Our cadets stand out among their peers as ethical, confident, physically fit, and academically dedicated young men and women. In April 2013, we again earned Distinguished Unit status. In fact, Silver Creek has earned Distinguished Unit the past six years in a row, is considered the best unit in all of Northern and Central California, and is one of the top schools of the 620 high school programs in the world.
During the 2012-2013 school year, the unit's 109 cadets performed 2902 community service hours and Major Chuck Reed presented Silver Creek with a San Jose City Council Letter of Commendation and a plaque for their community service. In August of this year Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese also presented the unit with a Letter of Commendation for their community service excellence.
The Valley of San Jose Scottish Rite center presented Master Chief Howell with its Non-Commissioned Officer Instructor of the Year Award (2013).
NJROTC was awarded a "Bravo Zulu" pennant and earned the highest rating on our annual Area Manager Inspection (2013). The unit received an overall grade of "Outstanding."
NAVAL SCIENCE 1
Grade 9 (year): E
The curriculum for the NJROTC program combines leadership/citizenship training with the academic requirements of high school. This course includes studies in oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, electricity, navigation, and naval electronics. The student must learn appropriate theory and must apply this theory to the solution of laboratory problems. The basic principles are then applied to specific areas of naval science: two academic, one physical fitness, one leadership, and one drill periods are conducted weekly. Cadets participate in numerous outside activities throughout the school year and during the summer months to reinforce classroom instruction.
NAVAL SCIENCE 2
Grade 10 (year): E
Prerequisites: SNSI/NS1 instructor’s approval if grade less than C
NS2 focuses on maritime geography/development of naval sea power and a nation's ability to make use of the oceans. The course is viewed through the historical development of sea power from the early sailors of ancient Crete to our modern day sea power environment. It develops an understanding of the growing interdependence of nations of the world, military history, and the principles of war from a naval standpoint. Two academic, one physical fitness, one leadership, and one drill periods are conducted weekly.
NAVAL SCIENCE 3
Grade 11 (year): E
Prerequisites: NS2 instructor’s approval if grade less than C
Cadets will begin the transition from a followership to a leadership role. Academic curriculum includes naval weapons, national strategy and naval operations, international law and the sea, navy research and development programs, basic ship construction and damage control, and communications. Two academic, one physical fitness, one leadership, and one drill periods are conducted weekly.
NAVAL SCIENCE 4
Grade 12 (year): E
Prerequisites: NS3 instructor’s approval if grade less than C
Senior cadets perform unique responsibilities in leadership positions; guiding, aiding and providing the example roles to the junior cadre of junior student cadets. Academic curriculum focuses on extensive elements of leadership including communications, responsibility, authority, influence by example, forming teams, and inspections. The Navy's Health and Physical Fitness program is covered in depth in the classroom. Practical physical fitness training and uniform inspection/drill is also provided. Two academic, one physical fitness, one leadership, and one drill periods are conducted weekly.