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K-12
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Sacramento, CA
Students enrolled: 1,375

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4600 Blackrock Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835

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December 22, 2014
Two of our children go to this school. The staff, administration, and faculty are very caring and go above and beyond to make everyone happy. The academics are excellent too. The parental involvement is also very high thanks to P4A.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
The skills taught at this school in the performing arts are perfectly suited to prepare the students for life in the real world. I use the digital art teachings of this school to increase my income from marketing, the acting experience I learned here to boost my confidence and prepare for interviews and sales, and finally the academic skills to always present myself in the best professional way possible This has resulted in great success for myself and I'm proud that to say this school provided the tools for me to succeed in life. I feel the schools greatest strength was allowing the students to have a safe place to express themselves and push through personal boundaries. In the end by the time I graduated I have both lifelong friends, as well as many memories of both failures, which provided valuable lessons, and great success. As I understand it the school has become less accepting to freedom of expression, and the student body has changed, but as I see it the spirit is still alive and well on campus. Someone can find their voice and hone lifelong skill while attending this school. John Class of 2009.

- submitted by a community member
August 15, 2014
I have worked at and had children in three programs under the NCS umbrella. NCS started over 20 years ago and since that time they have responded to community needs by producing quality programs that lead to innovation and choice throughout California. The great thing is that NCS provides a choice for students, parents, and staff. I encourage you to look at what each program offers and their staff to see if it is a good fit for your child. In fact, I encourage you to look at all options in your area. Not every school is for every child or teacher. Expect that at some point programs will change and grow. Remaining the same is usually not a part of innovation when the world and student population you serve is changing.

- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2014
Natomas Charter School is all about tolerance...except for tolerance toward Christians. Homosexuality is celebrated here, in a big way- witness this school's production of the highly sexually referenced, profanity-laden "Laramie Project," which glorifies homosexuality and denigrates Americans of faith. Shame on this school's administration for it's promotion of the sexualization of children- 6th graders- who are exposed to frank sexual talk from 17 and 18 year old high school students on a daily basis. Parents- you should know what you are getting your kids into- be warned

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2014
My children have attended PACT for the past two years. I have enjoyed teaching homeschool with them. The first year I was excited about getting started unfortunately I didn't have a supportive advisor to guide me along and as a newcomer to homeschool we were overlooked. We got a better advisor and things ran smoothies. I liked the administration, teachers and office staff. Last year things chaned with a new administration and front office staff was gone. I haven't cared much for the new leadership in that they don't represent the homeschool in any personal way, appear indifferent to parents. For the whole year that we have been in school not one of them introduced themselves. The student body is cultural diverse however I didn't feel the school was welcoming. My kids felt singled out to what they were doing when they were not causing disruption. When many times other children were loud in the library it would go unnoticed. At some point the administrator finally enforced a strict policy of in supervision of kids. Needless to say I like the program but administrators need to have better PR. The school I rate 5 star, administration 1.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2014
I am a student that currently goes to PFAA at NCS and I am sad to tell all these happy parents that I didn't like it. You see I am shy and so are my friends. The parent involvement is mainly for making them think the school is good and all because they are only involved in the arts of the occasional parties for the academic portion. The teachers mainly focus on those that are behind and sometimes those kids don't care. So we have a lot of students that are ready for the next thing but the teacher won't go foreword. The school focuses on bullies a little too much. They haven't noticed that most kids know not to do physical confrontations and just talk behind the "victim's" back. Kids are getting smarter every year. The mentor program is a joke to all the kids involved. The lunch tastes very processed. The quiet students aren't payed attention too. The slow learners are merely told the same thing over and over. The loud kids disrupt every lesson I have. The only reason this school has 2 stars is because of the teachers that really care about the students. There is only one teacher that pays attention to the quiet ones in my opinion. THANK YOU! (You know who you are.)

