About Our NAF Academy
STEAM High School has four STEAM Pathways and NAF Academies are associatated with each one, preparing our students for their futures. Our STEAM High pathways and NAF Academy themes include: engineering, business/finance, biomedical science, and computer science (informational technology). Course information can be found here.
Curriculum and Instruction
NAF curricula is created in partnership with industry professionals and is designed around projects that help students make connections across subject areas, acquire valuable workplace skills, and see their education as a step toward long- term career success. At STEAM High, our Engineering, Computer Science and Biomedical Science pathways all follow the Project Lead the Way Curriculum. The Business/Finance pathway courses are Ferguson-Florissant School District curriculum which has been aligned with the NAF curriculum. For detailed course descriptions review the College and Career Planning Guide.
NAF academy students participate in a sequence of workbased learning activities which prepares them to make informed college and career choices and allows them to acquire necessary college- and career-readiness skills. The first phase of work-based learning, career awareness, includes activities such as guest speakers, worksite tours, and career fairs. Students dive deeper through work-based learning’s next phase: career exploration. During this phase students participate in job shadows, mock interviews, and informational interviews. Students are then ready to start an internship during the third and final phase – career preparation.
Through local advisory boards, NAF enables businesspeople and community leaders to play an active role in developing their future workforce by shaping talent in high school. Our advisory board is comprised of leaders in Engineering, Computer Science, Biomedical Science, Business/Finance and from communities within the Ferguson-Florissant School District. They meet regularly to provide guidance on industry-relevant curriculum and organize work-based learning activities.