About NAF

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.






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SMHS NAF Academies

Scotlandville Maget 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. Visit our Academy pages to learn more.

NAF's Educational Design

The NAF educational design is made up of four essential elements of practice: academy development & structure, curriculum & instruction, advisory board, and work-based learning.

Academy Development & Structure: NAF’s academy configuration is flexible and enables an academy to fit within any traditional high school to increase student achievement and graduation rates. NAF promotes an open, choice-based enrollment policy to ensure that all students are eligible to enroll, and the academy’s demographics should reflect the overall school or district.

Curriculum & Instruction: The NAF curricula is created in partnership with industry professionals is designed around projects that help students make connections across subject areas, acquire valuable workplace skills, and see their education as a step toward long- term career success.

Work-Based Learning: NAF academy students participate in a series of work-based learning activities which prepares them to make informed college and career choices and allows them to acquire necessary future ready skills.

Advisory Board: Through local advisory boards, NAF enables business people and community leaders to play an active role in developing their future workforce by shaping talent in high school. Our advisory board is comprised of leaders in Greater Baton Rouge businesses and the community. They meet regularly to provide guidance on industry-relevant curriculum and organize work-based learning activities. To learn more visit our advisory board page here.

How to Join

SMHS NAF Academies are open to all rising 9th graders and current 9th graders who has an interest in either one of the three career themes we offer. To start investing in your future, complete the online application link below:

Academy Interest Application

For additional questions on how to join or the application process, contact School-Site NAF Coordinator, A. Gilmore ( or Academy Lead, P. Jackson (

Academy News & Events

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