Getting Ag Credit to Count: Parents, Guardians and Students

High school agriculture classes can be a great way for students to learn hands-on application of many STEM concepts. Agriculture classes can potentially count toward science graduation requirements and/or college entrance admissions requirements. To make that happen, first start by talking to your school administrators and counselors to see if this is an option for you or your student.

Here's an example of what to say and how to reach out:

Dear [Superintendent/Counselor],

I understand that it is possible for Agricultural Science classes to count for substitution of required and elective science classes in special circumstances determined at the local school district level. I would like to determine if my son's/daughter's [Ag. science course name] taught by [Ag. science course instructor] could possibly count towards high school science graduation and college admissions requirements. My [son/daughter/myself] [insert name] really enjoys the hands-on learning of these classes. Please consider approving the [agriculture course name] for science credit and visit www.IowaSTEM.gov/AgisSTEM to learn more about the pathways for approval.

Sincerely,

[Parent/Guardian/Student Name]


One example model Agricultural Science curriculum well-established in Iowa that satisfies Iowa Core Standards in science subjects is CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education). Here's their flyer for more information: CASE Flyer