Magnet Programs

Magnet programs in Harford County Public Schools are defined as high school programs with a specialized curriculum that are currently offered at one site and are available to eighth grade students in Harford County who qualify through an application process. Magnet programs can be total-school or school-within-a-school programs for which transportation is provided.

Magnet programs offer students an opportunity to see relevance and purpose to high school course work. They prepare students for the 21st Century workplace in smaller learning communities; provide students the opportunity to earn college credits and/or industry certifications; and provide students with positive working relationships with adult mentors.

Comprehensive information about all of the magnet programs can be found at www.hcps.org. Follow the pull-down menu under "Schools", then "Magnet Programs." The following are Board of Education approved Magnet Programs:

Aberdeen High School
Science and Mathematics Academy

The Science and Mathematics Academy (SMA) at Aberdeen High School offers students the opportunity to engage in challenging coursework that will prepare them for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) opportunities in higher education. All courses emphasize problem solving and creative thinking by using multiple resources and inquiry-based learning. Advanced placement courses in science and mathematics are offered to students, as well as a large selection of semester electives based on students' interest and faculty experience. Exclusive to the SMA is a four-year series of courses called Science, Research, and Technology (SRT I-IV) which provides students with an opportunity to integrate STEM curriculum in relevant and authentic research. Regular contact with practicing scientists, engineers, and mathematicians is provided throughout the program. Seniors will conduct a capstone research project under the mentorship of professionals in their chosen area of investigation.


Suggested Course of Study
Grade 9
  • Honors Algebra II
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Honors Biology
  • Science, Research, and Technology I
  • Health
  • Honors English I
  • Honors American Government 9
  • Band/Chorus/Orchestra or Fine Arts
  • World Language I
Grade 10
  • Functions, Statistics & Honors Trigonometry
  • AP Statistics
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Science, Research, and Technology II
  • Honors English II
  • World History or AP World History
  • Physical Education or Fine Arts
  • World Language II
Grade 11
  • AP Mathematics
  • AP Physics I
  • Science, Research, and Technology III
  • English III or AP English Language and Composition
  • U.S. or AP U.S. History
  • World Language III
  • Electives of Choice (AP math, AP science or SMA electives)
Grade 12
  • AP Science or AP Mathematics
  • Science, Research, and Technology IV (Year-long Senior Capstone Project)
  • English IV or AP English Literature Composition
  • World Language IV
  • Electives of Choice
SMA Semester Electives

Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, CAD, Cryptology, Design Engineering, Ecology, Functional Kinesiology, Genetics, Linear Algebra, Materials Science, Mathematical Logic, Microcontrollers, Organic Chemistry, Plant Physiology, Pre-engineering, Robotics, Scientific and Technical Communication, Sports Physiology


Edgewood High School
International Baccalaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at Edgewood High School is an accelerated academic program that allows students to be active, well-rounded individuals, as well as engaged world citizens. Through this program, students will be encouraged to ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

All Diploma Program students must engage in three core requirements: the extended essay, theory of knowledge (TOK), and creativity, action, service (CAS). The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at the college level. The TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, and encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. Participation in the CAS program encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports, and community service work.

Suggested Course of Study

Global Studies (GS)

Grade 9
  • Honors English I GS
  • Honors French/Spanish I or II
  • Honors American Government GS or AP American Government
  • Honors Biology GS
  • Geometry GS or Honors Algebra II GS
  • Foundations of Technology GS
  • Health/Physical Education
  • Fine Art
Global Studies (GS)

Grade 10
  • Honors English II GS
  • Honors French/Spanish GS I or II or IB French/Spanish I
  • AP World History
  • Honors Chemistry GS
  • Honors Algebra II GS or Honors Trigonometry GS
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
International Baccalaureate (IB)

Grade 11
  • IB English HL1
  • IB French/Spanish SL1 or 2
  • IB History of the Americas HL1, IB Geography HL1, IB Psychology SL or IB World Religions SL
  • IB Biology SL/HL1, IB Chemistry HL1, IB Physics SL or IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL
  • IB Math Studies SL, IB Math SL1 or IB Math HL1
  • IB Dance SL, IB Film SL, IB Music SL/HL1, IB Visual Arts HL1
  • Theory of Knowledge/Extended Essay
  • Elective
International Baccalaureate (IB)

