NAF Academies

NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. 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 1982, NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences.
To learn more, click the link below or visit naf.org.



Scotlandville Magnet High School has three NAF academies preparing students for their futures. Our NAF Academy themes include: Academy of Finance, Academy of Information Technology and Academy of Health Sciences.

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Paul Jackson

NAF Coordinator

Academy of Health Science (AOHS)
The Academy of Health Sciences (AOHS) address the critical achievement gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields and develops a pipeline of students prepared to pursue health-related degrees and professions in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy: health sciences specialties such as biotechnology, genetics, nursing, therapeutics, and diagnostics just to name a few. 

Academy of Information Technology
The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) is a small learning environment that 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.

Academy of Finance (AOF)
The Academy of Finance (AOF) is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed for students in grades 10-12 to explore the world of business. Students receive a theme-based curriculum along with a work-based learning curriculum. The program is designed to connect students with the world of financial services, business related careers, and prepare them for two and four year college degree programs.

PAC Advisory Board

The Professional Academy Consortium (PAC) serves as the support function to Scotlandville Magnet High School Academy of Finance, Academy of Information Technology & Academy of Health Sciences. PAC is comprised of representatives from local businesses & industries, local & state government entities, post secondary  institutions, community leaders, EBRPS district, teachers, parents and students. The primary role of the Board is to provide industry-based guidance to our Academies' mission & vision. The Board is a resource for mentors, internships, experiential learning, curriculum advice, as well as current industry needs.

What does the PAC Advisory Board do?

The Advisory Board promotes partnerships between businesses and SMHS NAF Academy, and works with the Academy Lead/School-Site NAF Coordinator in providing the following essential functions:

  1. Provides industry expertise to support Academy curriculum.

  2. Assists in student recruitment.

  3. Provides paid internships for Academy students.

  4. Encourages other community businesses to establish paid internships for students.

  5. Provides access to industry training classes for teachers.

  6. Provides mentoring and shadowing opportunities for students and teachers.

  7. Assists in budget development for Academy activities.

  8. Assists in fundraising to support Academy activities.

  9. Assists in promotional activities for the Academy.

  10. Assists in expansion of Academy programs.

  11. Provides scholarships for Academy students.

  12. Serves as an advocate for the Academy to educational, political, and business communities....and so much more!

Get Involved
Please join us by getting involved with SMHS NAF Academies. Many opportunities exist for you to share your time, expertise, and personal support with NAF Academy teachers and students.

Ways to volunteer:

  • Host paid, professional internships for NAF Academy students within your company or department

  • Host an industry field trip at your company or at a colleague’s company and give Academy students an inside tour

  • Sponsor a fundraising event of any scale to raise scholarship funds for exceptional NAF Academy students for whom the cost of college is prohibitive

  • Develop mentoring and job shadowing experiences for students within your company or department;

  • Join a NAF Academy instructor in designing an in-class presentation or workshop devoted to sharing the skills and expertise you have gained in a specific industry

  • Provide one-to-one career, academic, and personal guidance through regular contact with a NAF Academy student

  • Raise awareness of and support for SMHS NAF Academy in your community

  • Provide In Kind Donations: Donations can be in the form of money, equipment, and services. Donations may be used for: social events, new technology purchases, awards for competitions, scholarships, etc.

Interested in getting involved with our Academy programs? Please complete the business interest survey or contact our NAF Coordinator to discuss the endless possibilities!