The New Britain High School Academies are part of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. NAF academies offer high school students a unique opportunity to explore potential careers. Students get to meet business professionals and participate in activities that reflect the business world and enhance the academy’s traditional and career-focused curriculum. Through this experience, NAF academy graduates are better prepared for college, career, and future success.
The National Academy Foundation 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. This is done through smaller focused learning communities via specific career themes.
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.
Academy Development & Structure
NAF academies are structured as small, focused learning communities that fit within and enhance high school systems, allowing NAF to become an integral part of a plan for higher achievement.
Curriculum & Instruction
NAF provides rigorous, career-focused curricula that incorporate current industry standards and practices, project-based learning, and performance-based assessment. NAF empowers teachers to expand the classroom boundaries by exposing students to real-world issues in career-focused industries.
NAF’s approach to work-based learning is centered on a continuum of work-based learning experiences beginning with career awareness activities, progressing to career exploration activities, and culminating in career preparation activities, including internships and mock interviews.
NAF advisory boards provide an essential bridge between schools and the workplace. Businesspeople and community leaders volunteer on local advisory boards to play an active role in developing their future workforce by shaping talent in high school.
The NBHS Academies consist of four academies that focus on specific professional industries:
- The Academy of Business & Finance
- The Academy of Health & Sciences
- The Academy of Public Service
- The Academy of Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology
Within each academy, there are specific pathways towards particular careers and focuses. Requirements for completing each pathway include:
Four (4) elective courses specific to each academy.
Participation in the annual "Mock Interviews" - which introduce junior and seniors to professional interview practice.
Completion of 120 hours in an approved internship.