NCAS is a great school, has great teachers, a wonderful principal,families that all care for the children, and let us not forget a high API Score.
This is a great school.I am not only a teacher at this school, but a parent as well.I have 5th and a 2nd grader.
Norma Coombs Alternative is a fantastic elementary school. We have a dynamic principal who is a true leader. The teachers are exceptional and we have an amazing group of highly involved parents. We have a diverse student population with excellent test scores for all of our kids. A truly outstanding school!
The principal and the teachers are top notch. The ceramics program, music, computer program and library are parent supported...the parent involvement is through the roof...just a fabulous place for kids to learn.
My daughter just started kindergarten and we have been so happy with the principal, teachers, programs and community. We are looking forward to many more years there. Hopefully my son who is 2 can attend kindergarten there too in three years!
This school has an excellent principal, wonderful teachers and a great deal of parent support. All contribute to it's high academic achievement and success as a school.
Norma Coombs has committed teachers, dynamic Principal Leadership, Involved parents and a diverse student body. The staff/teachers work closely with the parents to ensure the success of all students. Norma Coombs provides a challenging academic environment for studenst to grow and learn.
First we value the community that is cultivated at Norma Coombs Alternative School; it's unbelievable to join together with families of all different types of gifts and skills that are shared and help our children grow to reach their dreams. Second we were impressed by the teachers and staff and their ability to assist students in meeting high academic standards. Third, the leadership of Dr. Vanessa Watkins is unmatched; we could clearly see that in our visit to Norma Coombs and we have not been disappointed. Fourth, we value art education and expression and the Norma Coombs ceramics program under Ms. Rodriguez s direction is incredible. Also having music opportunities from 3rd grade on was important. Since being a part of this community over the last three years, we've also realized their high value on our school library and reading as well as the development of technology skills. Both these skills are vital to a successful future. This gives you just a small glimpse into our decision to choose Norma Coombs.
The leadership is phenomenal, the teachers are excellent, and the school size is great for my kindergartner.
This is a fantastic school with a very good and still rising API score across all demographics!!!!
Norma Coombs Alternative School is an incredible mix of top-notch administration, caring and dedicated teachers, and involved parents surrounding a diverse body of students. We are a high-performing elementary, but we also foster arts (including a unique ceramics program), science, and character-building. Our family has two children at NCAS and will enroll a third in a couple of years. Come join us!
The principal, staff and teachers at Norma Coombs are outstanding! They know every student by name and put the needs of the children first. Norma Coombs also offers weekly ceramics classes, as well as computer, music, and library instruction. NCAS parents are always visible on campus, they are active, fun, and very involved. My son has made great friends at school, but so have I! Norma Coombs has some of the highest academic scores in the district, as well as many extracurricular activities and many happy children! It is the best alternative!
A shining example of what Pasadena public schools can be. As parents, we had a choice between sending our kids to public or private school. After visiting the campus and meeting their dedicated principal, Dr. Watkins, we were convinced that Norma Coombs Alternative School (NCAS) was what we wanted. NCAS is a school of choice in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). This means that parents actively choose to send their children there (the school has no assigned neighborhood). It is also a random lottery, so NCAS draws from all PUSD neighborhoods equally. The result is a very diverse student body, both ethnically and socio-economically, which we felt was important for our children. We have found that the other positive result of being in a school of choice is that the parents are, on average, more actively engaged than at other schools.
I used to go to this school from 4th grade to 7th grade, and I'm now a freshman in High school. When I was there I found that the teachers were great, but the students were not so great. I was the kid that EVERYONE picked no. Dr. Watkins, the principle then and now, did a good job, at dealing with the situation, but it take while for kids to respond to her methods. But it wasn't her fault, it was the students. The teachers are great at this school. I had Ms. Bell in 4th and 5th grade, but she retired, so non of my ex-teachers re there any more. but overall I had a great experience at this school, I learned a lot!
This was our first year at Norma Coombs and I have to say that we have been VERY pleased. My daughter has grown so much in so many ways during this school year. Her teacher has been wonderful and fostered a great sense of learning in her students. I have also been impressed with the parental involvement at NCAS. These parents are willing to step up and conquer whatever comes their way. With all of the issues that the public school system has now , I think that our principal, Dr. Watkins, is doing a fantastic job dealing with it. There is a great sense of community at NCAS and I would recommend and encourage anyone to become a part of our school.
We love Norma Coombs. The biggest draws for us initially were the small student body (around 400 students) and the incredible principal, Dr. Vanessa Watkins. This public school packs a big punch when you consider its dramatically increasing academic performance, reduction in discipline issues, and rise in student respect and success. Teachers love teaching there, and Dr. Watkins has assembled and retained an incredible teaching team. Our kids have been supported and nurtured well. The student body is diverse in a number of ways, most especially racially and socioeconomically. For us this is a plus, particularly as we've witnessed our kids develop intercultural friendships and seen their appreciation for cultural differences grow. Public schools in Pasadena are on the rise because of schools like Norma Coombs!
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