Sixty-Nine Academies in the NAF Network Reach Distinguished Level – NAF’s Highest Level of Achievement

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In total, more than 100 NAF Academies Earn Model Level for Delivering High-Quality Educational Experiences for High School Students

Sixty-nine academies in the NAF network have reached Distinguished level and in total, more than 100 have reached Model level on NAF’s annual assessment, delivering high quality educational experiences for high school students across the nation. NAF’s annual assessment measures an academy’s strengths and challenges in implementing NAF’s results-driven educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. Site visits conducted by a team of distinguished leaders, outside experts, and NAF staff verify academy scores.

A subset of these high performing academies reach additional thresholds to earn Distinguished level – NAF’s highest level of achievement. Sixty-nine academies in the NAF network have reached Distinguished level, with 38 of these academies having reached this level more than once and 31 being new to the roster.

NAF President, JD Hoye, said, “Each year, NAF looks forward to spotlighting our remarkable distinguished and model academies who have gone above and beyond to uphold NAF’s educational design and ensure a quality experience for our high school students. Your hard work and dedication have earned you this honor – congratulations and thank you for all that you do.”

NAF’s annual assessment helps academies assess their progress and increase their alignment to NAF’s standards, reflecting national standards developed by researchers and members from similar career and pathway organizations.    

“It is an honor and privilege to celebrate our distinguished and model academies who have exemplified NAF’s commitment to quality each and every day in our high school classrooms. We commend you on this tremendous achievement, and look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that all young people are college, career, and future ready,” said Katherine Blasik, Vice President, Research and Evaluation, at NAF.

The Distinguished and Model academies will be recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, in Washington, DC this July.

Distinguished Academies:

  •     Academy of Finance and Enterprise -- Long Island City, NY
  •     Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- North Miami, FL
  •     Atlantic Technical Magnet High School, Academy of Information Technology -- Coconut Creek, FL (*new this year)
  •     Blanche Ely High School, Academy of Information Technology -- Pompano Beach, Florida (*new this year)
  •     David W. Butler High School, Academy of Health Sciences -- Charlotte, NC (*new this year)
  •     Clarence Central High School, Academy of Finance -- Clarence, NY
  •     Clark High School, Academy of Finance -- Las Vegas, NV
  •     Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism -- Washington, DC
  •     Coral Gables Senior High School, Academy of Finance -- Miami, FL
  •     Coral Reef High School, Academy of Finance -- Miami, FL
  •     Crooms Academy of Information Technology -- Sanford, FL
  •     East Forsyth High School, Academy of Finance -- Kernersville, NC (*new this year)
  •     East Mecklenburg High School, Academy of Engineering -- Charlotte, NC (*new this year)
  •     Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- Dallas, TX (*new this year)
  •     Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Finance, -- Dallas, TX (*new this year)
  •     Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Engineering -- Dallas, TX (*new this year)
  •     Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Health Sciences -- Dallas, TX (*new this year)
  •     G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, Academy of Information Technology -- Miami, FL
  •     Harmony Magnet Academy of Engineering -- Porterville, CA
  •     Harmony Magnet Academy of Performing Arts -- Porterville, CA
  •     Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences -- Charlotte, NC (*new this year)
  •     Hialeah Gardens Senior High School, Academy of Engineering -- Miami, FL
  •     Hialeah Gardens Senior High School, Academy of Health Sciences -- Miami, FL
  •     Hialeah Gardens Senior High School, Academy of Information Technology -- Miami, FL
  •     Hialeah Gardens Senior High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- Miami, FL (*new this year)
  •     Hialeah Gardens Senior High School, Academy of Finance -- Miami, FL (*new this year)
  •     High School, Inc., Academy of Finance -- Hartford, CT
  •     Hopewell High School, Academy of Engineering -- Charlotte, NC (*new this year)
  •     Immokalee High School, Academy of Information Technology -- Immokalee, FL (*new this year)
  •     Independence High School, Academy of Engineering -- Charlotte, NC (*new this year)
  •     John A. Ferguson Senior High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- Miami, FL (*new this year)
  •     J.P. Taravella High School, Academy of Finance -- Coral Springs, FL
  •     Justin F. Kimball High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- Dallas, TX
  •     Justin F. Kimball High School, Academy of Engineering -- Dallas, TX
  •     Lancaster High School, Academy of Finance -- Lancaster, NY
  •     Lely High School, Academy of Information Technology -- Naples, FL (*new this year)
  •     Lely High School, Academy of Aviation – Naples, FL (*new this year)
  •     Mallard Creek High School, Academy of Engineering -- Charlotte, NC
  •     Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Academy of Finance -- Broward County, FL
  •     McKinley Technology High School, Academy of Information Technology -- Washington, DC (*new this year)
  •     McKinley Technology High School, Academy of Engineering -- Washington, DC (*new this year)
  •     Miami Beach Senior High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- Miami Beach, FL
  •     Miami Central Senior High School, Academy of Information Technology -- Miami, FL
  •     Miami Lakes Educational Center, Academy of Health Sciences -- Miami FL
  •     Miami Lakes Educational Center, Academy of Information Technology -- Miami, FL
  •     Naples High School, Academy of Engineering -- Naples, FL (*new this year)
  •     New Britain High School, Academy of Finance -- New Britain, CT
  •     Northeast High School, Academy of Finance -- St. Petersburg, FL
  •     Northport High School, Academy of Finance -- Northport, NY
  •     Olympic, Math, Engineering, Technology, and Science, Academy of Engineering -- Charlotte, NC
  •     Olympic, School of Executive Leadership & Entrepreneurial Development, Academy of Finance -- Charlotte, NC
  •     Olympic, Biotechnology, Heath and Public Administration, Academy of Health Sciences -- Charlotte, NC (*new this year)
  •     Pathways Academy of Technology & Design -- Hartford, CT
  •     Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Academy of Engineering -- Charlotte, NC (*new this year)
  •     Porterville High School, Academy of Finance -- Porterville, CA
  •     Porterville High School, Academy of Health Sciences -- Porterville CA
  •     Sanderson High School, Academy of Finance -- Raleigh, NC
  •     Scotlandville Magnet High School, Academy of Engineering -- Baton Rouge, LA
  •     Skyline High School & Career Development Center, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism – Dallas, TX (*new this year)
  •     Southern Lee High School, Academy of Engineering -- Sanford, NC (*new this year)
  •     Southern Lee High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- Sanford, NC (*new this year)
  •     Southwest Miami Senior High School, Academy of Finance -- Miami, FL
  •     Thomas Jefferson High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- Dallas, TX (*new this year)
  •     Thomas Jefferson High School, Academy of Finance – Dallas, TX (*new this year)
  •     Valley High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- Las Vegas, NV (*new this year)
  •     W.H. Adamson High School, Academy of Finance -- Dallas, TX (*new this year)
  •     William H. Turner Technical Arts High School, Academy of Information Technology -- Miami, FL (*new this year)
  •     Woodrow Wilson High School, Academy of Finance -- Dallas, TX
  •     Woodrow Wilson High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism -- Dallas, TX

About NAF:

NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready.

NAF works with high need communities to transform the high school experience through an educational design that includes industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals, culminating in a paid internship. NAF academies fit within and enhance school systems, allowing NAF to become an integral part of a plan for higher achievement at a low cost. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2017-18 school year, more than 100,000 students attended 644 NAF academies across 36 states, including DC and the US Virgin Islands. In 2017, NAF academies reported 97% of seniors graduated with 90% of graduates with post-secondary intentions. For more information, please visit: https://naf.org.

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