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Horticulture Program Course Descriptions

Introductory Horticulture - 1.0 credit (2 semesters)                                                           CORE ELECTIVE/OPEN ELECTIVE

Grade Level: 9–12                                            

Fee:  35

Prerequisite: None

*College credit at Joliet Junior College available

This course will introduce students to the field of horticulture and the fascinating world of plants. The class includes a basic botany segment where students learn how plants function, how plants are classified and how plants are identified. The course also provides an overview of the specialty career areas within horticulture such as greenhouse management, floral design, and landscaping while offering an array of hands-on activities. Students may have the opportunity to take home plants they have grown in the greenhouse and other creative projects made in class or through the Horticulture Club. In addition, students will learn workplace skills for entry level employment and specific horticultural skills.

*Meets Science graduation requirement as a core elective. (A125)


Advanced Horticulture Seminar - .5 credit (1 semester)                                                     CORE ELECTIVE/OPEN ELECTIVE

Grade Level: 10–12                                           

Fee:  $25 (variable per projects selected)

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Introductory Horticulture and/or Fundamentals of Floral Design

*College credit at Joliet Junior College available

This course continues to build on the concepts presented in Introductory Horticulture and/or Fundamentals of Floral Design. Students are provided the opportunity to increase skills and undertake individual specialty projects based on their area of interest.  Topics could include seasonal greenhouse crops, propagation projects, and off-site visits to interview horticultural professionals, landscaping design and implementation, advanced floral designs and portfolio building, etc. Plant identification of all FFA contest plants will be covered, and students will be encouraged to participate in competition. Business management, sales and service, and professional development may also be covered.

*Meets Science graduation requirement as a core elective. (A224)


Floral Design Fundamentals - .5 credit (1 semester)                                                  SELECTIVE ELECTIVE/OPEN ELECTIVE

Grade Level: 9–12                                                        

Fee:  $30

Prerequisite: Introductory Horticulture recommended


This course explores the creative field of Floral Design. Students learn the basic principles and elements of artistic design. They will apply their knowledge and practice skills through many creative, hands-on floral projects to take home. Students will work with an array of beautiful fresh flowers as well as dried and silk flowers. Workplace skills for entry-level employment and specific floral design skills will be covered, and each student will develop a portfolio of design projects. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. (A226)



Advanced Floral Design - .5 credit (1 semester)                                                         SELECTIVE ELECTIVE/OPEN ELECTIVE

Grade Level: 10-12                                           

Fee:  $30

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Floral Design Fundamentals


This advanced course builds on the concepts learned in Floral Design Fundamentals and provides greater opportunities for creativity and the sharpening of skills used in a flower shop. Students will learn designs for weddings, parties, and funerals as well as develop shop displays, balloon creations and advanced design projects to take home. Students will learn the basics of business management, customer service and marketing related to the floral industry by making an on-site visit to a flower shop. Each student will develop a portfolio of individual design work and participation in floral design competition will be encouraged.
 


Landscaping - 1.0 credit (2 semesters)                                                                        SELECTIVE ELECTIVE/OPEN ELECTIVE

Grade Level: 10–12

Fee:  $15

Prerequisite: None

This advanced course focuses on the landscape design and maintenance facet of the horticulture industry. Students will learn the basic design process including working with clients, drafting techniques, plant design concepts, plant selection and sales. The students will learn landscape plants and their related maintenance requirements. In addition, technology and experimentation with computer generated designs will also be offered along with a special segment on turf management. Students will be encouraged to interact with landscape professionals as resources for class. (A325)


Senior Internship - .5 credit (1 semester)                                                                                                           OPEN ELECTIVE

Grade Level: 12

Fee:  None

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a sequence of classes recommended; employability skills; approval and review process involving the student, faculty, and employer mentor. The application and interview process must be completed by the announced due date during the junior year.


Seniors who have completed all levels of relevant classes and are at a point in their education where “on the job” exposure is the next level of learning may apply for an internship. The internship is arranged through the school and related to a sequence of courses completed at the high school level. Formal training arrangements are developed between the employer and a school representative, outlining the expectations for the internship. Transportation required for the internship is the responsibility of the student.  Senior internship is open to all seniors regardless of course of study.


Directed Study/Horticulture - .5 credit (1 semester)                                                                                          OPEN ELECTIVE

Grade Level: 12

Fee:  None

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of competencies in Horticulture as determined by the staff; application process; consent of supervising teacher. Application must be fully approved at registration process. note: There is a maximum credit allowance of 1.0 per content area for Directed Studies.

 

This Directed Studies program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in Horticulture-related occupations who have completed major course work in the field. Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to participate in advanced learning experiences on an individualized basis beyond the available course offerings. An educational plan must be developed through a conference between the student and the supervising teacher to address individual student educational goals.



































































 
 
 
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