Commonly Asked Questions
How do I enroll in the program?
Students interested in applying to the Stamford Agriscience Program must have completed the 8th grade in Stamford, or one of our sending towns (See question 5), fill out an application, and complete an interview with agriscience staff.
What is the criteria for acceptance?
Acceptance to the Stamford Agriscience Program is based on Merit. The agriscience staff will review a number of factors including 8th grade transcripts, a personal/teacher/guidance counselor recommendation, 8th grade attendance, Agriscience Interest essay, interview responses, and Agricultural Experience. The most emphasis is placed on a student’s Agricultural experience in an organized setting (Example: Volunteer at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Participating in a middle school gardening project, attending SoundWaters Summer Camp).
I am districted to Stamford High School, can I apply to the Stamford Agriscience program?
The Stamford Agriscience Program can accept students who are districted to any Stamford Public Schools high school.
If I am districted to Stamford High, will I have transportation to Westhill High School?
Yes! You will be able to take a school bus to Westhill High School.
I’m districted to Norwalk, Greenwich, Darien, New, Canaan, Weston, Wilton, or Ridgefield, can I apply to the program?
Yes! The Stamford Agriscience Program can accept students from any of our sending towns. Sending towns include Norwalk, Greenwich, Darien, New, Canaan, Weston, or Ridgefield.
If I live in Norwalk, Greenwich, Darien, New, Canaan, Weston, Wilton, or Ridgefield, how will I get to school?
Your sending town will provide a school bus to transport you to Westhill High School.
Can I enroll in the Agriscience Program and attend a high school other than Westhill High School?
No, in order to enroll in the Stamford Agriscience Program students must enroll as a full-time Westhill High School Student.
Can I play sports, or participate in other extracurricular activities at Westhill High School?
Yes! As a full-time Westhill High School student you will be able to participate in any extracurricular activities offered at Westhill High School.
How many Agriscience classes do I have to take?
Students at Westhill High School have a total of 7 periods in their schedule. Freshmen in the Agriscience program are required to take 1 Agriscience class their first year. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Agriscience Program are required to take 2 Agriscience periods each year. This often means that Agriscience classes replace other elective courses.
How many SAE hours do I need to complete each year?
Freshmen need to complete 75 hours for the year. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors must complete 200 hours for the year (this includes the summer months!).
How do I apply?
Can I apply as a junior, or Senior?
The Agriscience Program is a 4 year program. Unless you are transferring from another Agriscience program, we do not accept juniors and seniors.
Can I apply as a sophomore?
Yes, however you will be required to start the program in the freshmen course, Agriscience and Technology 1.
How many students apply and how many are accepted each year?
We receive anywhere from 65-90 applications each year. We accept 45 incoming student each year.
When is your application deadline?
We have no application deadlines as we take rolling admissions. It is ideal to get your application in by December as the Agriscience staff interviews candidates in January, and sends out initial acceptance in February. You can still apply at any time as we often have openings throughout the year, and have even accepted students during the first week of school.