NAF College & Career Academies

DCPS NAF College & Career 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.

Nationally, NAF serves more than 110,000 students in 34 states, plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In 2019, NAF academies reported 99% of seniors graduated with 86% 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 College & Career Academies at specific schools, and click on the links below learn more information about the different NAF College & Career Academies in DCPS!

*New NAF College & Career Academies in school year 2020-2021