Q: Will the Agricultural Science program be a good fit for my son or daughter?
A: Yes, if your son or daughter enjoys science classes such as biology this could be a great opportunity.
Q: What certifications/college credit options are available for my son or daughter in the Agricultural Science program?
A: The Agricultural Science Program offers motivated students the opportunity to earn the following professional certifications: OSHA.
Students will also have the opportunity to earn college credits in conjunction with the following courses: County College of Morris for Plant Science course, Rutgers SEBS for Plant Science and Animal and Plant Biotechnology Courses.
Q:What are the costs to the parents?
A: Students should bring their own folders for organizing paperwork, and a lab notebook or composition notebook for the third year when learning to keep a professional lab notebook.
Q: How does the Agricultural Science program work?
A: Students will apply to the program during their 8th grade year or during their freshman year. Based on entrance exams, attendance records, grades, and discipline, students are admitted to the program as freshmen and sophomores with the option to attend Vo-Tech shared or full time.
Q: What are the requirements for entry?
A: Students must submit an application to our school prior to the deadline. Students must not have any major discipline incidences as well as excessive absences. Additionally, students must be in good academic standing. Any student who submits an application will partake in our entrance testing. Students take an entrance exam for both English and Math. Students must score at least a 7.0 on both assessments.
Q: My child did not have any major discipline incidences, excessive absences, and is in good academic standing, however, they scored below the required 7.0 on the admission testing. Is there anything they can do to receive a spot in the program?
A: Any student who scored below a 7.0 and has additional information that would impact the decision should write an appeal.
Q: How does my child get to Vo-Tech?
A: Transportation is provided by the sending district. Questions about transportation may be directed to the transportation department at the sending district.
Q: What clubs/activities can my child be part of?
A: Any student attending Vo-Tech shared or full time will have the opportunity to participate in any club that we offer. For students attending full time, if Vo-Tech does not offer a club you are interested in, then you can partake in it at your sending district. Additionally, all Agricultural Science students are automatically enrolled as members of National FFA where they learn Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success. Involvement in our Somerset FFA Chapter gives students an opportunity to apply and practice classroom knowledge and skill and learn valuable leadership skills. Other opportunities through FFA include but are not limited to: competitions, awards, honorary degrees and scholarships.