Academic Programs

  • 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.”

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    Requirements to Join

    Almost 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.

    Lakonikos Yearbook


    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.

    Sanderson Chorus


    The Sanderson High School Choirs have earned a reputation of developing singers with a passion for musical excellence dating back to the school’s opening in 1968. Currently, the Sanderson Choirs consist of Spartan Singers and Sandpipers. Members of the Sanderson Choirs also have many other opportunities which include small ensembles and solos. Our students are consistently chosen to be members of Honors Choir, All-Carolina Choir, All-State, Governor’s School, school musicals, and more! Our choirs have performed extensively across the state, country, and world. We enjoy singing for our community and appreciate all of the support given to us!

    Requirements to Join

    Spartan Singers is open to all. Sandpipers is an auditioned, 10th-12th grade, advanced ensemble.  

    Sanderson Marching Spartans

    The 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 Join

    Previous instrumental music experience and/or audition.

    Sanderson Orchestra

    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 Theatre Ensemble

    For audition and course information, please visit our website:  Website

    The 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.