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JROTC Programs to Become Magnet Options in 2019-20


Jan. 8, 2019 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, Ragsdale High and Smith High (Air Force);
  • Grimsley High (Army);
  • High Point Central High (Marine Corps); and
  • Northeast High, Page 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 and would have to provide their own transportation to school. The change will allow students to request bus transportation within a specific attendance zone for programs that currently serve fewer than 150 students. For the 2019-20 school year, these programs 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. 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.