The Middle School, as an outgrowth of the original High School, nests within this mission. In order to support the school’s overall mission, the Middle School will prepare its students to be successful future Maritime Cadets. The title of Cadet and the NJROTC uniform must be earned. It is earned by successfully completing the course of study at the Middle School. This course of study will include mandatory instruction in Civics which is a course taught by Naval Science Instructors designed to embody the elements of citizenship, character and leadership development inherent in the High School NJROTC program. Students will be known as Candidates; they will wear a school uniform and be expected to adhere to the grooming standards of the NJROTC program. Candidates will be divided into platoons and each platoon will be assigned a senior Cadet Officer and Mustering Chief in order to act as role models and to mentor Candidates on what it takes to become a successful Cadet. Military practices found in the High School will be mirrored in the Middle School. These will include, but are not limited to, practices such as muster, courtesies rendered those in authority, and participation in the annual Change of Command.
Our school culture reflects the values that are the foundation of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps; leadership and citizenship. The Cadets\Candidates Honor Code, “a Cadet\Candidate will never lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do” supports a climate where the focus is on learning. Cadets\Candidates are “shipmates” much like on a Navy ship; they are responsible for each other’s success. We expect each Cadet\Candidate to put forth their best effort; Cadets\Candidates understand the teachers are here to help them reach their goals. Effort is rewarded and praised, rules are clearly stated and consequences for bad decisions are evenly and consistently applied. Each new Cadet\Candidate will participate in beginning of the year orientation to the Cadets\Candidates handbook, which includes the discipline code centered on the PBIS model. Expectations, both academic and disciplinary, are clearly explained and consequences for poor decisions are explained as well.