Eighty-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. And, two of those 89 academies are from the West Seneca Central School District!

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 reaches additional thresholds to earn Distinguished level – NAF’s highest level of achievement. Eighty-nine academies in the NAF network have reached Distinguished level, with 71 of these academies having reached this level more than once and 18 being new to the roster.

NAF President JD Hoye, said, “Congratulations to all of our 2019 distinguished and model academies who have worked tirelessly to remain committed to NAF’s educational design and ensure high-value college and career ready experiences for our high school students. We know that the work will not stop here and look forward to many more contributions to come.”

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.

The Distinguished and Model academies will be recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, from July 8-10 in Detroit, MI. West Seneca academies that made the Distinguished list this year for the very first time include: 

• West Seneca West Senior High School, Academy of Finance
• West Seneca West Senior High School, Academy of Information Technology

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 2018-19 school year, over 100,000 students attended 617 NAF academies across 35 states, including DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2018, NAF academies reported 99% of seniors graduated with 87% of graduates planning to go to college. For more information, please visit: http://naf.org/.