What is NAF

NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. NAF’s educational design ignites students’ passion for learning and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America’s future workforce by transforming the learning environment to include STEM infused industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships. Since 1982, NAF has been partnering with existing high schools to enhance school systems at a low cost by implementing NAF academies.


NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2015-16 school year nearly 89,000 students attended 716 NAF academies across 36 states, including DC and the US Virgin Islands. In 2015, NAF academies reported 98% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates planning to go to college. Go to http://naf.org for more information.

Mission & Vision

NAF solves some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy by bringing education, business, and community leaders together to transform the high school experience.

NAF envisions a world in which all young people have equal opportunity for successful futures.

NAF in Western New York

Western NY has 14 NAF academies in 13 high schools preparing students for their futures. Our NAF academy themes include:  Academies of Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, and Health Sciences.  To locate WNY Academies please go to http://naf.org/map.