Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) prepares high school students to excel in college and compete in the global workforce. The field of hospitality and tourism is one of the world's largest industries and DC's fastest-growing one.

The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism is a member of the National Academy Foundation (NAF) network, which is part of a national movement where scholars can learn, achieve, and advance as a professional along a chosen career path, i.e. hotel owner, travel agent, human resources associate, restaurant owner, general manager, marketing director, and  meeting and event planner.  The AOHT will engage students by using Hospitality and Customer Service as a lens through which everyday problems are analyzed, approached and solved.

The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism has a strong advisory committee made up of hospitality and tourism industry partners, including: Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center, Hotel Association of Washington, DC, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott, The Hay-Adams Hotel, Destination DC, American Experience Foundation, Donahoe Hospitality Services,, Georgetown University, and George Washington University.

Students who join Jackson-Reed's Academy of Hospitality and Tourism benefit from many work-based learning experiences, paid internships, industry recognized certifications, and college credits.

AOHT students have participated in these practical work-based learning opportunities:

  • Managing the Concession Stands
  • Planning and Executing Prom
  • Main Office Attendants
  • Welcome Center Attendants
  • Principal Conference Hosts
  • Open House Tour Guides

Field trips that the AOHT scholars have gone on include:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center
  • Congressional Black Caucus Hotel Ownership Conference
  • Hotel Association of Washington, DC Luncheon
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • Washington Auto Show
  • The Pod Hotel New York City
  • The W Hotel New York City
  • DC Backyard Bound
  • Various College Tours
  • Capital One Arena: Washington Wizards
  • Monumental Sports Dinner


Year 1

  • Principles of Hospitality and Tourism, DH1, 1.0 credit
    This course introduces basic principles of hospitality, tourism, and customer service.

    • Certification - Guest Service Gold

Year 2

  • Travel and Tourism Management, DH4, 1.0 credits
    Covered in this course are sports, entertainment, and event planning;
    hospitality; and marketing.

Year 3

  • Hotel Management, DG4, 1.0 credits
    This course offers more in-depth study of hospitality and tourism management. Students will also learn how to “close the deal” on the next steps in their college and career planning.


Note: In 11th grade, AP English Language and Composition (E08) is recommended.



Brandon Wims

NAF Academy Director