National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a national education non-profit that brings schools and businesses together to better prepare students of all backgrounds. Since 1980, NAF has led a movement for immersive, career-focused teaching and work-based learning. With the support of NAF community-based advisory boards, schools connect with the workforce to fuel shared progress—from creating culturally responsive curriculum and paid internship opportunities, to fostering innovation and building future-ready businesses. NAF helps students explore career options, create a plan for the future, and take part in hands-on, work-based learning unlike anything traditional public education systems can offer. NAF puts students on a path to achieving their full potential.
In Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, we have thirteen NAF academies at nine comprehensive high schools across the district.
NAF academy themes present in CMS includes Hospitality & Tourism, Engineering, Finance, Information Technology and Health Science.
NAF and CMS will be hosting a virtual NAF/CMS Student Leadership Mini-Summit on October 25, 2023.