(3/31/20, New York, NY) – Warren Easton High School Academy Of Hospitality & Tourism in Orleans Parish School District are among over 134 career academies recently awarded NAF’s distinguished level recognition. This includes academies that have reached this level more than once and new academies joining the ranks for the first time. Warren Easton High school is the 1st and only Distinguished Academy in the State of Louisiana!

This designation is given to a select few who have reached Model level on NAF’s annual assessment, exhibiting strong fidelity to an educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. Model level is determined by an academy’s score on the assessment, which measures strengths and challenges in implementing NAF’s results driven educational design, followed by an onsite visit to the academy. The visit is conducted by a team of distinguished leaders, outside experts, and NAF staff to verify that the academy is meeting fidelity to an educational design that prepares students for success in college and careers. A subset of these high performing academies meet additional thresholds to reach Distinguished level – NAF’s highest level of achievement.

The assessment is designed to help all academies assess their progress and move up on the continuum of NAF’s standards.

NAF President, JD Hoye, said, “Congratulations to all of our 2019 distinguished and model academies who have worked tirelessly to remain committed to NAF’s educational design and ensure high-value college and career ready experiences for our high school students. We know that the work will not stop here and look forward to many more contributions to come.”

The distinguished academies will be recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s annual professional development conference, in Detroit, MI this July.

“This recognition is a testament to all those who help make our academy a success,” said Jeremy Ledlow, Academy Director. “Without our students, teachers, business and community partners, we couldn’t achieve this level of success.”

Warren Easton High School Academy Of Academy of Hospitality Tourism is part of NAF, a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready.