Powell Academy of Military Science
Through the National Middle School Cadet Corps, Powell Academy of Military Science parents and students will have access to a program with a 100-year history in JPS, the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Jackson Public School District data reveals that JROTC students have the highest graduation rate as a subgroup compared to their non-JROTC counterparts. Scholarship opportunities for college are also awarded to qualifying students via colleges throughout the nation for continuing in ROTC programs. Research also indicates decreased disciplinary infractions for JROTC students. Thus, this program would allow students to compete in leadership roles with other Middle School Cadet Corps around the nation.
"It is our belief that this program will support a positive learning environment and develop a cadre of student leaders who will promote positive change in the learning environment," said Middle Schools Chief Academic Officer Chinelo Evans.
The long-term goals of each academy are to increase average daily attendance, attract and retain high-quality staff, and to improve student achievement, ultimately leading to an increased graduation rates. These initiatives are expected to be replicated in other schools within the District.