Grade 12
  • IB English HL2
  • IB French/Spanish SL2 or elective
  • IB History of the Americas HL2, IB Geography HL2, IB Psychology SL, or IB World Religions SL
  • IB Biology SL/HL2, IB Chemistry HL2, IB Physics SL, or IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL or elective
  • IB Math Studies SL, IB Math SL2 or IB Math HL2, AP Stats, Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus
  • IB Dance SL, IB Film SL, IB Music SL/HL2 or IB Visual Arts HL2 or elective
  • Theory of Knowledge/Extended Essay
  • Elective

Harford Technical High School
Career and Technology Programs

As Harford County's singular school for academic studies and career/technical education, Harford Technical High School serves a population of students from throughout the county. Students in grades nine through 12 are offered opportunities to prepare for college, further post-secondary technical education, and/or enter into the work force or U.S. military through participation in one of eighteen career and technical programs, beginning in grade nine.

Harford Technical High School provides state-of-the-art facilities, with a rigorous curriculum offered by staff who create a challenging learning environment for all students. Faculty and staff strive to integrate academic and technical fields so that all studies are meaningful and rewarding for all students.

Cluster: Arts, Media, and Communication

    Pathway: Visual Arts


Cluster: Health and Human Services

    Pathway: Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

    Pathway: Health Services and Personal Care


Cluster: Science, Engineering, and Technology

    Pathway: Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources

    Pathway: Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction

    Pathway: Transportation technologies

Academy of Health Professions

The Academy of Health Professions (AHP) uses project and problem-based learning, clinical and internship experiences, and classroom and lab instruction to teach students about the field of healthcare. Students are introduced to healthcare knowledge and skills through two foundation courses: Foundations of Medicine and Health Science and Structure and Functions of the Human Body. These two courses, with content developed by Stevenson University, are required in all AHP programs of study. There are several courses and course combinations that students may take to complete the four-course sequence. Within the AHP there are opportunities for students to apply what they are learning to real-life healthcare situations in the Medical Specialty course. Students pursuing this option will also participate in a supervised Clinical Experience course and will earn state and/or nationally recognized certifications. AHP students will also have the opportunity to design and participate in an Allied Health Internship Course.

Students learn and demonstrate nursing assistant skills in a classroom lab, which simulates the clinical setting. They experience a variety of internships and career experiences where they apply academic and practical knowledge in the clinical setting. They will obtain the required clinical hours in a long-term care facility, qualifying them to take the State exam to become Certified Nursing Assistants. Once they obtain the C.N.A., they may sit for the federal Geriatric Nursing Assistant exam to obtain the G.N.A. certification. Students who successfully complete the classroom and practical experiences within the Nursing Assistant Program and obtain the Certified Nursing Assistant status will be eligible to begin employment in a physician's office or hospital setting. Students who also pass the Geriatric Nursing Exam and obtain their GNA are eligible for employment in long-term care facilities. Many students choose to pursue further education in a variety of health related fields. Students also have the opportunity to pursue an additional certification during the second semester of the senior year, choosing the pathway toward Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).

CT27 Foundations of Medical and Health Science
CT55 Structure and Functions of the Human Body
CT59 Certified Nursing Assistant
CT66 Health Occupations III
CT96 Clinical Internship
CT63 Allied Health Internship
Academy of Health Professions - Sports Technician and Exercise Science

Demand has grown for qualified people in the fitness and wellness field. The Sports Technician and Exercise Science Program focuses on various aspects of sports medicine and exercise science, including the components of wellness, fitness assessment, and proper design of customized conditioning programs. This course is designed to expose students to a variety of careers to the physical, occupational and sports medicine field. This program will focus on concepts related to physical therapy, kinesiology, athletic training and other healthcare professions. Students will focus on a variety of body systems as it related to injuries, diseases, disorders, preventative activities and therapeutic rehabilitation. Students are prepared for actual experience in the clinical setting with a focus on the specific knowledge, skills and abilities that relate to sports medicine, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Students also learn and demonstrate the skills necessary to work as aides in rehabilitation or sports medicine.

During the senior year, students may experience a variety of internships and career experiences where they must apply academic and practical knowledge in the clinical setting; placement is based on interest, classroom performance and career goals, and may include such settings as: area athletic clubs, sports medicine treatment centers, chiropractic practices, rehabilitation centers, orthopedic offices, nutritionist's office, occupational therapy centers, student athletic training with teams, or the HTHS weight room.

