NAF Academies

DCPS NAF Academies are rigorous, dynamic, industry-aligned college and career readiness programs that ensure students are prepared for in-demand, high-growth careers and postsecondary pathways. DCPS NAF Academy students outpace non-Academy students when comparing in-seat attendance, on-track for graduation, graduation rates, and post-secondary planning outcomes. Academies are led by a Director and skilled CTE Teachers, who collaborate in providing wrap-around supports for students in the programs.

Our national partner NAF serves more than 112,000 students in 35 states and territories. In 2022, NAF academies reported 99% of seniors graduated with 88% of graduates planning to go to college. The NAF Academy educational design includes four elements: Academy Development & Structure, Curriculum & Instruction, Industry Advisory Boards, and Work-Based Learning.

Scholars who join an academy benefit from many work-based learning experiences such as:

  • Paid summer internships
  • 1:1 academic support and interventions
  • Career exploration site visits to key businesses and industry
  • Guest speakers from industry
  • Job shadowing
  • Mentoring opportunities

Explore the map to discover NAF Academies at specific schools, and click on the links below learn more information about Academies in DCPS!

For more information on the NAF Academies at DCPS, contact the Manager of Career Academies, Iris Wilson.

*New NAF Academies in school year 2023-24