• Naval Science (NJROTC)

  • Program Overview

    District 214’s NJROTC program strives to help prepare and focus students toward continued education. We develop informed and responsible citizens through the study of Naval Science, current events, global issues, as well as foster leadership development and citizenship through student and community service activities. NJROTC students have no military status and have no military obligation.

    NJROTC at Wheeling High School

    “This program is a course in leadership, teamwork and citizenship, using studies about the Navy as a common core. Students take the course as an elective and receive a grade that counts towards graduation and their GPA. Only the academic class and a few unit activities are mandatory, but cadets are highly encouraged to participate in the unit's 'extra-curricular' field trips, teams, and events. Students are NOT members of the military, though they wear a regulation military uniform once each week. There is no military obligation, and students have no status within the military. There are definite benefits to those students who are considering a military career, but the program is designed to help students be successful in whichever career or endeavors a student pursues. The unit mission is to help develop more informed and responsible citizens. The goal is to develop young leaders. The focus is to maximize student opportunities and prepare them for success, especially in college."

    Most information on this page taken from the national NJROTC website:

    What We Do

    Naval Science Class

    Naval Science 1-4 are electives offered by all D214 high schools. The curriculum coincides with a student's corresponding grade: Freshmen (NS1) through Senior (NS4) and consists of a myriad of topics including… 

    • Leadership
    • Citizenship
    • Government 
    • Navy ships
    • Naval aviation
    • Maritime history
    • Nautical sciences
    • National security
    • Naval warfare
    • Naval operations
    • Military law
    • International law
    • Basic seamanship
    • Current events
    • World geography 

    Wheeling Students attend Naval Science classes during the day whereas District Students attend class Wednesday evenings (night class) at Wheeling High School.

    Night Class

    Every Wednesday throughout the school year, non-Wheeling cadets gather at Wheeling High School to attend a 4-hour night class. During this time cadets learn in their respective Naval Science class from 4:00 to 6:30 PM, have chow (dinner) from 6:30 to 7:00 PM, and then participate in team-building/leadership development activities in the Wheeling High School fieldhouse until 8 PM. The unit also occasionally goes on Wednesday night field trips.