The National Academy Foundation has recognized the Northridge High School STEM Academy as a Distinguished Academy for the 2019-2020 school year.
This highly competitive distinction recognizes that students in the Northridge STEM Academy are college and career ready, and that the academy mirrors the demographics of the school in the categories of ethnicity, gender, English language learners and students who qualify for free and reduced meals. In addition, 100 percent of the academy's rising seniors participate in paid internships. Northridge far exceeds the NAF expectations in all areas.
The STEM program began at Northridge High School in 2006, with an emphasis on math and science. In 2012-13, the school opened the Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Math and Science. The Academy of Information Technology was established in 2015-16. And, in 2018-19, all the academies were restructured into the single STEM Academy.
In 2014-15, 143 students participated in one or more of the two academies. This year, 242 students are enrolled in the NAF STEM Academy.
Northridge officially received this honor during the NAFNext 2020 Annual Academy Conference this summer. Congratulations, Northridge STEM Academy!