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NAF Academy of Finance at JP Taravella High School Earns National “Distinguished” Recognition

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July 14, 2017

NAF Academy of Finance at JP Taravella High School
Earns National “Distinguished” Recognition

July 12, Dallas – The Academy of Finance at JP Taravella High School is among 40 career academies recently awarded NAF’s distinguished level recognition, and has received distinguished level four years in a row. 

This designation is given to a select few who have reached Model level on NAF’s annual assessment, exhibiting strong fidelity to an educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. Model level is determined by an academy’s score on the assessment, which measures strengths and challenges in implementing NAF’s results driven educational design, followed by an onsite visit to the academy. The visit is conducted by a team of distinguished leaders, outside experts, and NAF staff to verify that the academy is meeting fidelity to an educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. A subset of these high performing academies meet additional thresholds to reach Distinguished level – NAF’s highest level of achievement. 

The assessment is designed to help all academies assess their progress and move up on the continuum of NAF’s standards.

“It is an honor and a privilege each year to recognize those academies that have exhibited exceptional fidelity to an educational design that prepares students for college and career success. We also are proud to spotlight our model academies who have upheld NAF’s commitment to quality and have adhered to the higher levels of assessment to reach their status. Congratulations on a job well done and we look forward to many more years of service and success,” said Katherine Blasik, Vice President, Research and Evaluation, at NAF.

The Distinguished and Model Academies were recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, in Dallas TX this week.

“This recognition is a testament to all those who help make our academy a success,” said Laurie Acosta, Taravella’s NAF Academy of Finance Lead Teacher. “Without our students, teachers, administrators, business and community partners, we couldn’t achieve this level of success.”

JP Taravella Academy of Finance is part of NAF, a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready.

About NAF:
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 2016-17 school year more than 96,000 students attended 675 NAF academies across 36 states, including D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2016, NAF academies reported 96% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates with post-secondary intentions. For more information, please visit: http://naf.org/