NAF Academies at Carver and East Forsyth Receive Highest Ratings
By Vicky Wheeler
School-to-Career Coordinator/Academy Director
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
APRIL 10, 2019 – Carver High School Academy of Hospitality/Tourism and East Forsyth High School Academy of Finance are among 88 career academies – out of 617 across the country – that have been awarded NAF’s highest level of recognition - Distinguished.
Carver High School Academy of Hospitality/Tourism is being recognized as Distinguished this school year. The East Forsyth Academy of Finance was recognized as Distinguished during the 2017-18 school year.
NAF (formerly the National Academy Foundation) is a national organization that supports high school academies designed “to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready.”
This designation is given to a select few that have reached Model level on NAF’s annual assessment, exhibiting strong fidelity to an educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. Model level is determined by an academy’s score on the assessment, which measures strengths and challenges in implementing NAF’s results driven educational design, followed by an onsite visit to the academy.
The virtual visit was conducted in February by a team of distinguished leaders, outside experts, and NAF staff to verify that the academy is meeting fidelity to an educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. A subset of these high performing academies meet additional thresholds to reach Distinguished level – NAF’s highest level of achievement.
The assessment is designed to help all academies assess their progress and move up on the continuum of NAF’s standards.
NAF President, J.D. 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.”
The distinguished academies will be recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, held in Detroit this July.
“This recognition is a testament to all those who help make our academies a success from the high school academy coordinators, the students, our district Executive Directors for CTE to our district career academy advisory board,” said Vicky Wheeler, WS/FCS Academy Director.
“It’s a team effort to achieve this level of success.”
Other WS/FCS NAF academies have earned the Certified level, which is appropriate for the life of the academy. These academies include Carver High School Academy of Information Technology, Mount Tabor High School Academy of Hospitality/Tourism, North Forsyth High School Academy of Health Sciences, and West Forsyth High School Academy of Finance.
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, more than 100,000 students attended 617 NAF academies in 35 states, as well as Washington, D.C. 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 NAF.