Twenty-three Dallas ISD academies earn prestigious NAF achievement designation

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At a time of great uncertainty and rapid changes in education, Dallas ISD is thrilled to share some good news and shine a spotlight on our NAF 2020 Distinguished Academies, which are doing an outstanding job of supporting student success.

Dallas ISD has grown from 14 Distinguished Academies to 23; this is the largest growth of Distinguished Academies over one year in the NAF network.

“We are excited to have these additional Distinguished NAF Academies identified in Dallas ISD,” said Richard Grimsley, director of career education and workforce partnerships. “Our CTE teachers and programs have worked diligently to improve academy and program quality.  The results show their hard work.  I am proud of their progress.”

To reach the Distinguished Level, academies must be operational for four years, participate in work-based learning experiences, build professional relationships and secure internships, undergo site visits, observations, review of student data and complete cross-curricular projects.

NAF’s annual assessment measures an academy’s strengths and challenges in implementing a results-driven educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. Site visits are conducted by a team of distinguished leaders and outside experts, while NAF staff verify academy scores.

Below is a list of Dallas ISD’s NAF Distinguished Academies:

1. Bryan Adams High School Leadership Academy, Academy of Health Sciences

2. Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Engineering

3. Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Finance

4. Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Health Sciences

5. Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

6. Emmett J. Conrad High School, Academy of Information Technology

7. H. Grady Spruce High School, Academy of Engineering

8. H. Grady Spruce High School, Academy of Finance

9. H. Grady Spruce High School, Academy of Information Technology

10. Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA), Academy of Finance

11. Justin F. Kimball High School, Academy of Engineering

12. Justin F. Kimball High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

13. North Dallas High School, Academy of Information Technology

14. Skyline High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

15. South Oak Cliff High School, Academy of Engineering

16. Sunset High School, Academy of Health Sciences

17. Thomas Jefferson High School, Academy of Engineering

18. Thomas Jefferson High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

19. W. H. Adamson High School, Academy of Finance

20. W.H. Adamson High School, Academy of Health Sciences – Dallas, TX

21. Wilmer-Hutchins High School, Academy of Information Technology

22. Woodrow Wilson High School, Academy of Finance

23. Woodrow Wilson High School, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

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