Students who successfully complete the classroom and practical experiences will have the necessary background to obtain Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor certification (must be 18 years of age). Students are also well prepared to continue their education at the college level.

Note: This program is transitioning to the Academy of Health Professions starting in fall, 2017

Required Courses:
CT64 Health Occupations I
CT65 Health Occupations II
CT66 Health Occupations III
Academy of Health Professions Courses:
CT27 Foundations of Medical and Health Science
CT55 Structure and Functions of the Human Body
CA04 Physical Rehabilitation
CT96 Clinical Internship
Agribusiness and Animal Science

The Agribusiness and Animal Science Program focuses on the foundations of agribusiness, production and companion animal care, and veterinary assistance. Agribusiness & Animal Science provides a broad base of experience in agriculture sales and service, as well as a variety of professionally related areas of study so that students will realize the diversity of this field. Occupational areas include veterinary assistance, agribusiness sales and service, and large and companion animal husbandry. Area businesses where students may find employment include veterinarians and veterinary hospitals, dog grooming salons, horse boarding facilities, agricultural sales and service businesses, and research laboratories.

Successful students in the program need to possess solid math, science and communication skills, demonstrate an appreciation of agriculture and animals, exhibit a strong desire for community service, and have the ability to work with others. Graduates successfully completing the program have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are well prepared for higher education if they so desire. Students can continue their education at colleges and universities, and community colleges in related fields.

Required Courses:
CT15 Animal Science I
CT16 Animal Science II
CT17 Animal Science III
Automotive Diagnostics and Systems Repair

The Automotive Diagnostics and Systems Repair Program provides a broad base of experience in automobile repair so that students will realize the diversity of this field. Occupational areas include automobile technician, exhaust and emissions technician, service writer and automotive manufacturing technician. Area businesses where students may find employment include automobile dealerships, repair shops, auto parts businesses, and numerous auto-related companies.

Successful students in the program possess good reading and problem-solving skills, have good manipulative skills, and demonstrate the willingness to meet craftsmanship standards. Graduates successfully completing the program have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are prepared for higher education if they so desire. Students can continue their training by attending technical schools or participation in apprenticeship programs.

Required Courses:
CT03 Introduction to Automotives
CT19 Automotive Diagnostics and Repair I
CT20 Automotive Diagnostics and Repair II
Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair

The Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair Program provides a broad base of experience in auto body repair so that students will realize the diversity of this field. Occupational areas include refinishing technician, metal technician, insurance appraiser, and other automotive related occupations. Area businesses where students may find employment include collision repair shops, retail parts stores, glass replacement facilities, and other auto related businesses.

Successful students in the program possess the ability to be self-directed and motivated to meet craftsmanship standards, work cooperatively with others to complete tasks, have good problem solving skills, and are competent in basic math. Students who complete the program successfully have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are prepared for higher education if they so desire. Students can continue their training by attending technical schools or in apprenticeship programs. Harford Technical High School Automotive Refinishing & Collision Repair students also get a head start on Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.

Required Courses:
CT03 Introduction to Automotives
CT22 Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair I
CT23 Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair II
Brick and Block Masonry

The Brick and Block Masonry Program provides a broad base of experience in construction so that students will realize the diversity of this field. Occupational areas include mason, helper, concrete finisher, estimator, retail salesperson, and various other construction fields. Area businesses where students may find employment include contractors and numerous construction related businesses. An ongoing partnership with Harford Habitat for Humanity allows students to participate in the construction of a Habitat home over the course of each school year; the construction culminates in the dedication of the home to the recipient family, a ceremony in which HTHS students actively participate. Students are given the opportunity to experience studies in the International Residential Code (IRC) Certification.

Successful students in the program possess the ability to work cooperatively with others to complete tasks, demonstrate good problem solving skills, have good math skills, possess good manipulative skills, and exhibit the willingness to meet craftsmanship standards. Students who complete the program successfully have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are prepared for higher education if they so desire. Students can continue their training by attending technical schools or participate in apprenticeship programs. Harford Technical High School has an agreement with the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) for apprenticeship opportunities.

