The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. The National Defense Act of 1916 established organized JROTC
programs at public and private educational institutions. Each military service supports a JROTC program to “instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.”
JROTC’s mission: “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens”, is the guide post for the program’s

Horizon Science Academy’s JROTC program is one of over 1,700 JROTC programs, currently serving public and private high schools, military institutions, and correctional centers throughout the United States and overseas. Approximately 40% of JROTC programs are in inner city schools, serving a student population of 50% minorities. As JROTC students (Cadets) progress through the program, they experience opportunities to lead other Cadets. A major component of the JROTC leadership and citizenship program is female Cadets. Female Cadets make up 40% of he Cadet population. The JROTC faculty is led by nearly 4,000 instructors, who have retired from active duty, reserve duty, or National Guard Army service. Instructors are trained and qualified in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2007 to teach and mentor approximately 314,000 JROTC Cadets annually.
The U.S. Army JROTC program has been accredited as a Special Purpose Program by the national accrediting agency now known as Cognia www.cognia.org JROTC curriculum provides equitable and challenging academic content and authentic learning experiences for all Cadets. JROTC curriculum includes lessons in leadership, health and wellness, physical fitness, first-aid, geography, American history and government, communications, emotional intelligence and most importantly, Service Learning. During Service Learning, Cadets learn valuable lessons on giving back and being positive, proactive member of their communities.
Cadets have the opportunity to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities to demonstrate their attainment of lesson outcomes. Some of these activities include precision and exhibition military drill competitions, air rifle competitions (optional), Raider Challenge competitions, JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Camp, and a physical fitness competition known as JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC). Cadets who complete 4 years of JROTC co-curricular activities
and its challenging curriculum will be more college and/or career ready.
MAJ(R) Brad Bell began teaching JROTC at Horizon Science Academy in September of 2021 and retired from the Ohio National Guard shortly thereafter in December of 2021. Prior to joining our family at HSA, MAJ(R) Bell served as a cook, unit armorer, Human Resources Officer, and Training Officer while a member of both the Ohio National Guard and Active Duty Army. Building relationships with the kids and instilling a sense of community and accountability are the outcomes he enjoys most about the program.
US Army JROTC Cadet of the Quarter
We are pleased to announce our US Army JROTC Cadet of the Quarter 2011.  Corporal TyShawn Vaughn won the honors.  Corporal Vaughn competed against all of our Cadets of the month winners.  The Board was extremely professional and asked tough questions pertaining to cadet basic knowledge and materials covered in class to date.  Corporal Vaughn won numerous letters, certificates, and a lot of Army, Coast Guard, and Marine prises.
US Army JROTC Academic Team
JROTC Academic Team competing against all JROTC Programs in the Nation online.  We are in Level II of the competition.  The Team was awarded a College Foundation Certificate of Participation. If we win we will compete in Washington D.C early this summer.
JROTC Thanksgiving Food Drive
JROTC Holiday Cards for Veterans and Deployed Soldiers
JROTC Uniform Inspection Day