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The AFJROTC program is academically demanding because Physical Science (freshman), World History (sophomores), Communications (juniors), and Leadership (seniors) are provided as the curriculum in addition to the development of citizenship and leadership skills required to prepare young people for leadership roles in any career field. These are aligned with the Washington State Essential Academics Learning requirements. Additionally, the co-curricular activities offered to students enrolled in Aerospace Science include drill teams, color guard, rocketry and model clubs, all of which are designed to promote leadership, teamwork and goal orientation.
Leadership is mentioned in each year's course description because activities (Air Force requirements) are separated into academics and leadership. In practice, however, the overlap is considerable. The development of writing and speaking skills is categorized as "leadership hours", yet when used to present subject matter related to what is being taught in the "academic" area, the results are twofold. There are also many after or before school activities that provide the proving ground for newly learned leadership and communication skills. Activities such as drill teams, color guard, model and rocket clubs and the formal cadet corps' operation all require considerable responsibility. To describe the leadership portion of the curriculum as 240 hours (60 hours per year) is technically true; however, in practice it is grossly understated. Wearing the uniform, practicing customs and courtesies and learning basic skills are mandatory.
If a student enjoys working with people, helping others, advancing his or her education and being a leader, AFJROTC has a lot to offer in making these decisions come true.
Students who complete three or four years of Aerospace Science enjoy special advantages in applying for all military academy and ROTC scholarships, If a student plans on enlisting in a military service after graduation and has completed at least three years of Aerospace Science, he or she will enter the service in a pay grade higher than the normal enlistee. Enrollment in Aerospace Science does not cause the participant to incur any military obligations.
 
Physical Science/Aerospace Science 1-2
(1 Year) Grade 9
Graduation Requirement: Lab Science
Pre-Requisite: Instructor's permission
Purpose/Goal: This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of Physical Science that include the Washington State Essential Academic Learning requirements.
Skills Developed: Knowledge is gained in the environment, the human body, chemistry and the basic physical principals that govern our lives. Writing and speaking are integrated into the curriculum. Leadership studies include military customs and courtesies, flag courtesies, basic drill as well as study techniques and time management.
Major Assignments: Test/quizzes, homework, term papers, book reports and analysis of presented materials. Additionally, field trips and orientation flights augment the process of learning.
 
World History/Aerospace Science 3-4
(1 Year) Grade 10
Graduation Requirements: World History
Pre-Requisite: Instructor's permission
Purpose/Goal: This course is designed to give an in-depth study of world history that meets Washington State Essential Academic Learning requirements. Additionally, study of world geography, current world issues and events are included.
Skills Developed: The ability to analyze how historical events affect today's happenings, as well as writing and speaking are integrated into the curriculum. Leadership studies include military customs and courtesies, flag courtesies, basic drill as well as study techniques and time management.
Major Assignments: Tests/quizzes, homework, term papers, book reports and analysis of presented materials. Leadership activities include communication skills, understanding individual and group behavior, basic leadership concepts and advanced drill.
 
Aerospace Science 5-6
(1 Year) Grade 11
Graduation Requirement: Elective
Pre-Requisite: Instructor's permission
Purpose/Goal: This course provides writing, speaking, organizational and management skills necessary in life and meets the Washington State Essential Academic Learning requirements.
Skills Developed: Practical application of researching, writing and presenting business and personal communications are the stressed areas of development. These include, but are not limited to, listening effectively, resume, cover letter, thank you letters, interviewing, job search, persuasive writing and speaking, oral and written reports and challenging array of leadership and management problems.
Major Assignments: Tests/quizzes, homework, term papers, book reports and analysis of presented materials as well as planning, executing and critiquing the process of corps activities and field trips.
 
Aerospace Science 7-8
(1 Year) Grade 12
Graduation Requirement: Elective
Pre-Requisite: Instructor's permission
Purpose/Goal: This course is designed to contribute to each student's ability to adapt to the changing world around us. Advance study and practical application of leadership and management techniques are stresses.
Skills Developed: Through role playing and active involvement in school activities, students will understand and appreciate the requirements to lead and manage efficiently.
Major Assignments: Tests/quizzes, homework, term papers, book reports, providing briefings and analysis of presented materials and the process of organizing all corps activities. Writing and executing checklists and operating instructions is also required.