Engineering Academy at Scotlandville Magnet High Earns National “Distinguished” Recognition

May. 4 2016

The Scotlandville Magnet High Engineering Academy is among 32 career academies recently awarded NAF’s distinguished status recognition, and has received distinguished status for the second year in a row.

This designation is given to a select few who have exhibited fidelity to an educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers.

Distinguished status is determined by an academy’s score on NAF’s annual assessment, which measures strengths and challenges in implementing NAF’s results driven educational design. The assessment is designed to help all academies assess their progress and move up on the continuum of NAF’s standards.

“The proof is in the data. NAF students outperform and are better prepared for the future than their non-NAF peers. Being part of the NAF network allows students access to life-changing opportunities that help define their future career paths and provide endless sources of support every step of the way – it’s what sets NAF apart and enables us to serve tens of thousands of high school students each year,” explains Katherine Blasik, Assistant Vice President, Research & Evaluation at NAF.

The distinguished academies will be recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, in Orlando, FL this July.

Founded in 1983 by a coalition of local business leaders and educators the Scotlandville High School for Engineering Professions is one of only three Academies of Engineering in the state. The programs focuses on preparing students in grades 9-12 for futures in education, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There are currently 357 students enrolled in the program including 74 graduating seniors.

Scotlandville High Academy of Engineering Program is part of NAF, a is a national network that brings together the business and education communities to provide high school students access to opportunities that will help make them college, career, and future ready. 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 2015-16 school year nearly 89,000 students attended 716 NAF academies across 36 states, including D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2015, NAF academies reported 98% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates with post-secondary intentions. For more information, please visit: http://naf.org/

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