National Academy Foundation


The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed national network of high school career academies predominately based in urban districts. These schools within schools offer rigorous, career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise. Each year, NAF serves more than 50,000 students in over 500 academies in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom through the Academy of Finance, the Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, and the Academy of Information Technology.

NAF was founded by Sanford I. Weill, chairman emeritus of Citigroup Inc., as a partnership between business leaders and educators. Employees of more than 2,500 businesses support NAF students by securing paid internships, volunteering in classrooms, acting as mentors, and serving on local advisory boards.

NAF’s small school vision emphasizes academic excellence while preparing students to pursue professional careers in the corporate sector. This vision has evolved into a premier reform model for public education throughout the country, and has helped inspire the contemporary small school/small learning community movement.

For more information, please contact:
Dawn McCray
Deputy Chief of Workforce and School Support Services