FFA Activity Points FAQ

Hello parents and students of Lincoln FFA.  This information Q and A was designed to help new students and parents understand the requirements associated with enrollment in a comprehensive Agriculture Program.

If you have visited this page, you probably have a question about FFA activity points, and how they are part of your student’s grade.

According to the California Department of Education and State Agriculture Education staff:

“Since 1917, with the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act, federal and state legislation has provided leadership for the implementation and improvement of agricultural education programs. The California Department of Education, the
Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board of Education have strongly supported a comprehensive program of instruction in agriculture that integrates technical agriculture with strong academic foundations in core subjects. A successful agriculture education program must be based on three components: classroom instruction, Future Farmers of America (FFA) leadership activities, and Supervised Occupational Experience Projects.

What is an Activity ?

Almost anything that will improve the student’s career skills.  Almost any activity directly related to agriculture and leadership can count.  Here are some regular examples from our chapter: Items in BOLD are offered during the school day.

    • Visits to post secondary schools, such as: ARC Diesel Program, Sierra College CTE day, Chico State, Butte College.
    • Visits to Industry, such as: Lancaster Burns, Sierra Pacific, local ranches or farms.
    • Camaraderie and interpersonal communication builders (fun activities with a point): FFA movie night, ice cream social, meet the officers, CTE and Club activity lunch, Ginger bread house construction contest, recruitment activities, community engagement activities, up to two non-FFA related activities (sports, community service, etc.)
    • Community service: must be related to the good of the community, not the student.  This does not include fundraisers. Check with your advisor before submitting.  Christmas canned food drive, road cleanup/adopt a road, many of these are student chosen.
    • FFA fundraising activities (public communication and program advocacy, work ethic, planning, interpersonal communication): mattress sale, pig raffle, cowchip bingo, tractor auction, scholarship fundraising, Tahoe Cattlemen’s association dinner and jackpot show cleanup.
    • Official business:  FFA meetings (during and after school), committee meetings, executive board meetings.
    • Leadership activities: OLE leader, farm tour guide, CDE contest (in and outside of class), project presentation to community, speaker at school board meeting.

Students receive information about upcoming events from their Agriculture teachers directly in class and more information and signups for events are offered at monthly FFA Meetings. You can also utilize the google calendar on this webpage, and students have a calendar in their AET acct. There is a large wall calendar in Room 2 and sign ups for events can be found in that room. Students and parents are advised to sign up for our Remind 101 acct to receive reminders on their phone.

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What is a activity point?

An activity point is a point awarded to a student for engaging in activities outside of the classroom.  The majority of these activities are offered by the Lincoln FFA chapter and are open to all enrolled students.  Numerous activities are offered for selection by the student.  

How many activities will be required for each student?

An approved activity will count toward credit in all agriculture courses in which that student is enrolled. (Five activities are required per semester).  A student with 3 ag classes is still only responsible for 5 activities, not 15.  A student with a very large SAE, or SAE which is closely tied to a particular program of instruction (ie. a diesel student with a paid placement in a shop) may receive more points in that class.

I didn’t sign my student up for FFA. Are they still considered a member?

Yes.  California FFA is a 100% affiliated program.  All students enrolled in Agriculture classes at Lincoln High School are members.

Is the FFA a extracurricular club?

No.  The FFA is what is considered a Career Technical Student Organization.  It is considered a co-curricular leadership organization, not a club.

U.S. Code › Title 20 › Chapter 44 › § 2302, (6) Career and technical student organization (A) In general: The term “career and technical student organization” means an organization for individuals enrolled in a career and technical education program that engages in career and technical education activities as an integral part of the instructional program.

What is the difference between an extra-curricular activity and a co-curricular activity?

An extracurricular activity is is related to a team, club, or activity that may have no link to curriculum within the classroom.  Our co-curricular activities are connected through our state framework standards, and are open to ALL agriculture students taking a class in our program.  

Do activities or enrollment cost money?

Sometimes.  

Enrollment in the FFA is paid for each student in the program through funds generated through the Ag Incentive grant, at NO COST TO THE STUDENT.  This allows them full access to record keeping software, leadership opportunities, and activities associated with, and graded as part of class curriculum.

Any costs associated with an activity that is NOT part of the graded curriculum may become the responsibility of the student.  Most of these activities are provided at no cost to the member.  These activities are chosen at the option of the student, and based on their career interests and goals.  Some examples of activities that are NOT required but a student may choose that would have a cost associated are:

    • Example: A student raising and registering a project for exhibition at the fair.  The student would be responsible for all fees and costs associated with the project, with the exception of the costs of their advisor’s time.  
    • Example: A student may choose to attend a conference with the FFA.  Food, lodging, and possibly transportation for this optional activity may be the responsibility of the student, depending on the activity.

(California Education Code 52375) Fees or Charges: Activities Which are Part of a Vocational Class No pupil shall be required to pay any fee or charge for enrollment or participation in activities of vocational student organizations, which are a part of a vocational class or course of instruction offered for credit, when those activities are integral to assisting the pupil to achieve the career objectives of the class or course. This section shall apply to activities which occur during or outside of the regular school day.)

Can my student be required to attend specific activities for a class grade?

No.  A student cannot be required to attend a specific activity, but a number of activities  (5) per semester IS required to receive full credit in this area.  Involvement in co-curricular student learning activities are a monitored and required part of every ag class, and failure to complete all 5 activities will result in a reduction of the student’s grade in the area of participation.  Students choose activities which are of interest to their particular career goals.  Students may also create these activities with approval of their advisor.  Think of this like a term paper, the bulk will be written at home.  While it may not be required, the student’s grade will be affected if they don’t do the work.

What if my student wants to create or engage in an activity the LHS FFA does not sponsor?

We have a form for that! We absolutely encourage students to engage in their own development experiences and activities. A discussion with their ag advisor (teacher) may be all that it necessary. Lot’s of SAE projects fall in this category.