Clubs & Activities

Student Clubs

Students and teachers have organized a number of different clubs at the school:

ClubTeacher Advisor
RefugeMs. Alaniz
Student GovernmentMs. Upshaw
Senior Planning Board 
Jordan Riders Bike ClubMr. Mendoza

Student Leadership

Students elect student leaders from the student body to represent them and organize school-wide events:


Senior Planning Board

Senior Class PresidentTBD
Senior Class Vice PresidentTBD
Senior Class TreasurerTBD
Senior Class SecretaryTBD

After-School Activities

Our school also offers a range of extracurricular activities through its after-school program run by Educare. The following activities are available to students:

  • Dance
  • Handball

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 & Enrichment Opportunities

Many summer programs are available for students to pursue additional 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 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
The Youth Internship Program (YIP) places qualified urban students as paid interns in law firms, businesses, government offices, and non-profit organizations. Open to sophomores and juniors during their out-of-school months, the program is offered three times a year to accommodate students in Los Angeles’ year-round school systems. Each paid internship program lasts eight weeks. Students work at job sites for six out of the eight weeks. During the first and last week and every Friday of each program, YIP participants take part in educational seminars. Find out more
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program
Since 1992, the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) has recruited college students for paid summer- and semester-long internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. These ten and fifteen-week internship programs give college students direct experience in a diverse array of careers in the federal and corporate sectors. Find out more
The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS seeks high performing Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American Indian students for internship opportunities with some of the nation’s largest companies. Find out more

Leadership & Government

African American Youth Leadership Program (AAYLP)
The African American Youth Leadership Program is an annual conference for high school juniors and seniors in Sacramento, hosted by the Research and Policy Institute of California. Participants are exposed to training in leadership and personal development and are shown the tools of success in education, business, and government. Conference participants get hands-on experience that culminates in a mock presentation and debate of proposed bills in California’s Assembly Chambers. AAYLP graduates are admitted into the Society of Leaders, a virtual community connecting high-achieving students to academic support, career counseling, and to each other. Find out more
Boys State and Girls State
Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership programs, sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxillary. Students spend a week living on a college campus and learn about city, county, and state government. Students are eligible to participate the summer after their junior year. Find out more aboutCA Boys State or CA Girls State
California Youth Think Tank (CYTT) Summer Residence Program
A youth leadership and diversity training program for California youth to explore important issues, bridge the gaps that divide them, and work collectively to find solutions to the challenges facing their communities and society. The program is designed to bolster students' leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills and has components for both high school and middle school students. Find out more
Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project
This week-long leadership training conference hosted in Sacrament is open for all California high school students currently in the 10th and 11th grade. The conference provides valuable information on Chicano/Latino culture and history through personal experiences of presenters and their study of related topics. The leadership training is presented so that students can take what they learn back to their schools and communities. Find out more
Junior Statesmen of America Summer Program
Junior Statesmen of America allows students to immerse themselves in politics and government while making new friends and developing leadership skills. Find out more
Pre-College Leadership Program at Morehouse College
There are 2 programs, one for male students completing their sophomore or junior year, and the other for male students completing their senior year. The curriculum focuses on personal and interpersonal leadership skills. Find out more
Tavis Smiley Foundation "Youth to Leaders" Leadership Institute
The Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Leadership Institute is the core training and development program of Youth to Leaders. Each year students, ages 13-18, are invited to apply to attend this five-day conference held on a college campus. Between 200 and 250 students are accepted for participation along with adult allies who serve as chaperones. The majority of the Institute participants are moderate to low-income from urban and suburban communities nationwide. Each year 20-25 states are represented. Find out more

Science, Math, & Engineering

COSMOS – The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science
The mission of COSMOS is to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become leaders of California, the nation, and the world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and scholars. Find out more
George Washington University Science & Engineering Apprenticeship program
This program places academically talented high school Students (at least 16 yrs old, sophomores/juniors) with interest in science & math in Department of Defense laboratories for an 8-week period over the summer. The program provides experience in the world of scientific research, with hands-on exposure to scientific & engineering practices not available in the HS environment. It is a paid apprenticeship and the students are assigned a scientist or engineer as their mentor. Find out more
National Space Club Scholars Program, sponsored by NASA
This is a 6 week summer internship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It is open to students who will be 16 years old and have completed the 10th grade, have demonstrated high academic success, and have an interest in space science or engineering as a career. Find out more
MITES Program (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) at MIT
MITES is a challenging 6 week summer program that prepares promising rising seniors for careers in engineering and science. If you are selected, all educational, housing, meals and activity costs are covered. You must, however, pay for your own transportation to and from MIT. Find out more
UCLA Engineering Science Corps Outreach Program
The UCLA Summer Research Program for high school students offers hands-on research experience working in an engineering laboratory of a distinguished UCLA faculty member. Each participant is matched with a faculty mentor and works as a member of that faculty mentor’s research group for eight summer weeks. Participants will attend weekly workshops/presentations conducted by faculty and staff during a catered lunch, which will expose participants to the various engineering departments at UCLA. High school participants also learn to translate their research data into the constructs of a scientific poster, which is presented on the final day of the program. Find out more
UCLA Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity "SMARTS" Program
Admitted students participate in CEED's Annual Science Mathematics Achievement and Research Technology for Students Program (SMARTS). SMARTS is a six-week summer college preparation program at UCLA designed to engage traditionally underrepresented students in rigorous science, technology, engineering and math instruction and training. Participants engage in math courses, SAT preparation, research, and college and career planning workshops. Students also complete six weeks of research in UCLA labs through the Research Assistance Program. The six-week experience is culminated with a closing ceremony where Research Apprentices formally present their projects to an audience of faculty, staff, parents and their peers. Find out more
Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)
The SUMaC program brings mathematically talented and motivated high-school students from across the United States, and from around the world, to Stanford University for four weeks of serious mathematical pursuits. The goals of the program are to provide access for these students to advanced topics in mathematics, to lead these students through topics that are of great significance to mathemetics and the sciences, and to provide a friendly social environment for interaction between SUMaC participants and Stanford Mathematics Department faculty and students. Find out more
Women in Engineering, E2@UMD (University of Maryland)
Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) is a one-week summer program for high school women (rising juniors or seniors) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career. You will live on campus for one-week and explore the world of engineering through fun hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, informative workshops, team challenges, and seminars with professional engineers.Find out more
Young Scholars Program at UC Davis
The Young Scholars Program and UC Davis is designed to expose students to the world of original research in the natural sciences with an emphasis on the biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences. Find out more

