs of the individual. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of diet to health, kitchen and meal management, food preparation and sustainability for a global society, and time and resource management.

Lottery Priorities
Applicants residing in the Jordan High School attendance zone will be assigned first.

Applicants must rank their school of priority as their first choice to be considered for a priority through the lottery process.

*Please note that there is no guarantee of assignment, as seats must be available at the grade level requested. 

District wide Pathway Model (Pathway model is defined as students will be transported from their base school to the assigned school. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the base school.)