NYC Academies

As a member program of the New York City Department of Education, this education reform program focuses on the career academy theme model. Through National Academy Foundation (NAF) schools are given access to curriculum. Academy schools focus on preparing students for post-secondary education while providing them with the skills and experience necessary to attain entry-level jobs. Students in career academies typically take both career-themed and academic classes together. These courses are linked to academic and industry standards and encourage high achievement.

What distinguishes a NAF Academy is the use of a model that is built around these four elements:

  • Academy Development and Structure: The NAF academy structure promotes admission that is open to all students; is designed with small classes; and allows for teacher collaboration across subject areas.
  • Advisory Board: Teachers and academy directors rely on advisory boards, made up of local business, higher education, and community leaders, to provide current industry context and to secure funding, volunteers, and internships.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: NAF curricula are created in partnership with industry professionals and 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 options.
  • Work-based Learning, including Internships: Academy students participate in a series of work-based learning activities, culminating in compensated internships, designed to provide context and career exposure and build their professional experience and networks. 
NAF has refined a proven educational model which includes industry-focused curriculawork-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise from five themes: Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences.  Business professionals volunteer as mentors to engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards.

All activities are facilitated by the NYC Academies Director, along with Program, and Industry Coordinators.

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Attention Seniors! Congratulations! Let us know your plans take the NYC NAF Graduate student Survey.

! Toastmasters Graduates !
International Youth Leadership Toastmasters program is spear-headed by trained Toastmaster coaches who volunteer their time, effort and knowledge to develop NAF high school student skill around public speaking. NAF students voluntarily commit in participate in a once a week, 8 week series of Toastmasters workshops. The program led NAF students to deliver speeches with confidence, like professionals and gain leadership skills to advance in their career via the structured workshops with fun themes. On May 9th students presented their public speaking skills via a fun themed ceremony and received a certificate of completion.

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Juniper-Verizon “soft skills” mentoring session for the NAF/Manhattan Bridges HS students is featured in NJ Tech Weekly.  click here for article


NAF Academies Connects Across the Miles

On March 25 – 29, 2015, Seattle NAF Academies visited several NAF Academies in New York City. We were able to open our doors to share best practices and experiences that shape student outcomes in finance and hospitality & tourism.  Academy of Finance & Enterprise (AOF), High School of Economics and Finance (AOF) and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School (AoHT) deserves a special thank you for being such gracious hosts.  Picture:  Seattle Students; Seattle Academy Director and Leticia Milan, Assistant Principal & NYC NAF Coordinator JKO High School.

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On April 16, 2015, Susan E. Wagner High School students lead by Mrs. Jennifer Brogan, NAF Coordinatortook home first place. 

Pictured and presenting team:  Joselyn Matamoros (2015), Jailene Villarroel (2015), Antonio Zakhary (2015) and Dren Jakupi (2017). Other members of the team who did not present and are not pictured: Shearjashub Batista (2018), Sarah Sakariassen (2017), Daniel Brar (2017) and Enrique Escobar (2017)

Celebrating 20 years student competition and leadership, the High School Fed Challenge is a competition designed to bring real-world economics into the classroom. Teams play the role of monetary policymakers by analyzing economic conditions and recommending a course for monetary policy.

Congratulations to Susan E. Wagner Fed Challenge Team for winning the Maiden Lane Division.  More than 60 teams competed in the preliminary rounds of the 2015 High School Fed Challenge. Eighteen teams advanced to the semi-finals and finals



NYC Service Mentoring Coaching & Volunteering

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This year’s YPLAN involved 5 NYC public high schools who took on and partnered with the Department of Transportation and New York City Housing Authority to address the issue that pertained to Tenant rights and traffic and pedestrian safety of vision zero. Throughout the school year students met during class or after school to find their strengths, identified the challenges and created a road map. As the students made sense of the city via consultations, research and analysis of critical community issues they gathered inspiration to create a vision and a plan for change. After a few months the students then prepared to publicly address their undertaking with a presentation to civic leaders and community partners.

In Association with: DOT, NYCHA, LISC NYC, NYC DOE Superintendents, NYC DOE Principals, Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn Boro Presidents Offices, Bronx & Brooklyn Chambers, Transportation Alternatives, P.A.L.A.N.T.E Harlem, Vision Zero, Violence Intervention Program, Cypress Hills Economic Development Corporation

YPLAN 2014-15 NYC Academic fit: Career Readiness, Public Speaking, Design Engineering, Technology, Digital Applications, Philosophy, and English Language Arts

Academy of Language and Technology: 12th Grade Bronx, New York
Project Scope: Students surveyed awareness of Domestic Violence issues for their residents and ask to solidify a relationship with NYC officials to focus on reducing Domestic Violence issues.
Client/Partner: NYCHA and Violence Intervention Program

City Poly Technic High school: 11th Grade Brooklyn, New York
Project Scope: 35 Students collaborated with department of Transportation to offer recommendations to recreating existing intersections as safer streets in their Brooklyn community.
Client: Department of Transportation

Manhattan Bridges High School:
10th Grade New York, NY
Project Scope: 35 Technology students surveyed their community to garner the existing knowledge surrounding tenant rights and the resources that are available to them. Students recommended ways to increase knowledge of tenant rights and resources for these issues.
Client: P.A.L.A.N.T.E Harlem 

Grover Cleveland High School: 12th Grade Queens, New York
Project Scope: NY 1.com Creating apps that will transform the streets of New York City into safer networks by reducing traffic and pedestrian fatalities to zero?
Client/Partner: NYC Department of Transportation and Transportation Alternatives

Academy of Innovative technology: 9th and Literature and 12th grade Engineering Brooklyn, New York
Students: 25-35 9th, 12th and 12th Grade Mentors
Project Scope: Students recommended that a standard restorative justice program be implemented to develop a synergetic city wide program to address the root causes of student suspensions.
Client: Cypress Hill Local Development Corporation, Future of Tomorrow and NYC DOE discipline records.

Marjorie Marciano DOT Vision Zero Safety Education Director and Key note address and response: NYU Professor Pedro Noguera; It is important for us to ask why?


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