- submitted by a community member
July 27, 2014
I found out about this school by accident when I was walking to my new house one night. When I applied, I had no clue how good this school was. I soon found out more and heard that it was a pretty decent school. I started having high hopes for it, but in the end it is a disappointment. It is a wonderful school for its arts and creativity. It's campus is also very clean and beautiful. Bullying is on the low, and kids are generally (or at least act) nice. Which brings another problem, this school is trying to fix something that isn't broken. They focus too much on bullying. I believe that bullying should be addressed, but not enough time and energy is focused on other things. The school's teachers aren't the best either. Like other reviews, some should be teachers and some shouldn't. Also, they are planning to "incorporate" mine craft into our studies. Even though I am a student and one who plays this game I find it a rather terrible idea. I wish I could speak more positively about this school, but the reality is that I can't. In a nutshell, if you are what they like this is heaven. If you aren't so much of that, good luck.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2014
My son has attended two Academies at Natomas Charter School, and I am appreciative of the excellent and supportive teachers he has had throughout his middle and high school years. The school has high expectations for both students and staff which is why it is such a successful school that receives tons of awards. Bad teachers won't cut it here. Thank you, NCS teachers, you're the best!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
I have taught at Natomas Charter School PFAA as an academic teacher for over a decade. There are many reasons why I do not wish to work anywhere else. I work with a dedicated, innovative and professional staff. Our students are curious and love learning. The integration of arts and academics in all aspects of the school learning environment and culture create an environment that encourages creativity and critical thinking. Every member of this community: the teachers, support staff, administration, students and parents work hard to provide a unique and meaningful educational experience. In addition, I believe in the mission of this school so much that my own children have attended since sixth grade. They are developing into intelligent, compassionate, creative and confident adults and I know that many of the teachers and experiences they have had at PFAA have contributed to this growth. If you are considering PFAA for your children or for a place of employment, come talk to us. You will be inspired.

- submitted by a teacher
July 20, 2014
I am a full-time teacher at Natomas Charter School PFAA and have been for over 15 years. I love my school! I wanted to share this story with anyone who is interested in either attending or working at a truly great school. Recently, I ran into an alumni student of PFAA. I'll call her Laurie. Laurie was and is a shining example of a PFAA kid. She was totally immersed in the Music Department as a singer/songwriter and performed as much as she could during high school. She was a completely dedicated musician. When I ran into Laurie this summer she had just graduated from UC Davis (pre-med) and will be starting medical school this Fall. Laurie recounted to me that many people are surprised that she went into the sciences because she had attended an arts high school. She said, I always correct them. I tell them it s because my high school put an equal emphasis on arts and academics. I had to work hard at both and I loved it all." Laurie is now going to be a pediatrician who uses music to work with autistic children. The students who graduate from PFAA enter the work force as engaged, critical thinkers whose deep understanding of the arts will make the world a better place.

- submitted by a teacher
June 23, 2014
As a former teacher in PFAA, I would not recommend this school to anyone. The administration treats teachers very poorly. Teachers are disposable and they feel like they are too, which is why so many teachers resign year after year. Also, teachers are "asked" to change grading policies and student grades, which is against Edcode as only teachers can assign grades. If you're a teacher seeking employment, please notice the high number of job postings this school offers years after year. There is a reason and you should not apply. If you're a parent, consider the constant shift of teachers as unstable for your child. Also, not all teachers at this school have a teaching credential because it is not required in a charter school. This can lead to inexperienced teachers who are teaching outside of their subject area or who have no idea how to manage a classroom. Academics are not valued nearly as much as the arts are and your child will not receive a strong academic foundation. Overall, given the opportunity, whether you are a teacher, parent, or student- choose another school! -A former PFAA teacher now working at a wonderful school where I am valued

