DR. MONA VENNING
DIRECTOR OF ARMY INSTRUCTION
The fully accredited Army JROTC Program of Instruction is designed to help our young people to be better citizens and fully supports the APS mission "with a caring culture of trust and collaboration, every student will graduate ready for college and career". Every class, every event, and every activity we offer is aimed at providing leadership development and practical life skills growth opportunities to our nearly 3,000 cadets. Each member of our fully trained and dedicated instructor staff has made a personal commitment to continue to serve our nation by sharing their professional experiences with their students, by providing them the best instruction possible, and by instilling in each student a strong sense of self-discipline, responsibility, and self-worth. We constantly strive to be better at everything that we do and to attain our goal, which is also our motto – “LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE”.
The JROTC curriculum provides equitable and challenging academic content and authentic learning experiences for all Cadets. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques. All lessons are designed using a four-part model to motivate the Cadet, allow the Cadet to learn new information, practice competency, and apply the competency to a real-life situation. Moreover, the four-part model requires Cadets to collaborate, reflect, develop critical thinking skills, and integrate content with other disciplines. JROTC curriculum includes lessons in leadership, health and wellness, physical fitness, first-aid, geography, American history and government, communications, and emotional intelligence.
The curriculum is rigorous and relevant to 21st century education. Our curriculum meets the standards of Common Core State Standards and in many states, it aligns with Career and Technical Education clusters. Cadets learn and apply the curriculum using technology in the classroom. Instructors use technology in the classroom as an instructional strategy to engage Cadets in their learning. Cadets use technologies to complete summative and formative assessments, present presentations, and play educational games to promote learning. Cadets must participate in co-curricular activities to reinforce what is learned in the classroom.