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Scotlandville Magnet High School

SMHS Academy of Information Technology promotes academic excellence, gives students real-world experiences in technological environment, and provides personalized connections with local businesses

What is the Academy of Information Technology?

The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) is a small learning environment, introduces students to the broad career opportunities in today’s digital workforce and equips them with the personal, analytical, technical and communication skills needed for these careers. AOIT opens the door to new options, so that students may make sound choices for the future. Click on the AOIT pdf file for more details.

Benefits to Students

Unique Opportunities

  • Rigor with Real World Experience

  • College Credit Courses

  • Career Planning

  • Job Shadowing

  • Paid Internships

  • Networking with Professionals

  • Certificate with NAF

  • NAFTrack Hiring Certified

  • Preparation for College and Work

  • Industry Relevant Courses

  • Hands-on Projects that Matter

  • Summer and School Year Internships

  • Practical Experiences in Business

  • PAC Advisory Board Support

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Work-based Learning (WBL) is essential in preparing all students for success in college and careers. It is a core component to link academic learning in school to students’ goals. The primary purposes of work-based learning are to expose students to future options and provide opportunities for skill development. 

WBL Activities:

  • Classroom Guest Speakers

  • College & Career Fairs

  • Job Shadowing

  • Career-themed field trips

  • Resume building workshops

  • Dress for Success workshops

  • Mock Interviews

  • Industry-themed Projects

  • Paid Internships


The curriculum engages students through a series of career exploration courses. All courses use project-based learning techniques with an emphasis on strengthening literacy, project management, leadership, and team building skills while fostering creativity and innovation. The curriculum is vetted by industry professionals to ensure that the content is current and relevant. Students who successfully complete four NAF approved coursework are eligible for NAFTrack Certification. See AOIT Program of Study word document for details.

AOIT Internship Requirement

As part of NAF requirements, SMHS Academy of Information Technology students must complete an internship as part of a 3-year career and college readiness program.  This internship experience for our AOIT students will ensure that SMHS students are prepared to demonstrate these skills and attributes necessary to be successful in today’s competitive workplace.  As a NAF program, the internships must be compensated.  An internship experience must be at least 120 hours and can happen either over the summer or during the school year working out a schedule that works for both the student and the employer.  AOIT students will complete their internship sometime between Junior and Senior year, students must be at least 16 years of age. 

Benefits to Students

  • Apply academic and technical classroom learning

  • Develop workplace competencies

  • Reinforce connection between education and work

  • Explore possible careers

  • Practice positive work habits and attitudes and understand the expectations of the workplace

  • Provide motivation to earn a diploma, and pursue post-secondary education

  • Establish professional contacts for employment, mentoring and networking

Benefits to Employers

  • Build skilled and motivated potential employees

  • Improve employee retention and morale

  • Reduce training/recruiting costs for new employees

  • Partner with schools to prepare students for futures

  • Provide developmental opportunities for current workforce

  • Establish meaningful relationships with young people

  • Enhance capacity to manage a diverse workforce

NAFTrack Certification....What's it all about?

NAFTrack Certification is achieved through an online system designed to assess college and career readiness skills. Student performance is measured not only through end-of-course exams, but also through culminating projects and internships. Upon successful completion of NAFTrack Certification, students are eligible for NAFTrack Certified Hiring! To learn more and the benefits it offers, click on the pdf file.

Join the Academy of Information Technology

If you have an interest in Computer Programming/Networking, Software Development, Information Security, Graphic Design, Web Design or any STEM related fields, the AOIT program is for you! Applications are currently being accepted for rising 9th graders and current SMHS 9th graders. To apply, complete the application by clicking the link: Academy Application

Contact Us:

NAF School-Site Coordinator


Academy Lead