Twenty-three Dallas ISD academies earn prestigious NAF achievement designation

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Special to The Dallas Examiner

 

At a time of great uncertainty and rapid changes in education, Dallas ISD expressed excitement as it shared new information about its NAF 2020 Distinguished Academies.

NAF is an educational non-profit organization that partners students with business and community leaders.

NAF Academies strive to transform the educational experience as well as their lives. With an average of 27% African American students, the foundation generally graduates 99% of its students and 86% planning to attend college.

Dallas ISD has grown from 14 Distinguished Academies to 23; this is the largest growth of Distinguished Academies over one year in the NAF network.

“We are excited to have these additional Distinguished NAF Academies identified in Dallas ISD,” said Richard Grimsley, director of career education and workforce partnerships. “Our CTE teachers and programs have worked diligently to improve academy and program quality.  The results show their hard work.  I am proud of their progress.”

To reach the Distinguished Level, academies must be operational for four years, participate in work-based learning experiences, build professional relationships and secure internships, undergo site visits, observations, review of student data and complete cross-curricular projects.

NAF’s annual assessment measures an academy’s strengths and challenges in implementing a results-driven educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. Site visits are conducted by a team of distinguished leaders and outside experts, while NAF staff verify academy scores.

 

Below is a list of Dallas ISD’s NAF Distinguished Academies:

  • Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy, Academy of Health Sciences
  • Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Engineering
  • Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Finance
  • Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Health Sciences
  • Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Information Technology
  • H. Grady Spruce High School, Academy of Engineering
  • H. Grady Spruce High School, Academy of Finance
  • H. Grady Spruce High School, Academy of Information Technology
  • Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Academy, Academy of Finance
  • Justin F. Kimball High School, Academy of Engineering
  • Justin F. Kimball High School, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
  • North Dallas High School, Academy of Information Technology
  • Skyline High School, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
  • South Oak Cliff High School, Academy of Engineering
  • Sunset High School, Academy of Health Sciences
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, Academy of Engineering
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
  • W. H. Adamson High School, Academy of Finance
  • W.H. Adamson High School, Academy of Health Sciences – Dallas
  • Wilmer-Hutchins High School, Academy of Information Technology
  • Woodrow Wilson High School, Academy of Finance
  • Woodrow Wilson High School, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

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