Application Information

Which schools offer the Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep Program (Ag Prep)?

Wasco Union High School (Wasco, CA) Wonderful College Prep Academy (Delano, CA) Reedley Middle College High School (Reedley, CA) Sanger High School (Sanger, CA) Washington Union High School (Fresno, CA) Mendota High School (Mendota, CA) Avenal High School (Avenal, CA)

My local high school isn’t listed. Are there plans to expand the program to other schools in the Central Valley?

At this time, we do not plan to expand to any other high schools. Check your local high school’s website to see if they offer college and/or CTE courses.

What are the requirements for applying?

  • You must be an 8th grade student who maintains residence within one of the Ag Prep high school’s district boundaries, and;
  • You must be planning to attend the respective high school for which you are applying for the program.
  • There are no academic requirements such as a GPA or letters of recommendation.
  • To apply for the program at Wonderful College Prep Academy, you must already be enrolled at the school, or have confirmed registration for 9th grade with the school. To learn more or apply to Wonderful College Prep Academy, visit their website.

How do I apply?

Click the Apply Now button on the homepage to be directed to an online application that will then be forwarded to the appropriate high school.

When is the deadline to apply?

Most schools begin enrolling students during the spring semester of a student’s 8th grade year and accept applications through mid-to late-April (it varies from high school to high school). To learn more about each school’s specific enrollment process please visit the school’s website or call the school’s main office.

What are my chances of being accepted to the program?

If the number of applications exceeds the number of available seats, schools may use middle school transcripts, short answer essay questions, and/or student interviews to determine if a student is a good fit for the program. Students with 504 or IEP plans are welcome to apply, and appropriate accommodations will be provided.

When will I hear if I am accepted into the program?

Students will be notified of their acceptance into Ag Prep before May 31.

What happens after I am accepted?

All students and families will need to attend an Ag Prep orientation in May or June to complete paperwork, hear from school and college representatives, and learn more about program specifics. The program begins during the summer before your 9th grade year.

Program Overview

What is dual enrollment?

Dual enrollment allows high school students to take college classes while they are still enrolled in high school. These classes count for both high school and college credit. High school students who complete dual-enrollment classes generally take fewer classes in college and save money on total college costs.

What is the cost of the program?

All college courses are offered for FREE. Students are also given a FREE laptop to use throughout high school to complete coursework.

How many classes will I take each year?

The table below is an example of courses taken each semester. Remember each school’s program is a little bit different so these numbers may vary by site.

  • 9th Grade: 5 High School Courses 1 College Course
  • 10th Grade: 5 High School Courses 1 College Course
  • 11th Grade: 3-4 High School Courses 2-3 College Courses
  • 12th Grade: 3 High School Courses 3 College Courses

College classes sound difficult.  What kind of academic supports and tutoring are available?

While college classes are difficult, the Ag Prep program has many built in supports. In addition to individualized academic tracking and support for all our students,

  • Most college courses are staffed with both a college professor and a high school teacher, who helps students to complete assignments.
  • The community colleges provide tutors on the high school campus to support learning.
  • The Ag Prep program has additional tutors to support math instruction on each campus.

What are some examples of work-based learning experiences I will get to do in the program?

  • 9th Grade: Behind-The-Scenes Facility Tour | International Ag Expo
  • 10th Grade: Job Shadow | Career Fair
  • 11th Grade: Personal Skills Workshop | Mock Interview
  • 12th Grade: Paid Internship

What schools offer which pathways?

  • Wasco Union High School – Ag Business & Ag Science Technology
  • Wonderful College Prep Academy – Ag Business
  • Reedley Middle College High School – Ag Business
  • Sanger High School – Plant Science & Ag Science Technology
  • Washington Union High School – Ag Science Technology
  • Mendota High School – Ag Science Technology & Ag Tech Apprenticeship
  • Avenal High School – Plant Science & Ag Tech Apprenticeship

From which community college will I be taking my classes?

If the school closures continue how will I take my college courses?

New information is coming out every day. Currently, all colleges plan to continue distance learning through the spring semester and possibly into the summer session. We will either offer the first introductory college course online with lots of support or we will postpone the course for later in the year and double-up college courses either in fall, spring, or summer.