CTE CASE program

Program Description
The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is a program of study within the Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Career Cluster.  The CASE: Natural Resources and Agriculture Pathway prepares students to be successful in numerous careers in the agricultural sciences as well as preparing them to further their education at the postsecondary level.  This inquiry-based pathway incorporates classroom learning, FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America) leadership and career development, as well as outside classroom experiences through Supervises Agricultural Experiences (SAE) and other internship opportunities. 

Course Requirements
Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Natural Resources and Ecology; Environmental Science Issues; Agricultural Research and Development. Sample Schedule:

 9th Grade  10th Grade  11th Grade  12th Grade
 1   Health/Fitness For Life   Introduction to Agriculture,   Food, and Natural Resources      Natural Resources and Ecology   Agricultural Research and           Development
 2   Fine Arts Requirement   Financial Literacy   Environmental Science Issues   Elective
 3   English Requirement   English Requirement   English Requirement   English Requirement
 4   Math Requirement   Math Requirement   Math Requirement   Math Requirement
 5   Science Requirement   Science Requirement   Science Requirement   Elective
 6   History Requirement   History Requirement   History Requirement   Elective 
 7   *Possible World Language   *Possible World Language   Elective   Elective

Application Window for the Class of 2024:

The application must be completed at one time, it cannot be saved and finished at a later time.  The last application submitted will be the official application.

The application is closed.


Students eligible to apply must meet the following qualifications:

  • Both the student and parent/guardian must be current residents of Charles County.
  • The student must be currently enrolled (SY 2019-20) as an eighth grader in a Charles County Public Schools middle school, private school, or is homeschooled.

Application Process

    • Student completes the online application with all required information.
    • Student and Parent/Guardian electronically sign the application.
    • Student completes the Interest Survey in January or February.  CCPS applicants will complete the Interest Survey at their current middle school and non-CCPS applicants will complete the Interest Survey at Maurice J. McDonough High School.
    • Report Card copies.  Report Cards for CCPS applicants will be pulled from Synergy at the end of the first semester.  Non-CCPS applicants must bring a copy of their sixth- and seventh-grade report card, and a copy of their report card for the first semester of eighth grade when they complete the Interest Survey in January (Step 3). 

Admission decisions are made based on the following criteria

    • 40%  Student interest expressed on Interest Survey
    • 28%  Academic performance in sixth and seventh grade, first semester of eighth grade and as it relates to the program of choice
    • 25%  Application questions
    •   7%  Middle School Attendance - sixth grade, seventh grade, and first semester of eighth grade

Selection Process
Once the application process is closed, a committee will meet to determine a qualifying score for the program.  All students who meet the qualifying score will be considered a candidate for the program. Candidates will be randomly selected for acceptance and the others will put on the waitlist and offered a seat if it becomes available.

Acceptance Requirements
In April 2020, letters of acceptance will be mailed. The letter of acceptance will contain an acceptance/decline agreement. Within two weeks of receipt, the acceptance/decline agreement must be signed and returned with two proofs of legal Charles County residency.  If the acceptance agreement is not received within two weeks, Maurice J. McDonough High School will consider the acceptance as declined by the parent and the student. Click here for acceptable proofs of residency/domicile.