Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC)
Global Perspective of SHS ROTC: "Student Success" is the main focus and goal of the SHS ROTC learning experience. The program emphasizes the development of better citizens by building skills in leadership, character development, life success, global awareness, fitness and wellness in a structured environment. It teaches self-discipline, confidence, and pride in a job well done. It offers challenges and opportunities to: sharpen oral and written communication skills; promote and encourage citizenship through participation in community service projects; develop leadership potential; improve physical fitness and nutrition habits; provide incentives to live drug free; promote graduation from high school; and develop a solid foundation for post-secondary education and career development. The effort each student invests in this program and in developing personal skills will help produce successful and productive life choices. Indeed, SHS ROTC students follow a "general glide-path" toward a promising future.
Skyline High School's JROTC uses experiential (hands-on) learning techniques for the development of student leadership skills and potential. To facilitate the achievement of program goals, SHS ROTC relies on a student-led chain of command (organizational structure) that requires that all students be "active participants". Field trips, leadership \ adventure camps, and inter-school competitions are integral parts of the program. Participation in the ROTC program does not obligate students to the US Armed Forces.
Basic and Intermediate ROTC Courses: introduce students to basic leadership concepts and skill requirements for successful student leaders. Cognitive learning activities are integrated with experiential learning whereby student leaders practice the skills acquired in the classroom. Primary focus centers around effective communication skills, both written and oral, and students are challenged to expand their knowledge base through real life multimedia resources. Class requirements entail a challenging regimen of academic and physical fitness development as part of the President's Physical Fitness Program; whereby all ROTC students are conditioned, trained and tested monthly, and awarded with fitness achievement recognition.
The SHS ROTC program is equipped with 21st Century multimedia educational tools which challenge students to learn and to achieve in today's ever changing environment. Of particular noteworthiness, intermediate and advanced students serve as role models and mentors for beginning students and challenge them to pursue their own personal best effort both academically and physically.
Advanced ROTC: affords student leaders opportunities to serve in Battalion (school level) and Brigade (District level) ROTC leadership positions. Positions as Commander and Primary Staff Officers (S-1 through S-6) afford student leaders opportunities to plan, to coordinate and to execute a wide array of experiential learning events for participating students. Students participate in area parades, exhibitions, leadership and adventure camps, formal military balls (dinner dances), and service learning activities which focus on basic first aid and CPR skills. All SHS ROTC students are trained in basic first aid and CPR so that in the event of an emergency at SHS, or within their individual communities these students may assist in providing "first responder" assistance. Advanced ROTC students are normally third or fourth - year students and approximately 95 percent of them go on to a four-year college or university. In recent years, several SHS ROTC advanced level students have entered the US Military Academy at West Point in New York. Many others have gone on to Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Davis, as well as to the various CSU campuses at San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, and Cal State East Bay and Long Beach State University.
ROTC Leadership Lab: (after school) is where SHS ROTC students from all levels come together and lead and participate on teams (color guard, drill team with and without rifles, marching platoon, and a highly challenging physical fitness team). The Leadership Lab period provides students with numerous opportunities to utilize the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom in competitions throughout the Bay Area. Recently added is a series of highly challenging "academic bowls" whereby students compete in SAT \ ACT style challenges locally and nationally via Cadet Command -sponsored on-line distance competitions. Additionally, these well - rounded Titans participate annually in a leadership camp at Camp Parks in Dublin, CA. At Camp students live and train with other ROTC students from around the Bay Area, thus furthering their knowledge and abilities to work cooperatively and competitively with others, while gaining an invaluable sense of self-confidence and personal accomplishment. The Leadership Lab also sponsors numerous tutoring sessions in subjects offered at HS. Consequently, the SHS ROTC program complements core subjects by providing time, support and nurturing for individual student needs and challenges.