- submitted by a teacher
June 22, 2014
Despite the personal attacks here, PACT is making changes for the good of all children. Yes, sometimes long time teachers have to go- but it has been our experience that this happens at any school when teachers refuse to teach ALL kids, not just the ones they like best. PACT has changed class formats to make room for more students, to open registration in a fair way and to spend more time helping parents homeschool. Why choose a homeschool program then put your kid in 10 classes? That isn't homeschool, that is avoiding traditional school. My daughter is excited for Minecraft history and also for writing, science and dance- all of which are still at PACT along with 70+ other classes. If you want to homeschool with support, with enrichment and field trips and social opportunities, this is the place. If you want more of the same, more old school sheltering, fear and 19th century strategies, this isn't the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2014
Natomas Charter has 5 schools under it's umbrella. My child goes to PFAA (performing arts school). I know quite a few children from his grade.For the past 3 years all have told me how much they love PFAA and don't want to miss a day.That speaks volumes. Besides the academics and arts offered, students are not allowed to disrupt classrooms in anyway, resulting in the whole class period being productive.It gives the students necessary skills they will need in high school.A Technology class is given 6th grade where they learn various programs and will be able to type at least 30 words a minute by the end of the year.They teach students to be organized, comfortable communicating with their teachers, responsible for their success and to give back to the community.They do all this in an environment that is truly free of bullying. A C average is required. This school has expectations and makes them very clear to all students from the start. As a result, students rise to the occasion and excel.The growth I've seen in my child, both academically and personally, has been astounding.If that is your child is a performing arts kid, this school will be a great fit, academically and creatively.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2014
It's unfortunate that I write this review because I have been a supporter of PACT for a few years. We have enjoyed the classes, teachers, advisors and students. With that being said, we had some changes to the school this year which seems to be spearheaded from our new administrator. With little to no insight from parents and advisors, the new administrator made drastic changes to the classes being offered. In addition, they let go of a well loved teacher who devoted her career to PACT for 17 years. The advisors are being treated poorly and you sense a "if you don't accept my rules then you are out the door" atmosphere. Unfortunately this discontent is not mine alone and I hear from many other parents that this is not what they want. The saddest part is the morale of the school has change. Once a place that felt like a community is now separated by the tension between the administrator and the advisors, teachers and parents. It's very unfortunate the new administrator has taken an "it's my way or the highway" attitude. I'm not sure if it's hers alone or coming from upper management but either way it's a shame that a once great school is being subjected to poor management.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2014
PACT has fundamentally changed for the worse due to the unchecked, unilateral decisions of its head administrator who has continually kept parents, advisers, and teachers in the dark. Originally, PACT's desired to support and assist parents with how they sought to homeschool - offering semester and year-long classes along side shorter enrichment classes that created a unique learning environment and community. However, changes were announced in early 2014 that year-long classes (such as Kindergarten and 1st Grade) would be eliminated and replaced by 7-week "unit study" classes which could be repeated continually without any change in content. Furthermore, classes like Creative Writing would be replaced with "Minecraft History" or "Zombie Geography." These changes were implemented without input or involvement from parents and were told the new direction PACT was taking was not up for debate. Continual deceit and underhandedness by the Administration is exemplified by the most recent action: the a much-beloved teacher of 17 years "will be leaving to spend more time with her family" when, in actuality, she was terminated without notice to her on the first day of summer break.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
So excite for the new changes at PACT! Students have a huge variety of enrichment classes to take on site, all while parents will get more support in homeschooling curriculum, structures and differences in styles. The new workshop format is perfect for my family because we travel during the holidays and always have to skip class for several weeks. I am looking forward to when my son is old enough to be in the new hybrid program that has two days a week on site, with three at home. It will be an easy transition back to brick and mortar traditional high school, which has always been our goal. I have found the administration to be warm, understanding and they even homeschool themselves so they know what it is like. They also have been very helpful in implementing my son's 504 plan and talking about learning disabilities. We wouldn't homeschool anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
PACT has implemented substantial changes to its educational model in 2014. Enrichment classes are now almost entirely limited to short workshops on trendy subjects and a curriculum review is underway. Students are limited in how many workshops they may use. The changes were made at the discretion of an on-site administrator who favors a media-focused, entertainment-based approach to learning. For example, she relies heavily on Minecraft and movie versions of literature. Her philosophy is set forth on her blog and self-published book, "Academic Homeschooling" on Amazon. Her priorities are not supportive of Classical Homeschooling or Charlotte Mason ideals. The administrator uses a label, "Academic Homeschooling," to contrast her view of, "Religious Homeschooling." Homeschoolers with faith-based viewpoints should be cautious of her leadership. I suggest doing, "due diligence" to evaluate the leadership direction PACT is taking by reading the administrator's published opinions. There are some outstanding teachers and advisors at PACT, but the ultimate governance comes from the on-site administrator. If you share her views, you may find a fit. If not, save yourself the headache.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
We decided to pull our children from the Natomas Charter PACT Academy after the administration announced that they would be making sweeping changes to the program for next year. Unfortunately the wonderful yearlong and semester classes offered in the past are being replaced with 7 week workshops that offer no real educational benefit. Additionally, students will be very limited in how many workshops they can take. The administrators are dishonest and have low academic expectations for the program. There are numerous homeschool charter programs in Sacramento.. don't waste your time at PACT.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
First and foremost, my son thoroughly likes Natomas Charter PFAA! As a new 9th grader he has particularly appreciated the high level of social ease and camaraderie with fellow students, the openness of his teachers & their accessibility, plus the relatively strong rigor of his classes. Another strong positive feature for him is the high levels of personal motivation and competitiveness he perceives held by the school's students. He considers the students very talented & enjoys the mix of visual & performing arts skills held by them. To quote him, "All are very talented & everyone gets along well with each other; in fact their relative high musical/artistic proficiencies help stimulate everyone to strive higher." As educators, both his mom & I believe that the positive factors noted by our son stem from the focused efforts of the PFAA administration, faculty & staff to create a student-centric school climate that is both supportive & encouraging & is built on a foundation of strong academic standards & educational professionalism. Such a climate promotes development of each individual student, fosters excellence and emphasizes respect of individual differences and diversity.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
My school is in the Natomas Unified School District. The STAR Academy is a Great charter school founded under the Natomas Charter School system. It has a varied student body and AWESOME teachers. Lots of 'after school enrichment' activities: art music, sports, yoga and engineering to name a few. Fun after school care program open til 6 (M-F). My child loves his teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2014
The PFAA program is a very good program, The school academically challenges my student and holds my student accountable. The school promotes being a self advocate and individualism. They have a lot of options that are not common at other Sacramento schools at this school including various booster clubs, culture awareness, 8th period options, lots of after school events, homework club and after school media center availability. My middle school child loves the school and is exceling. My student is socially accepted as well which was a problem coming from another school prior. We, myself and child, are very happy being a part of NCS PFAA.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I love this school, the high school program has such a strong sense of community. It's a great place to learn and teach.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
We love Natomas Charter School. Best administrative and teachers. We have to move another country. We will miss NCS. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
My daughter loves her new school. Everyday I pick her up she's all smiles. Like the parent involvement with school and that it's a good balance of academics and the arts.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
I am a (Grade 8) student at PACT and I absolutely love it here. Everyone is really nice and the teachers and classes are awesome. We're like a big family at PACT and just everyone is great. We get to choose which classes we take, and we do the rest at home, so I take arts classes at the school. I really like the way the system is set up. This being my last year at the school, I'm really sad to have to go. I really recommend this school, it's just fantastic.

