Academics » NJROTC
A special feature of Notre Dame High School is its NJROTC program. NJROTC stands for Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and is a sponsored U.S. Navy and secondary school program for students. At Notre Dame, students participate in the program between 10th and 12th grades. Students are not recruited or obligated to enter the military; it is a citizenship and leadership development program. NJROTC teaches self discipline, leadership, respect and self determination skills to assist students in successfully accomplishing life's goals.
Notre Dame's NJROTC program has been very successful over the years; our unit has been awarded Distinguished Unit citations several years in a row. Our unit provides a variety of activities including Drill Teams, Color Guard, Rifle Team, Academic Team and Air Rifle Shooting Team. Our NJROTC drill teams have been garnered a host of trophies at meets in which they participate in annually including the Mexico Academy Drill Meet, the Proctor Drill Meet, the North Rockland Drill Meet, and the East High School Drill Meet.
NJROTC stresses the importance of community service. Notre Dame's NJROTC unit is no different; we participates in weekly nursing home visits and in important causes around the community including the annual Veteran's Day Parade, Mayor's ball, and other service projects. The cadets community service teaches and reinforces new skills such as how to assume responsibility, and exposes the students to the needs of the outside world.
Notre Dame NJROTC also participates in required events. Each year NS1 (1st year cadets) go to Basic Leadership Training (a.k.a. mini boot camp). At Basic Leadership Training the cadets learn the basics about the program including drill, leadership and self-determination. Cadets participate in a week-long program that prepares the cadets for the rest of their NJROTC experience. Every year Notre Dame's NJROTC has a Military Ball, and seniors are allowed at minimum cost a senior cruise during their spring break to Tidewater, Virginia; the end of the year also includes an Annual Inspection and a Graduation ceremony. While the years may go by quickly, the memories and relationships will last forever.
Notre Dame's NJROTC program is very rewarding. Upon completion of the program, students can be justifiably proud of their accomplishments. It is a program of determination, responsibility, and hard work that will not go unnoticed. You will stand a little taller having worked a little harder.