APA requires all students in grades 6-8 to participate in the Cadet Program of the Civil Air Patrol, a civilian volunteer organization sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. The Cadet Program instills in American youth the core military values of integrity, service, respect and excellence. Citizenship, leadership, character, physical fitness, personal accountability, benevolence and safety are hallmarks of the ideal Cadet.
The Cadet Program introduces students to core military and school values and makes them aware of the opportunities available after high school graduation such as college, employment and military service. Additionally, 8th grade students will undergo a course of study in person financial responsibility in which the Cadets can earn a high school credit.