Program Overview / Parent Information
Buena Park's AFJROTC program was the 6th school established in 1994 and is designated as CA-946. For the past five years the school has averaged about 155 cadets under the guidance of two Instructors, Colonel James Miller and Senior Master Sergeant Jeremy Carney (both retired from the USAF). Since both Instructor's arrival, the program has developed significantly, taking students from a managerial instructural approach to a leadership development program ran by a cadre of cadet leaders.
OUR REPORT CARD
The BPHS AFJROTC program has gone through 2 major inspections in 2013 and 2017, with a COVID-19 online inspection in 2021. All inspections resulted in an "Exceeds Standards" rating, resulting in the unit being recognized as a Distinguished Unit w/ Merit (only the top 5% of all programs world-wide reach this level). This also resulted in both instructors being recognized as "Outstanding Teachers" throughout the Western United States (AFJROTC Region 4). The program has also been a significant contributor to Buena Park High School. During a Gold Ribbon Validation (Distinguished school) in March 2015, all four award validators specifically singled out the AFJROTC program as being "student engaged", "professional", and "college level environment, building future leaders", resulting in a gold ribbon award for Career Technical Education.
Buena Park AFJROTC offers a variety of opportunities to students to get involved. The program provides leadership opportunities while allowing students to complete Physical Education or General Elective Credit for students in grades 9 through 12. A few highlights of our program are:
- Physical Education or General Elective Credit
- Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Ground School College Elective "G" Credit
- STEM programs: Rocketry, Private plane rides, R/C Aircraft, Marksmanship, Drone operation, Academic Bowl, Aviation ground school and more.
- Drill and Cermony Competitions
- Free JROTC Military style uniforms including camoflauge battle uniforms (returned at end of JROTC commitment)
- Free PE clothes (shorts, shirt, and sweat shirt/pants) (each cadets keeps their own PT gear)
- Key awards/ribbons/promotions and community recognition; builds resume for college and job applications
- Advanced Pay, selections to military service academies, and military careers if students want to persue a military career
- Curriculum in Action field trips - Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan libraries, Chino Air Museum and airshow, Camp Pendleton, USAF Bases, Boeing/Raytheon, California Science Center/Endeavor Space Shuttle tours, USS Iowa battleship, and more
- Community Service: Carnivals, Disney Marathon, Special Olympics, Anaheim Angels 5K run, Beach Clean-up, Rose Parade Float Decoration, Feeding the Community, etc.
- Leadership courses: Life skills, communication, character education, college prep, financing/budgeting, and management. Special Teams (Drill, Color Guard, Honor Guard, Sword, Rifle, Academic, Sea Perch and Marksmanship competitions)
- Physical education: Sports competitions, Presidential Fitness Program, California Fitness Test, team building skills, raider team competitions
- Aerospace: Aviation Ground School, Aerospace Engineering, Aviation History, Science of Flight, Space Exploration and Global Cultural Studies
- Summer Camp: Learn drill, build leadership skills, teamwork, and sports. Enrollment open for summer camp and 2021/2022 program/school registration
Our program consists of: Aerospace Science comprises 40 percent of the curriculum, 40 percent Leadership Education, and 20 percent Health and Wellness for Life training. All students who successfully complete AFJROTC classes are granted credit towards graduation. Classroom study includes the heritage of flight, principles of aircraft flight and navigation, human requirements of flight, development of aerospace power, aerospace vehicles, rocketry, space programs, space technology and the aerospace industry. Students are also introduced to military customs and courtesies, citizenship in the United States, first aid, wellness, health and fitness, basic drill and ceremonies, effective communications, management, human relations and life after high school. All uniforms and curriculum materials are provided by the Air Force. Supplemental materials are provided to enhance the curriculum.
For further information, please open the AFJROTC Documents page. Also, do not hesitate to contact us:
- Office Phones: 714-992-8727/8621
- Instructor's Emails: Col James Miller; email@example.com
SMSgt Jeremy Carney; firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to you joining our AFJROTC family! Our goal - is to be your partner in guiding your teenager to become successful adults