We work with other educators, schools, and educational programs to ensure our students acquire the hard skills they need to continue beyond graduation, and the collaboration and leadership skills they need to succeed in tomorrow's workplace.
Students enrolled in Jeffco, Platte Canyon, Clear Creek, or Gilpin County High Schools may apply to the program at Acres Farm during their sophomore year and will attend class during their junior or senior years.
Admission selection is based on a variety of criteria, including:
credits earned towards graduation requirements
standardized state assessment scores
Typically, applications are open year-round, with a February deadline for priority consideration.
The class at acres follows the school year, which is actually opposite the farming year.
As a result, students typically experience harvesting first, and then learn the importance of soil and farm maintenance through the winter, with spring planting finishing out the school year.
Classes are developed to provide students opportunity to develop their collaboration, leadership, and problem-solving skills while acquiring practical, hard skills.
Students not only learn how to run a farm, from cultivating soil to harvesting, they also learn how to work in a professional kitchen, plan events, and network with other businesses. Everything from seed to table is covered, even food safety, canning, and preserving!
We also open our facilities to college interns and just about anyone who wants to learn how to grow their own food. Want to learn? You're in the right place.
After completing coursework at acres, students earn 0.5 credits in environmental science. Students can also earn 0.5 credits of internship over the summer.
A core goal of the program at acres is to open pathways for students and empower them to make informed decisions about their future careers and education.
Students have a strong foundation for further education in the following areas:
While some students elect to enter the industry immediately after graduating high school, others elect to attend two- or four-year programs for certificates and degrees. Many of our graduates go on to study at Metro State University, Colorado State University, or with the Denver Botanical Gardens.
Learn more about the schools and businesses we work with: