Miami-Dade County Public Schools NAF Academies
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M-DCPS offers 56 NAF programs in the five career themes of Engineering, Finance, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, and Information Technology at 28 high schools; and are aligned with the One Community One Goal initiative targeting major industries that impact Miami’s economy.
The Academy of Finance prepares students for post-secondary education in finance-related majors as well as other courses of study that demand a strong academic foundation in math, social studies, and writing.
Curriculum for the Academy of Finance contains essential content based on expertise from financial industry leaders and education experts. Courses include:
- Finance and Business Technology
- Accounting Applications
- Financial Operations
- Personal Financial Planning
- Financial Internship
Along with their required courses, Academy of Finance students take dual enrollment courses while still in high school. For internships, students work at banks, brokerage houses, insurance companies, accounting firms, government agencies, as well as the finance departments in a variety of corporations and industries.
The Academy of Health Sciences addresses the critical achievement gap in STEM fields and develops a pipeline of students prepared to pursue health-related degrees and professions in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, including biotechnology, genetics, nursing, therapeutics, and diagnostics. The Academy of Health Sciences is a curriculum partner with Project Lead the Way Inc. (PLTW), an organization providing curriculum support for STEM education. HOSA- Future Health Professionals provides opportunities to AOHS students to build college and career-readiness skills. Courses include:
- Health Careers Exploration
- Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology I & II
- Years 3 and 4: Specialized Courses
- Year 4: Certification Course(s)
During Grades 11 and 12, AOHS students will be able to access specialized courses in several ways: five semester-long specialty courses representing the therapeutic, diagnostic, biotechnology research and development, and health informatics practice areas; dual enrollment ....
AOHS students intern, and also complete clinicals at health management institutions, such as hospitals,...
The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism prepares students for post-secondary education in hospitality and tourism-related majors as well as other courses of study that demand a strong academic foundation in social studies, business, and language arts. Curriculum for the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism contains essential content based on expertise from leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry. Courses include:
- Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism
- Destinations Geography
- Computer Technology for Travel and Tourism
- Travel and Tourism Marketing and Management
- Travel and Tourism Internship
Along with their required courses, AOHT students can take dual enrollment courses while still in high school. Every student is encouraged to take at least two years of foreign language. AOHT students work as interns at hotels, museums, travel centers, tourism bureaus, sports facilities and other hospitality and tourism-related settings.
The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) prepares students for the ever-expanding digital workplace and to the career opportunities offered in programming, database administration, web administration and other fields of study that require a strong foundation in mathematics, science, language arts and social studies. Curriculum for the Academy of Information Technology contains essential content based on expertise from leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry. Courses include:
- Introduction to Information Technology
- IT Programming/Database
- IT Technical Support/Networking
- IT Web/Digital Media
- Information Technology Internship
Along with their required courses, AOIT students can take dual enrollment courses while still in high school. Every student is encouraged take at least two years of foreign language. AOIT students work as interns at firms specializing in IT as well as in IT departments in various corporations and industries.
The Academy of Engineering (AOE) answers an acute global-wide need for well-trained engineers by educating high school students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and preparing them for postsecondary engineering colleges and careers. The AOE uses world-class engineering curriculum developed by Project Lead The Way, Inc. Its essential content is based on expertise from engineering and manufacturing industry leaders and education experts. Courses include:
- Introduction to Engineering Design
- Principles of Engineering
- Digital Electronics
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing
- Civil Engineering and Architecture
- Biotechnical engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Engineering Design and Developments
- Engineering Internship
Along with their required courses, AOE students take appropriate corresponding mathematics and science courses. AOE students work as interns at architectural firms, the aerospace and defense industries, telecommunications, as well as the engineering departments in a variety of corporations and industries.
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Miami-Dade NAF Academies Win Big in Washington, DC
The Academy of Finance at Southwest Miami Senior High School (SHS) was awarded the prestigious Sanford I. Weill Academy of Excellence Award Read More
NAF is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences.
Nearly 5,000 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards. In 2013, NAF academies reported 96 percent of seniors graduated. For more information, go to naf.org