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2013
Natomas Charter School's PACT program is fantastic! We enrolled our son last year for kindergarten with the hopes that it would provide a unique balance between homeschooling and the traditional classroom setting. The staff has far exceeded our expectations and we absolutely love the sense of community that it provides. Looking forward to a great new year!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
My daughter is in the PACT program of Natomas Charter! We absolutely love it. The support is phenomenal, the atmosphere is welcoming, and the program is FUN and EDUCATIONAL! I've never felt so comfortable in a school environment before! :) Thanks PACT!!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Middle School can be such a challenge however here at Charter the leadership, admin, and staff believe in educating the whole child while providing a top notch facility and environment to foster learning. They offer more than just academic preparation for the future. Middle school has been such an amazing experience we can't wait for high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Natomas Charter School is a wonderful school! I feel very privileged to have my daughter attending. She is attending the Performing And Fine Arts Academy, which is one of the programs available to Natomas Charter students. They offer a vigorous academic program along with the performing and fine arts, preparing them for college and adult life. The teachers are thoughtful, kind, encouraging and inspirational on a daily basis. She is learning and allowed to express herself artistically and intellectually on a daily basis. Students are learning and encouraged to be individuals. My daughter loves it and is looking forward to all of the opportunities she has been given. The school is very supportive of both the parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
I am a student at PFAA and I just hate it here sadly. When I first got accepted I was really excited to learn about the arts and other things that the school provided their students with. But going there just to learn that the homework is heavy and how you have rehearsals here and there. and sometimes staying up all night because of school work. I also found that Some of the teachers lack being respectful! 7th grade year is my last year at this school. before coming to Charter I attended Np3 but transfered in the beginning of the year thinking I will be going to a much better school! But i was wrong. I very much regret switching schools! I am going to try to go back to Np3 again , hopefully i get in! Another thing That my parents and I didnt like about charter was that there wasnt much college prep there unlike Np3. I am sorry but this is why I gave this school 1 star. Hope this helps!

