Sanderson High School is home to several academic programs designed to enrich the student experience. These programs include the Academy of Finance, Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, and the Spartan Marching Band. These programs must meet certain academic requirements. Students must sign up for classes in these program areas in order to participate.
Academy of Finance
The purpose of this organization is to provide students with a rigorous, career-focused curriculum tied to real-world engagement opportunities with business professionals that set the stage for college success and rewarding careers.
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps AFJROTC
The mission of AFJROTC is to "Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community." AFJROTC is not a USAF accessions program, and cadets are never under any obligation to join the military. AFJROTC is a Title 10 US Code mandated leadership and citizenship program that is designed to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill personal responsibility, character, and self-discipline. The program achieves this through classroom education in air and space fundamentals and hands-on learning opportunities in a number of fun and challenging extra-curricular activities. The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force Core Values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.”
The program has approximately 900 units in high schools world-wide. There are more than 121,000 high school cadets in the program and over 1,950 retired USAF instructors who lead, mentor, guide, and teach our cadets. AFJROTC enjoys overwhelming school administration and community support because of the huge positive impact on cadets, schools, communities, and our nation. In many communities that have no military bases within many miles, the cadets and instructors of AFJROTC are truly “the face of the US Air Force.”
Requirements to JoinAlmost any Sanderson student can join AFJROTC. Physical requirements are similar to a Healthful Living class, and each student is expected to be able to participate physically. A student can begin JROTC in any grade (9th-12th) and complete anywhere from 1 to 4 of our one-semester classes.
The Sanderson Orchestra is a growing string ensemble program. Currently, the group is multi-level, consisting of 9 - 12 grade students collaborating in the same class. More experienced students become leaders to mentor less experienced students. We perform Winter and Spring Concerts, various school events, participate in adjudicated solo and ensemble, and students have the opportunity to audition for Eastern Regional Orchestra and NC Honors Orchestra.
Requirements to Join
Previous instrumental music experience and/or audition.
Sanderson Marching SpartansThe Sanderson Band has a long history of excellence, dating back to the school's opening in 1968. Currently, the Sanderson Band program consists of the Marching Spartans, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and various other small ensembles, as well as annual performances with the Sanderson Theater Department in the spring musical. The band has performed extensively across North Carolina and the Southeastern United States in both marching band competitions and concert band festivals.
Requirements to JoinPrevious instrumental music experience and/or audition.
Sanderson Theatre EnsembleThe Sanderson Theatre Ensemble offers a variety of honors classes for students interested in both theatre and tech threatre, an international honor society (ITS), and two mainstage productions per year - Fall Play and Spring Musical.For audition and course information, please visit our website: Website
The Yearbook staff, under staff advisory, creates a yearbook for the students at Sanderson each year. This is a small business for which students learn to create and sell a product. They publish a one-time print edition of a book for the Sanderson community.
Requirements to Join
Due to the fact that yearbook is a business, students are required to fill out an application for a place on the staff, as they would for any job. Students are required to create a product, market their product, and sell their product.