Pathways Academy of Technology & Design
Earns National "Distinguished" Recognition for 7th Year in a Row
Pathways Academy of Technology & Design is among 88 career academies recently awarded NAF's distinguished level recognition.
Eighty-eight academies in the NAF network have reached Distinguished level and in total, more than 100 have reached Model level on NAF's annual assessment, delivering high-quality educational experiences for high school students across the nation. NAF's annual assessment measures an academy's strengths and challenges in implementing NAF's results-driven educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. Site visits conducted by a team of distinguished leaders, outside experts, and NAF staff verify academy scores.
A subset of these high performing academies reaches additional thresholds to earn Distinguished level – NAF's highest level of achievement. Eighty-eight academies in the NAF network have reached Distinguished level, with 71 of these academies having reached this level more than once and 17 being new to the roster.
NAF President, JD 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."
NAF's annual assessment helps academies assess their progress and increase their alignment to NAF's standards, reflecting national standards developed by researchers and members from similar career and pathway organizations.
The Distinguished and Model academies will be recognized at NAF Next, NAF's annual professional development conference, from July 8-10 in Detroit, MI.
Read the official press release.
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 2016-17 school year more than 96,000 students attended 675 NAF academies across 36 states, including D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2016, NAF academies reported 96% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates with post-secondary intentions. For more information, please visit: http://naf.org/