The U. S. Marine Corps has named the Pacific High School Marine Corps JROTC a Naval Honor School for the 2012-13 school year.

This is the sixth time in seven years the program has received the award.

Pacific High School is among 234 schools worldwide participating in the JROTC program. Approximately 20 percent of the top achievers are named Naval Honor Schools.

The designation is based on an annual unit inspection conducted by the Inspector General of the Marine Corps, which considers the unit’s level of community service, scholastic achievement and extracurricular performance, drill, marksmanship and physical fitness competitions.

“The criteria begin at the beginning of the school year and continue through the summer,” said CWO Brian Cain, who leads the program.

Speaking at the Nov. 20 Meramec Valley School Board meeting, CWO Cain said the JROTC program is “on a roll” and recently received a $500 anonymous donation to the program.

“We don’t know who it was from,” he said. “It just had a note that said you’re doing a good job.”

Superintendent Randy George said the Pacific Partnership also recently sent a donation to the program.

“This is a great program for our school and our community,” George said.