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Principal Nathan Schar
641 Norseman Dr.
Modesto, CA 95357
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Agriculture Academy (AG)


The Academy Model

The Partnership Academy Model is a three-year program, grades 10-12, structured as a school-within-a-school. There are currently over 500 funded programs throughout California. The model, originating with the Philadelphia Academies in the late 1960s, spread to California in the early 1980s. Academies incorporate many features of the high school reform movement that includes creating a close family-like atmosphere, integrating academic and career technical education, and establishing viable business partnerships. Emphasis is also placed on student achievement and positive post secondary outcomes. Academies have been carefully evaluated and shown to have positive impacts on school performance. Key components of the Academy model are:

  • Curriculum focused on a career theme and coordinated with related academic classes;
  • A voluntary student selection process that identifies interested ninth graders;
  • A team of teachers who work together to plan and implement the program;
  • A variety of motivational activities with private sector involvement to encourage academic and occupational preparation such as a mentor and internship program, enhanced curriculum, classroom speakers, field trips, and post secondary options.


Johansen's Agriculture Academy promotes the integration of academics and a career focus in three career pathways - Agriculture Mechanics, Animal Science, and Plant Science. Students in the Agriculture Academy can participate in FFA activities that promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.

Freshmen may enroll in Integrated Ag Science 1-2, then at the end of their freshman year, choose a career pathway: Ag Mechanics, Animal Science or Floral Design/Plant Science for their elective. The two-year sequence of Integrated Ag Science 1-2 and 3-4 meets the physical science and biological science graduation requirements.

Johansen's Agriculture Academy was awarded with the outstanding academy of the year within the state for 2016!

Why Join

  • Agriculture is California's #1 industry
  • Participate in a renowned leadership organization
  • Field trips to colleges and other exciting destinations
  • Hands-On activities in the classroom
  • Excellent teachers who want you to succeed
  • Academy Counselor for guidance and support
  • Opportunities to earn money
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Opportunities to travel to other states
  • Meet business and industry leaders
  • Three career pathways from which to choose
  • Be part of the fun "Ag Family"


  • Nationally recognized organization of students, parents, educators, community leaders, and agricultural industry representatives.
  • Chapters in every state and territory in the country
  • Provides leadership skills that are in high demand
  • State conference in Fresno, CA
  • National Convention in Indiana or Kentucky
  • Job interview contest
  • Public speaking contest
  • Regional and State Livestock Competitions

Animal Science

Are you interested in taking care of animals? A Career Pathway in Animal Science may be for you!

Classroom Activities

  • Raise an animal for market
  • Incubate chicks
  • Learn how to treat and prevent illness
  • Embryo transfer
  • Livestock judging

Career Possibilities

  • Veterinarian
  • Horse Trainer
  • Marine Biologist
  • Livestock Breeder
  • Game Warden
  • Ag Teacher

Plant Science

Do you enjoy growing vegetables and flowers? Our Plant Science Career Pathway can help you prepare for one of California's leading agricultural segments.

Classroom Activities

  • Fruit development
  • Greenhouse management
  • Composting and soil preparation
  • Hydroponics
  • Landscaping techniques

Career Possibilities

  • Florist
  • Nursery owner & management
  • Turf grass management
  • Viticulture & wine development
  • Pest control advisor
  • Farmer/crop advisor

Ag Mechanics

Are you interested in building things with metal? Ag Mechanics is a great place for you!

Classroom Activities

  • Arc, Gas, and Mig Welding
  • Tool box project layout and fabrication
  • Design and fabrication of drum BBQ or belt buckle
  • Electrical wiring and techniques
  • Tractor safety techniques

Career Possibilities

  • Professional welder
  • Ag Electrician
  • Ag Diesel Mechanic
  • Ag Equipment Sales
  • Ag Engineering
  • Irrigation Management

Sample Schedule

10th Grade

  • Ag . Science 3/4
  • CP English 3/4
  • World History
  • Math
  • Elective (A-G Elective, PE)
  • Elective (A-G Elective, PE)

11th Grade

  • Advanced Ag Biology
  • English 5/6
  • US History
  • Math
  • Career Pathway Class
  • Ag Mech
  • Animal Science
  • Floral Design
  • Elective (A-G Elective, PE)
  • Elective (A-G Elective, PE)

12th Grade

  • English 7/8
  • Government/Economics
  • Elective (A-G Elective, PE)
  • Elective (A-G Elective, PE)
  • Elective (A-G Elective, PE)


"Joining the Ag Academy was one of the best choices I made in high school. I get to do so many fun things and have met so many people...This academy is a great place for me to be!" -- Ag Academy Student

"The Ag Academy helped my child have a plan for life after high school. My daughter loved the field trips and the classroom activities gave her opportunities to succeed." -- Parent of Ag Academy Student

"The Ag Academy provides opportunities for all students. It welcomes young men and women who want a quality education, the opportunity to build their resume, and be recognized for their achievements. We work as a team to ensure success." -- Ag Academy Teacher

"Students who are a part of the Ag program at Johansen experience their academics with rigor and relevance on a daily basis. They understand the importance of positive relationships, goal setting, planning, organizing, teamwork, and follow through. By the end of their high school education, Ag students at Johansen are well prepared to take on whatever challenges are next in their lives." -- Principal


For more information or questions about becoming part of the Ag Academy, please contact:

Dustin Parson

Dustin Parson
[email protected]
(209) 574-1760