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Twenty-one Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) academies were among 88 across the nation identified by the National Academy Foundation (NAF) network as Distinguished on its annual assessment. This designation is NAF’s highest level of achievement. This number is the most for any district in the nation.

NAF identified an additional 100 academies as Model level, of which 10 are in M-DCPS, including first timers Barbara Goleman Senior High School’s Academy of Finance and Southwest Miami Senior High’s Academy of Information Technology. The NAF Distinguished and Model designations indicate that these academies deliver high quality educational experiences for high school students that prepare them for success in college and careers. Both Distinguished and Model academies will be recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, from July 8-10 in Detroit, Mich.

M-DCPS’ Distinguished NAF Academies for 2019 are as follows:

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School Hospitality & Tourism
Barbara Goleman Senior High School Information Technology
Coral Gables Senior High School Finance
Coral Reef High School Finance
G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School Information Technology
Hialeah Gardens High School Engineering 
Health Sciences 
Hospitality & Tourism 
Information Technology
John A. Ferguson Senior High School Hospitality & Tourism
Miami Beach Senior High School Hospitality & Tourism
Miami Central Senior High School Information Technology
Miami Edison Senior High School Finance
Miami Jackson Senior High School Finance
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College Health Sciences
Information Technology
Miami Springs Senior High School Hospitality & Tourism
Miami Sunset Senior High School Hospitality & Tourism
Southwest Miami Senior High School Finance
William H. Turner Technical Arts High School Information Technology
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NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders, who work together to ensure high school students are ready for college, career and their future. M-DCPS has exemplified significant strategic commitment to and investment in NAF academies and student enrollment goals, strong demonstration of the NAF model and outstanding leadership capacity within the network. For more information, please

M-DCPS’ Division of Academics, Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with high quality, relevant, career technical education, giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and careers and for life. For additional information, please contact CTE at 305-693-3030 or visit:



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