JROTC Programs to Become Magnet Options in 2019-20

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For Immediate Release: Jan. 8, 2019

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JROTC Programs to Become Magnet Options in 2019-20
Students will have greater access to these eight high school military programs

Greensboro, N.C. – Guilford County Schools is making it easier for students to participate in one of the district’s eight Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs. The Board of Education approved a change to treat the JROTC programs as magnet options and to provide transportation to five programs that are below enrollment capacity.

GCS currently offers JROTC for four military branches at eight traditional high schools:

* Dudley High and Smith High (Air Force);

* Grimsley High (Army);

* High Point Central High (Marine Corps); and

* Northeast High, Page High, Ragsdale High and Southeast High (Navy).

Previously, students who wanted to participate in these programs but who did not live in the attendance zone would request reassignment, meaning they must provide their own transportation to school. The changed policy will allow students to request bus transportation within a specific attendance zone for programs that currently serve fewer than 150 students, which are Grimsley, Dudley, Ragsdale, Northeast and Page.

Students can apply for all eight programs, but transportation will only be provided to those that are below capacity, and only within a designated magnet area<www.gcsnc.com/cms/lib/NC01910393/Centricity/Domain/234/2019%20Board%20Meetings/January%208%202019/CONSENT%20JROTC%20magnet%20options.pdf>. Students who already have access to a viable JROTC program at their home school or choice school are not eligible for this choice. The change will take effect in the 2019-20 school year.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com<www.gcsnc.com>.

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