James Madison Academic Campus is an MPS high school on the Northwest Side of Milwaukee. It is a United Way Community School that operates two NAF Academies: Finance and Health Science.
NAF is an educational non-profit organization formerly known as the National Academy Foundation. NAF academies operate primarily in urban public school districts, and has been partnering with existing high schools in high-need communities to enhance school systems at a low cost. 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.
Many of the students in high-needs, urban settings need the added incentive to concentrate on education, and a reason to attend school in the first place, JMAC students are not different to this rule. Principal Ogunbowale believes that if students have something to shoot for at the end of their education, our students will have that incentive and reason to come to school regularly, act accordingly and achieve at a higher rate.
To give JMAC students the opportunity to turn lessons into action, the JMAC Advisory Board and teachers have carefully designed opportunities for JMAC students to interact throughout the semester with the professional worlds of Health Sciences and Finance. These desired interactions include classroom speaker visits, field trips and experiences, job shadowing, internships, and opportunities for professionals to mentor student and assist with work-based learning projects.
The JMAC Advisory Board created a semester calendar that includes each health science and finance teacher’s curriculum and desired speaker dates for various curriculum-related topics. Additionally, the calendar will include other opportunities for partnering organizations to offer job shadowing, field trips and support for work-based learning semester long projects.
- More information about NAF can be found here: https://naf.org/about
- The JMAC NAF calendar can be found here: https://localendar.com/public/James_Madison_NAF
- The curriculum and project descriptions can be found here: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/madison/naf-academy/
If you are interested in volunteering by being a speaker, mentoring, helping with projects or hosting a field experience contact our NAF Team directly through Ms. Griffin.
What an exciting and rewarding possibility to interact and provide inspiration for these students from our everyday experiences! Please consider adding your knowledge and talent to this project.