8th Infantry Illinois National Guard Association
The Chicago Citywide JROTC Academy to be housed at the current Bronzeville Armory site, will open a window of opportunity for unserved and underserved students in the Chicago Public Schools to not only enroll in a JROTC program, but to be a part of a unique educational experience. Unique because those who choose to attend will be able to study in an environment of focused learning guided by staff who are genuinely concerned for their future success; staff who bring with them many years of life skills unparalleled by the staff currently in the Chicago Public Schools.
Design features of the Academy will incorporate the best of career academies across the nation. A unique component of the Academy is the incorporation of a learning strategy that prepares students to "use their minds well" in a "less is more" atmosphere of active cooperative learning nurtured by a team of core mentor teachers and retired military teaching partners. The goals of the Academy will include but will not be limited to: provide access to unserved or underserved students in the Chicago Public Schools, improve graduation rate, decrease dropout rate, increase performance on standardized measures, decrease school tardiness, decrease school absences, and provide successful transition to post secondary activities. The focused curriculum will prepare student s to enter a college of their choice or gain meaningful employment in the areas projected b y the U.S. Department of Labor to be crucial for job seekers by the year 2000 and beyond; service industries. Accordingly, the Chicago JROTC Academy will house four "schools within a school" in these focus areas: health, business/computers, science and military science.
Students will meet the general requirements of 4 years of English, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of math, and 3 years of science. In addition, students must complete 4 years of ROTC, and elective in integrated vocational courses. Scheduling will be blocked to allow maximum utilization of educational options for the small school. Integrated career field courses will supplement the general high school program and provide students with career options through post-secondary training. Minimum credits for graduation will be 22 units.