Summer University Coursework

Harvard Secondary School Program
The Harvard Secondary School Program offers students the chance to take Harvard courses while meeting people from around the world. Find out more

Brown University offers pre-college summer programs that are on campus, online, and aborad. Find out more

Summer Pre-Collegiate Program at UC Berkeley
The Summer Pre-Collegiate Program at UC Berkeley offers students a chance to earn college credit by taking college-level courses. Find out more
UCLA Summer Sessions
UCLA Summer Sessions and Special Programs offers summer programs to motivated high school students who would like to get a jump-start on their college career and gain enrichment in a variety of interesting and challenging subjects. Find out more
UC Riverside Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students
The UC Riverside Summer Academy opens summer courses to high school students, giving students the chance to earn college credit. Find out more
UC San Diego Academic Connections
UC San Diego program to connect high school students with college subject matter courses led by graduate students in a wide array of academic disciplines. Find out more
University of Maryland Young Scholars Program
The University of Maryland Young Scholars Program targets rising juniors and seniors who have a strong academic record and a desire to excel to experience college life while earning three academic credits. 14 courses are offered for three weeks. Find out more
UCLA Extension for High School Students
UCLA's High School Level Program designed for the college-bound student. These intensive academic courses help introduce students to the UCLA campus, and can provide high school credit, with prior agreement from your counselor. Students can also take regular UCLA Extension degree-credit courses, available evenings and weekends. Find out more

Other Summer Enrichment Opportunities

College Admission Prep Camp
The College Admission Prep Camp is a way to have a great time on a college campus this summer while getting a head start on the college admissions process. The program offers: SAT test preparations with a proven curriculum, college admissions essay one-on-one tutoring, college admissions guidance – where to apply, how the process works. Find out more
Hispanic College Fund Hispanic Youth Institute
The Hispanic Youth Institute is a national pre-college program that begins the Hispanic College Fund’s pipeline of programs helping students graduate from college, pursue professional careers and give back to the community. Students experience a university campus for a four-day, three-night college empowerment program where students will learn to overcome both real and perceived barriers to college access. The students participate in college and career workshops, connect with local Hispanic professionals, meet college admissions officers, interact with mentors, listen to inspirational speakers, and compete for scholarships. Throughout the on-campus experience, the students will build their confidence and receive practical tools to help them along their pathway to college. Find out more
Outward Bound, Los Angeles (OBA)
Serving the Greater Los Angeles area, OBA, Inc., better known as Outward Bound Adventures, is a nonprofit organization that provides meaningful nature-based educational experiences for urban underserved youth, young adults and their families. OBA uses the wilderness, urban communities and classroom settings to teach its middle school and high school participants about the natural world. Participants engage in activities and initiatives that promote self-empowerment, integrity, accountability, health, community service and environmental education. Find out more
Summer Discovery
Summer Discovery offers summer enrichment programs from UCLA to Florance, Italy, in a wide array of subjects. Find out more
Summer Journalism Program at Princeton University
The Summer Journalism Program is designed for low-income sophomores or juniors who have an interest in journalism. The cost is free including travel costs to and from Princeton! Find out more

Community College Opportunities

Students interested in making themselves more academically competitive may want to attend community college courses over the summer. Students who take advantage of concurrent enrollment opportunities demonstrate that they are capable of handling college level coursework. In addition, UC/CSU approved courses at the community college can help satisfy a high school subject requirement while simultaneously earning the student college credits. For more information, students should visit the website of the community college that they wish to attend. Some local options to consider include:


Some summer opportunity information provided by UCLA EAOP


David Starr Jordan Army (JROTC)

"To motive young people to become better citizens"


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.




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.



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).



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.



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!



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.


JROTC Resources:

1. Fall Semester Syllabus (.doc)

2. BN Promotion Requirements (.doc)

3. Cadet Creed (.doc)

4. Company Drill (.doc)

5. Mission, Meaning, and General Orders (.doc)

6. Platoon Drill (.doc)

7. Rank Structure (.doc)

8. Squad Drill (.doc)

9. What is JROTC? (.doc)

Ánimo College Preparatory Academy

2265 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Phone: (323) 568-4136