Questions & Answers
What is a regional agricultural science and technology education center?
Regional agricultural science and technology education centers prepare students for college and careers in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture, mechanics, food science, biotechnology and the environment as part of their high school program. Local or regional boards of education may be designated as regional centers if approved by the State Board of Education.
What are the purposes of these centers?
The centers prepare students for careers in the environmental, natural resources and Agriculture Science fields. The program is hands-on and combines rigorous academics, occupational skill development, leadership development and a work-based component. Each student’s abilities, talents and interests are developed through a diverse learning environment in 19 regional agricultural science and technology education centers located across the state.
Who is eligible to attend?
Any student interested in a career in an agriculture-related field, and has completed the eighth grade is eligible to apply to an Agricultural Science and Technology Education Center. Any school district that does not provide agricultural instruction must designate a school or schools for its students to attend.
Who pays for these schools?
Will the parent have to pay tuition for the student? The state pays each center a per-student grant for each student enrolled. The district where the student lives pays tuition to the district operating the center. There is no tuition cost to parents.
How will my child get to school?
The district where the student lives must pay the reasonable and necessary cost to transport the student.
Does the school provide for the needs of special education students?Does the school provide for the needs of special education students?
Yes. The special education costs are the responsibility of the district where the student lives. The responsibility for holding planning and placement team (PPT) meetings also belongs to the district where the student lives. For more information, review the Students with Disabilities & Parental Choice in Connecticut guide.
Whom do I contact to enroll my child in one of these centers?
Contact your local board of education for information. If your local high school does not offer agricultural instruction, the district must designate a school or schools for its students to attend. Your local board of education office will have information on applying to the school operating the center. If you are a parent/guardian or student in the greater Hartford region and wish to obtain information about an application for Open Choice, interdistrict magnet schools, technical high schools, or regional agriculture science centers, please contact the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) at 860-713-6990 or visit its Web site. You may also obtain a paper application from the Regional School Choice Office Parent Information Center at 165 Capitol Avenue, Room 360, Hartford, CT, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.