Required Courses:
CT01 Introduction to Construction
CT31 Brick and Block Masonry I
CT32 Brick and Block Masonry II
Carpentry

The Carpentry Program focuses on both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on wood and metal framing, stair building, concrete framework, cabinetry, and millwork. The student's experience is hands-on, working on actual projects both on and off the school campus. An ongoing partnership with Harford Habitat for Humanity allows students to participate in the construction of a Habitat home over the course of each school year; the construction culminates in the dedication of the home to the recipient family, a ceremony in which HTHS students actively participate. Students also learn building techniques and materials that are in compliance with LEED Certification standards, as well as emerging technologies and materials classified as "green construction." Students are given the opportunity to experience studies in the International Residential Code (IRC) Certification.

The carpentry program introduces students to the many opportunities available after graduation and prepares them to enter an apprenticeship and become successful journeymen. The two-year program is a great start to a successful future.

Required Courses:
CT01 Introduction to Construction
CT34 Carpentry I
CT35 Carpentry II
Certified Welding

The Certified Welding Program provides hands on training in oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding. Safety, blueprint reading and basic fabrication is also covered. Students will weld with different types of materials. Students will work with steel, aluminum, and stainless steel, welding these different metals in the 4 main welding positions using different joint designs.

Students will have the option to take different certification tests during the Junior and Senior years. These tests are conducted and inspected according to the applicable American Welding Society (AWS) code or standard. After completion of a satisfactory test the student will be issued an AWS certificate.

Required Courses:
CT02 Introduction to Manufacturing
CT28 Certified Welding I
CT29 Certified Welding II
Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

The Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Program provides a broad base of experience in mechanical and architectural drafting so that students will realize the diversity of this field. Occupational areas include drafters, engineers, technical assistants, engineering aides, CADD designers, 3-D animators, 3D printing, and technical illustrators. Area employment opportunities include Black and Decker, Fredrick Ward and Associates, Morris and Ritchie Associates, Stoker Associates, and Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Successful students in the program possess the ability to work cooperatively with others to complete tasks, have superior spatial relations, aptitude, and good math and science ability. Students who successfully complete the program have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are well prepared for higher education if they so desire. Students earn credits at Harford Technical High School that can be applied to an A.A.S. degree at Harford Community College in the CADD program.

Required Courses:
CT02 Introduction to Manufacturing
CT46 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting I
CT47 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting II
Computer-Aided Machining and High Performance Manufacturing

The Computer-Aided Machining and High Performance Manufacturing (CAM/HPM) Program provides a broad base of experience in manufacturing and machining so that students will realize the diversity of this field. Occupational areas include machining, tool and die making, precision machining, metal forming, manufacturing, production work, and industrial maintenance. Alcore, EFC Systems, Sumatech, Surface Technologies, Crown Cork and Seal, Nutek, Tera Tech, Link Gear, Clorox Products Manufacturing, Cytec, Diversified Machine, Bottcher, ASI Design and Manufacturing, Harford Machine Shop, B&B Precision Wire, Metal Refinishing, Moxley's, and Black and Decker are just a few of the area businesses where students may find employment.

Successful students in the program possess excellent math skills in whole numbers, fractions, decimals (four places), basic algebra, geometry, and some trigonometry. Students also exhibit attention to detail, are precise and accurate, and have the ability to work and communicate well with others. Graduates successfully completing the program have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are well prepared for higher education if they so desire. Students may enter two- or four-year college programs seeking degrees in mechanical or industrial engineering. Graduates may also choose to enter four-or five year apprenticeship programs.

Required Courses:
CT02 Introduction to Manufacturing
CT25 Computer-Aided Machining and High Performance Manufacturing I
CT26 Computer-Aided Machining and High Performance Manufacturing II
Computer and Networking Technology/Cyber Security

The Computer and Networking Technology/Cyber Security Program provides in-depth exposure to computer hardware and operating systems, as well as to the "soft skills" related to customer interaction and service. It provides a foundation for those responsible for protecting network services, devices, traffic, and data. Additionally, the program provides the broad-based knowledge necessary to prepare students for further study in other specialized security fields.

Students gain hands-on classroom and laboratory experience in working with current and emerging networking technology. The focus is on the functionality of hardware and software components and the use of best practices in maintenance and safety issues related to assembling and configuring a computer, installing operating systems and software, and troubleshooting hardware and software problems. Students work daily with networks, emphasizing important networking concepts based on the types of practical network environments students may encounter in small office and home office (SOHO) networking. Students investigate the current risks and threats to an organization's data, combined with a structured method of addressing safeguards for these critical electronic assets. The career-oriented approach to learning networking empowers students to enter employment or further their education and training in the computer-networking field.

