Clubs & Activities
Students and teachers have organized a number of different clubs at the school:
|Student Government||Ms. Upshaw|
|Senior Planning Board|
|Jordan Riders Bike Club||Mr. Mendoza|
Students elect student leaders from the student body to represent them and organize school-wide events:
Senior Planning Board
|Senior Class President||TBD|
|Senior Class Vice President||TBD|
|Senior Class Treasurer||TBD|
|Senior Class Secretary||TBD|
Our school also offers a range of extracurricular activities through its after-school program run by Educare. The following activities are available to students:
The mission of our athletic programs is to provide students with competitive opportunities in interscholastic sports so that they will learn and demonstrate the life-long values of leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and integrity.
Our sports include the following:
Summer and Enrichment Opportunities
Many summer programs are available for students to pursure addtional experience and learning. Some of the programs are free and many target minority students. They are also a great way to show extra dedication on your college applications. You can search for summer programs using TeenInk and StudentReview.com. Listed below are some of the most popular summer enrichment programs.
Graduating seniors who are not sure what they want to do after high school should consider applying for a paid community service position with City Year, Washington, DC, a group of 17-24 year olds committed to full-time service for ten months in the Washington, DC, community. Benefits include: living stipend, health care coverage, free metro pass, and an educational scholarship. Find out more
Constitutional Rights Foundation Youth Internship Program
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program
Leadership & Government
Boys State and Girls State
California Youth Think Tank (CYTT) Summer Residence Program
Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project
Junior Statesmen of America Summer Program
Pre-College Leadership Program at Morehouse College
Tavis Smiley Foundation "Youth to Leaders" Leadership Institute
Science, Math, & Engineering
George Washington University Science & Engineering Apprenticeship program
National Space Club Scholars Program, sponsored by NASA
MITES Program (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) at MIT
UCLA Engineering Science Corps Outreach Program
UCLA Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity "SMARTS" Program
Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)
Women in Engineering, E2@UMD (University of Maryland)
Young Scholars Program at UC Davis
Summer University Coursework
Brown University offers pre-college summer programs that are on campus, online, and aborad. Find out more
Summer Pre-Collegiate Program at UC Berkeley
UCLA Summer Sessions
UC Riverside Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students
UC San Diego Academic Connections
University of Maryland Young Scholars Program
UCLA Extension for High School Students
Other Summer Enrichment Opportunities
Hispanic College Fund Hispanic Youth Institute
Outward Bound, Los Angeles (OBA)
Summer Journalism Program at Princeton University
Community College Opportunities
- Los Angeles Trade Tech
- East Los Angeles Community College
- Santa Monica Community College
- West Los Angeles Community College
- El Camino Community College
Some summer opportunity information provided by UCLA EAOP
David Starr Jordan Army (JROTC)
"To motive young people to become better citizens"
“WHAT IS JROTC?”
JROTC stands for Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. It was established nationally in 1916, and here at Jordan High School in 1965. It has as its sole purpose “to motivate young people to be better citizens”. Although it is funded through a partnership between the Department of Defense and local School Districts, JROTC is not intended, designed, nor permitted to prepare or recruit young people for a career in the military; instead it aims to help them get into college and have a better life.
“WHY DO THE STUDENTS WEAR UNIFORMS?”
Students wear the uniform because it helps develop discipline, pride, and motivation. At Jordan High School the program is partially funded by the Army, so the students wear Army uniforms; at other schools the programs are partially funded by other branches of the military, so the students there wear those uniforms. Students (known as “cadets” in JROTC classes) at Jordan High School wear the uniform only one day a week, on Tuesdays. The rest of the week they wear their normal school uniform.
“WHAT IS JROTC CLASS LIKE?”
JROTC is like a combination of a Sports Team, a Club, a Social Studies Class, a Health Class, and a P.E. Class. The curriculum is designed nationally to fit in with the National Education Standards, and is then modified locally to fit State Standards and District requirements. The class lasts 60 minutes, and involves citizenship activities, marching practice, and then either academics or athletics, depending on the day of the week. A normal weekly schedule is Monday – Marching, Tuesday – Uniform and Academics, Wednesday – Academics and Assessment, Thursday – Fitness (Exercise) and Friday Fitness– (Athletics).
“WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DOES JROTC OFFER?”
JROTC at Jordan High School fields competitive teams in the following events: Rifle Marksmanship, Orienteering, Physical Fitness, Academic Achievement, Brigade Academic Challenge, All-City Staff, Voice of Democracy, Squad Drill, Platoon Drill, Company Drill, Armed Drill, Exhibition Drill (Step Team), and Color Guard. In addition, the program supports the school with our Courtesy Patrol Team and Disaster Squad. JROTC Cadets are active in other school activities as well, including all of the school’s competitive Sports Teams, and many clubs on campus, including School Leadership and National Honor Society. In addition to all of this, the program regularly conducts or goes on about 14 field trips/extra-curricular events per year.
“WHAT ARE THE TEACHERS LIKE IN JROTC?”
Contrary to what you may see in the movies or on TV, the teachers in JROTC are not Drill Sergeants! There are two teachers (called “Instructors” in JROTC) at Jordan High School: Master Sergeant Roland A. Souza and Sergeant First Class Steven L. Eckols. Both instructors are retired from the Regular Army with over 20 years in service. Master Sergeant Souza retired from the Army in 2005 after serving overseas in three separate wars. His experience of being an enlisted soldier in combat makes him a passionate advocate for keeping students in school and motivating them to go on to college. He holds a B.S. degree and a California Special Subjects Credential. He is a JROTC Bronze Instructor Award and has been the Senior Army Instructor for Jordan High School since 2010. Sergeant First Class Eckols retired from the Army in 2004. He spent over 14 years in the U.S. Army Recruiting Command working on many high school and college campuses in CA and HI. He holds a M.A. degree in Secondary Education and has CA teaching credentials in P.E. and Health, in addition to ROTC. He is the recipient of a JROTC Bronze Instructor Award and has taught since 2004. Although both of the instructors are retired military men, they are very friendly and approachable, but they will insist on students meeting the standards!
“HOW DO I TAKE JROTC?”
Students (or their parents) desiring to enroll in JROTC simply need to talk to their Counselor. Students successfully passing the JROTC class (and the California Fitness-Gram Test) are awarded either P.E. credit or Elective credit, depending on the individual student’s needs as assessed by their Counselor. Students are always welcome to come down to the JROTC Building and talk to the instructors if they have questions or are interested in the program. The JROTC offices are in the Basement of the Boys Gym (East Gym), or you can call (323) 568-4174.