I have to admit, since I graduated high school, I haven’t really looked back or gone back to visit with my old teachers as many do. But yesterday I was pleased to read an article in the Connecticut Post about the Bridgeport Aquaculture school expanding, and in turn will be able to double their enrollment. I was smiling from ear to ear as I read this and watched the video that went along with the article.
From my Sophomore year of high school, till my Senior year I attended the aquaculture school. Growing up on the water, with a father who was not only a Longshoreman but also an Oysterman on Long Island Sound, it was second nature to want to go to the aquaculture school when it came time for high school, and I was also strongly encouraged to by both of my parents. My grades were good enough, as well as attendance so when I put in my application, I was interviewed and accepted.
Over those next 3 years, I learned everything from Coral Propagation to how to repair a outboard boat engine. All those things that people don’t normally even have interest in, let alone think about learning in high school. On top of that I was able to make friends, and learn with people from other school districts. Since I went in the morning, I was also accompanied by Bridgeport, and Fairfield schools.
At times it was tough, and I think many underestimate the academics that really go into that school, and the educational needs that are being met. Many classes offered and in some standards considered college level science classes, especially those who choose to take part in the intensive program which increased your hours at the school.
During my time, I was also able to take part in a national organization called the FFA, or better known as The Future Farmers of America. Sounds strange for a fish school though right? Many of the principals of farming go hand in hand with aquaculture, which is farming of the sea in so many words.
As a parent, with high school as a very distant thought as neither of my children are in school yet, I hope the Aquaculture school continues to thrive and expand so when my boys are high school age, I can help to encourage them to consider the school because of the great educational benefits, as well as the fun that I had when I was there. Nothing beats having class on a boat once a week!
Good Job to the state and federal government for putting money into a program that is truly worthy!