Courses Transitioning to Cyber Security:
CT21 IT Essentials
CT18 Introduction to Networks
CT30 Routing and Switching Essentials
CT45 Security+
CT24 Ethics and the Information Age
Electricity

The Electricity Program provides a broad base of experience in construction electricity skills so that students will realize the diversity of this field. An ongoing partnership with Harford Habitat for Humanity allows students to participate in the construction of a Habitat home over the course of each school year; the construction culminates in the dedication of the home to the recipient family, a ceremony in which HTHS students actively participate. Occupational areas include electrical maintenance, utility, construction, sales and various other construction-related fields. Area businesses where students may find employment include numerous electrical contractors, utility companies, governmental agencies, and electrical suppliers. Students are given the opportunity to experience studies in the International Residential Code (IRC) Certification.

Successful students in the program possess the ability to work cooperatively with others to complete tasks, have good problem solving skills, demonstrate the ability to measure precisely, exhibit proficiency in algebra or above, possess good manipulative skills and the willingness to meet craftsmanship standards. Students who successfully complete the program have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are prepared for higher education if they so desire. Students can continue their training by attending technical schools or participating in apprenticeship programs. Harford Technical High School has an agreement with the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) and the Harford County Electrical Contractors Association for apprenticeship opportunities.

Required Courses:
CT01 Introduction to Construction
CT37 Electricity I
CT38 Electricity II
Floral Design (Horticulture)

The Floral Design Program provides a broad base of experience in basic design principles used in many other forms of artistic expression so that students will realize the diversity of this field. Occupational areas include floral design, interior design, wedding consultant, and greenhouse production. Area businesses where students may find employment include florist shops, greenhouses, interior landscaping businesses, and retail craft stores.

Successful students in the program have an aptitude for design and enthusiasm for working with flowering plants, are willing to meet customer demands, and have good communication skills.

Students who successfully complete the program have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are well prepared for higher education if they so desire. Students can continue their education at colleges and universities, and community colleges in related fields.

Required Courses:
CT12 Floral Design I
CT13 Floral Design II
CT14 Floral Design III - Grade 12
Food Preparation and Management

The Food Preparation and Management Program helps students acquire the skills associated with food preparation, sanitation and safety practices, service procedures, food and equipment identification, and management skills. In the senior year, students may participate in a work- based learning experience. The Food Preparation & Management Program provides a broad base of experience in food service so that students will realize the diversity of this field. Occupational areas include chef, pastry chef, hot and cold cook, food manager, caterer, server, purchasing agent and cashier. Businesses where students may find employment include fine dining restaurants, fast food establishments, catering businesses, institutional settings, hotels and motels, and cruise ships.

Successful students in the program possess the ability to work cooperatively with others to complete tasks, have basic math, reading and communication skills, and demonstrate a willingness to participate in all food service tasks. Students who complete the program successfully have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are prepared for higher education if they so desire. Many students continue their education in this field at culinary colleges. ServSafe Sanitation Management Certificates are available for those students who take and pass the test.

Required Courses:
CT60 Food Preparation and Management I
CT61 Food Preparation and Management II
CT62 Food Preparation and Management III
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

The Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC) Program prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills in order to install, service and repair various types of residential and commercial heating, cooling and refrigeration systems. All students have the opportunity to work efficiently in teams, learning to install, service, repair and trouble-shoot central air conditioning, heat pumps, oil furnaces, gas furnaces, and electrical heating systems. Students will learn safe use of hand tools, power tools and special tools related to the industry. They will use test instruments to measure airflow, read and interpret system pressures and test and trouble-shoot the electrical systems commonly found in the HVAC field. An ongoing partnership with Harford Habitat for Humanity allows students to participate in the construction of a Habitat home over the course of each school year; the construction culminates in the dedication of the home to the recipient family, a ceremony in which HTHS students actively participate.

Upon completion of the program, students may enter the work force, attend a local community college to receive an A.A degree in HVAC, or continue to a four-year college to study mechanical engineering or other related fields. Students who complete this program successfully may receive credit for the first year apprenticeship with the Associated Builders and Contractors, Incorporated (ABC). Students are given the opportunity to take the EPA Certification Exam (section 608), International Residential Code (IRC) Certification, and apply for the Apprentice License.

