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NAF Academy of Health Sciences

What is the National Academy Foundation Academy of Health Sciences?


Health Sciences Charter School is a designated National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academy of Health Sciences. The Academy was established by NAF to address the critical achievement gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields and develops a pipeline of students prepared to pursue health-related degrees and professions in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy: health sciences specialties such as biotechnology, genetics, nursing, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

In addition to the required classes, academy students combine specialized, theme-based courses with real-world experience. Students learn skills and self-confidence as they experience the connections between what they learn in school and the larger world as they transition to adult life.


What is the National Academy Foundation?


NAF is a leader in the movement to prepare young people for college and career success. For nearly 30 years, NAF has refined a proven educational model which includes industry focused curricula and work-based learning experience. The NAF curriculum is developed by industry and educational experts and widely recognized as leading educational reform.


Unique Opportunities

  • Preparation for college and work
  • Interesting courses and teachers
  • Hands-on projects that matter
  • Summer and school-year internships
  • Practical experiences in the healthcare industry
  • A caring learning community


The Internship Experience

In the summer after their junior year, all Academy of Health Sciences students participate in internships with area businesses. Many of these internships are paid positions and in some cases the jobs can continue through the school year on a part-time basis. In addition to earning valuable real-world experiences, internships can serve as a key element of a solid college application.


Benefits to Students

  • Rigor with real-world experiences
  • Career planning
  • Job shadowing experiences
  • Non-paid and paid internships
  • Networking with professionals
  • Small learning community
  • Certificate issued by the National Academy Foundation
  • NAFTrack certified hiring
  • For more information about the National Academy Foundation, visit



Elizabeth Brooks

Academy Director

716.888.4080 ext.616