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2013
I am a seventh grader in Leading Edge, and transfered here in sixth grade from NP3. I do not regret moving schools at all. The teachers here are amazing and car about you as an individual. There are so many different types of people here, so it is virtually impossible to not find a group of great people. It is a great environment, and the sports are so much fun! Leading Edge rules over PFAA!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 14, 2012
I have a Daughter that attends PFAA. She's in the 11th grade, but she's been going here since the 6th grade. I have no complaints about this school. The Teachers are the best, and they really enjoy what they do. I know this because I talk to my Daughter, and she's always speaking highly of all her Teachers. Whenever I've had a problem or needed to discuss something, Tammy Lee is always on her job. I commend her for that. Her communication is prompt when you need to speak with her. I'm SO grateful for Natomas Charter School. I couldn't imagine my Daughter anywhere else. As a parent, I feel the school is safe. She can go to school and learn in a positive environment. I don't want to get too long winded, so I'll stop here. They are so deserving of my 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
My daughter and I are very Happy with the Performing and Fine Arts Academy at Natomas Charter School. This school and program are NOT FOR EVERYONE! This school is difficult to get into. Many students from Natomas apply because it is the highest rated school in Natomas but end up leaving because they don't enjoy the program. PFAA does not offer sports programs. The school is small and each grade has fewer than 100 students. The students have 7-9 classes a day instead of 6. Class sizes are small. Teachers and instruction are excellent. The school has a vast demographic of ethnicity, income and sexual orientation among the students and enforce a strong anti-bullying program. The students overall are very respectful. Students will be exposed to various art mediums including dance, band, vocal, drama, acting, painting, computer design, etc. High school students must either take dance for PE or do an approved off campus sport. Every student will be in some sort of recital or production every year, if not multiple. Parents are required volunteer 30hrs to the school each year. Parents can be as involved or removed as they want to be. Think "Fame" or "Victorious".

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
Lottery was not drawn fairly I applied to this school. Lottery numbers were color coded and definitely one color was preferred over the other. None of the public complained but it is not fair in my opinion.