Required Courses:
CT01 Introduction to Construction
CT43 Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology I
CT44 Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology II
Landscape Architecture and Management (Horticulture)

The Landscape Architecture and Management Program has been updated to reflect the changing dynamics of Harford County and by incorporating computer-aided design and drafting, as well as computer imaging programs, into its curriculum. Students learn through actual design, installation, and maintenance projects at school and in the community. The program includes school grounds and athletic grounds management. As part of the overall program, students learn the operation and care of a skid loader, front-end loader, backhoe, and other machinery used in landscaping, golf courses and athletic fields.

Successful students in the program should enjoy working outdoors, have good communication skills, demonstrate an aptitude for design, and be self-directed and motivated. Students completing the program successfully have skills that will allow them to achieve a good income within a few years of graduation, and they are prepared for higher education at colleges, universities, and community colleges in related fields. Area businesses where students may find employment include golf courses, landscaping companies, parks and recreational facilities, and environmental businesses.

Required Courses:
CT08 Horticulture I
CT09 Horticulture II
CT10 Horticulture III
Licensed Cosmetology

The Licensed Cosmetology Program prepares students to apply their knowledge and skills in all phases of cosmetology. Everything from finger waving to hair-color application is taught to the students in the practical portion of the program. In the theoretical part of the program, students are taught the fundamentals of hair and its properties, skin care, chemical services, nail care, sanitation and decontamination. Most importantly, the students are offered a well-rounded People Skills Program, as communication with other individuals is of the utmost importance.

Upon completion of the program, students who have accumulated a minimum of 1500 actual hours in the course, and who have successfully passed practical and theoretical work with a 75% average or better, become eligible to take the State Board Exam in Baltimore. Successful candidates become licensed in the State of Maryland to work at any full-service salon in Maryland. Upon passing the State Board Exam, students have a variety of avenues they can pursue with their State Board License, such as a hairstylist, colorist, make-up technician, nail technician, demonstrator for a major manufacturer, and educator. Opening a salon would require an individual to pursue further education in the business field to better prepare for a successful business career. Both credit and non-credit courses are offered toward this end at both two- and four-year institutions.

Required Courses:
CT56 Licensed Cosmetology I
CT57 Licensed Cosmetology II
CT58 Licensed Cosmetology III
Printing and Graphic Communication

The Printing and Graphic Communications Program provides students with an overview of the offset printing/ graphics industry and prepares them for PrintED® Certification in Introduction to Graphic Communication and Graphic Design. Students will explore the scope and relevance of the printing/graphics industry, demonstrate knowledge of the print production process, digital imaging and digital workflow, proficiency in Adobe CS6 - InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, use related math and vocabulary, and produce a variety of small-format printed materials.

Required Courses:
CT49 Printing and Graphic Communication I
CT50 Printing and Graphic Communication II
CT51 Printing and Graphic Communication III

North Harford High School
Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences

The Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (NRAS) program at North Harford High School is a Career and Technology Education (CTE) instructional program that provides students with the opportunity to experience challenging science and technology coursework with an emphasis on career development and real world application. The program is composed of three strands focusing on Animal/Equine Science, Plant Science, or Natural Resources Science. The Harford County Agricultural Economic Advisory Board, the University of Maryland, Harford Community College and Harford County Public Schools have partnered to develop a program wherein each strand will provide students with the background knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for the next steps toward college and careers. Students will have the opportunity to earn college credits and various industry level certifications while still in high school. In their senior year, students will take part in a capstone project, either in a work-based environment, a school-based practical learning activity, or an off-site research facility with a mentor. The senior capstone project is based on student interests and future goals.


Suggested Course of Study

Grade 9
  • English 9
  • Government
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • Health/Physical Education
  • Fine Art
  • Foundations of NRAS
  • World Language I
Grade 10
  • English 10
  • World History
  • Algebra II
  • Chemistry
  • Foundations of Technology
  • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals or Plant Propagation and Production or Wildlife Management and Sciences
  • World Language II
  • NRAS Electives
Grade 11
  • English 11
  • U.S. History
  • Trigonometry
  • Physics
  • Animal Management Sciences or Edible, Ornamental and Environmental Plants or Wetlands and Aquatics
  • World Language III
  • NRAS Electives
Grade 12
  • English 12
  • Pre Calculus or Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • Research in NRAS
  • World Language IV
  • NRAS Electives
NRAS Semester Electives

Agriculture I, Agriculture II, Zoology, Botany, Biochemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Biology, S.T.A.R.S. Course I and II, S.T.A.R.S. Course III and IV