NAF academies operate primarily in urban public school districts, and also thrive in many suburban and rural areas. NAF academies can take the form of small learning communities within larger schools or as stand-alone public high schools. NAF currently has academies in 21 of the 25 largest school districts in the United States.
NAF academies are organized around one of five career themes – Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Health Sciences, or Engineering –viable industries with demonstrated growth and strong potential in the years ahead. In addition to core academic courses, students take industry-specific classes related to these themes and participate in work-based learning activities to put their lessons into action.