What is the National Academy Foundation?
National Academy Foundation's (NAF's) educational design ignites students’ passion for learning and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America’s future workforce by transforming the learning environment to include STEM infused industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships.
Since 1980, NAF has been partnering with high-need communities to improve outcomes for students by implementing NAF academies – small learning communities within existing high schools.
NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2019-2020 school year, over 110,000 students attended 620 NAF academies across 34 states, plus 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.
NAF envisions a world in which all young people have equal opportunity for successful futures. NAF's mission is to solve some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy by bringing education, business, and community leaders together to transform the high school experience.
IDEA houses two NAF Academies: Academy of Finance & Academy of Information Technology.
The Academy of Finance curriculum covers banking and credit, financial planning, global finance, securities, insurance, accounting, and economics. The Academy of Finance curriculum and certification is validated by the Council for Economic Education. Click here for more information.
The Academy of Information Technology curriculum covers computer networking, systems, database design, digital video production, graphic design, web design, and programming. In addition, Juniper Networks has agreed upon a program of study, linked to NAF assessments, that will qualify students for its professional training program and earn a Juniper certificate. Academies may also use computer science curriculum from Project Lead the Way, Inc. (PLTW) and select courses from Cisco. Click here for more information.
IDEA students graduate as NAFTrack graduates.A growing number of America’s top companies have committed to NAFTrack Certified Hiring, an opportunity to invest in their workforce by providing career development opportunities to NAF academy alumni.
Together, NAF and its corporate partners crafted the pioneering NAFTrack Certification to demonstrate that students have completed all NAF’s requirements and are ready for college and career. This rigorous and comprehensive assessment system evaluates students on academic proficiency, project execution, and internship performance.
Upon graduation, NAFTrack partners offer career development opportunities to NAF alumni as a way to strengthen their future workforce and support academy graduates. With millions of unfilled jobs in the US – particularly in STEM fields – this partnership between education and business is key to closing the skills gap and improving how we prepare and train Americans for work.
- Paid high school and college internship opportunities
- Access to NAF’s Career Insider, a twice a month email that shares exciting opportunities from NAFTrack partners as well as other leading companies nationwide
- Insider connections to corporate recruiters to answer personal questions about job and internship opportunities
- Invitations to apply for exclusive programs for young talent at our corporate partners
- Free coaching to improve a resume or cover letter for a job application
- Local events in major NAF cities to celebrate Alumni month and build networking connections across NAF alumni
- Support to ensure more NAFTrack certified graduates attend the post-secondary institutions where NAFTrack partners recruit.
NAFTrack Network Corporate Partners