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2012
This school is like the school in Fame - a great performing arts school. The campus is beautiful, the parents 100% over involved to the max, and the kids are all shining starts. No gangs, no bullies, no fights. The school is super strict about that. If you do mean things you get expelled - that includes picking on people verbally. Just not allowed. So if you child is a bully keep him somewhere else. If your child is talented, creative, different, kind - send him or her here.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
This would easily be 5 stars if the Administration would get it's act together. Most of the teachers are great, but unfortunately there are a few that don't care for the students. The students who go here are all around great people who care about others and will treat you with respect. The students make it a very safe place, however the administration should be more open to kids with special needs.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2011
The Performing and Fine Arts Academy is an excellent education environment. Not only are the teachers excellent and enthusiastic about their work, the curriculum is well defined, challenging, and college preparation is excellent. Two of my children have graduated from the school. We began with the school when it started in portables. The program continues to improve every year. We love the atmosphere of tolerance, joy and friendship the arts provide to Jr. and High school students. Many days our children left school singing and dancing. Where else can you find that in a Junior High.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
School discriminates against students with special needs. Some excellent teachers. Some very poor teachers. Very poor administration.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
My son and daughter attended the Performing and Fine Arts Academy for grades 7-12. This involved commuting from the Yuba City/Marysville area all those years, and it was worth it. My main goal for my children was their safety: I did not have the money to send them to private school and I was NOT, ABSOLUTELY NOT, going to send them to a gigantic regular public high school where I would have to fear for their safety with all the gang-bangers and other such craziness that is completely unacceptable. My children were SAFE. They also received a wonderful education grounded in the arts--not just isolated arts classes, but the arts incorporated into core subjects. I loved that. Not only did they learn something about different art forms, but they saw the connectedness between art and everything else in life. I'm glad for that and for the appreciation for the arts that will be with them all of their lives. I'm thankful for that, I'm thankful they were taught by practicing painters, actors, singers, dancers, graphic artists, and I'm thankful for the strict policies enforced on campus to ensure their safety.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
I go here and it is an EXCELLENT school. The teachers and students are great. The students fill out an application and write an essay to get excepted, and then go through an audition. This is to ensure the student's desire to attend so the campus is full of positive people. Even the teachers have to send in a video of them teaching and have to write an essay to determine the quality of the teachers. My school has very high test scores and is a very good school. I'm proud knowing I'm getting the best education in my hole school district. Also, I enjoy the fact that I'm surrounded by such positive people that share the same intrests as me. The ONLY downfall is that there is no sports availabe for the PFAA (Performing and Fine Arts Academy) program

- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2010
As a former employee, I would not send my child here. The administration does not maintain clear policies and does not always do what is in the best interest of the students. They waste time on power struggles between each other and are not efficient or well informed as educators. The administration and support staff are mostly unprofessional.

- submitted by a teacher
May 13, 2010
This school is so fun!!!!!!!! I am finishing my first year at leading Edge and it already fun

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2010
i love this school. I amending my first year here and I must say it's the best school I've ever been in. They have unique art programs and staff and teahers that actually care. In the entire year there I have not seen on fight or seen one kid get picked on. ever since i started, my grades have shot up from Bs to As. they have alot f hands-on activities and events, so no school day is evr boring. It's also a very social enviroment with some fun-loving teachers. the only thing i would change is to allow sports to all programs.

- submitted by a student
April 24, 2010
If you like a school that keeps parents in the dark about changes. A school that is run by people who do not respect the children beyond the tax dollars they bring then this is the school for you!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2010
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2010
Natomas Charter School is an excellent school because, since it has more than one program to choose out of, the child can enroll into a program they actually have interest in. The teachers are also very good, and they give the correct and perfect amount of homework which makes the child understand the concept they are learning.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
its the best school ever.. it offers u to take any electives u like such as music, dance, art, and acting...u can also take french class and or spanish so yeah..its pretty cool.. the best school for education

- submitted by a student
no rating November 03, 2009
This is an awesome school with outstanding teachers. Additionally, it is great to have a school with access to the arts in a time when the arts are being cut out of schools

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
Leading Edge: I love leading Edge so much. The students there are really nice. I like that this program pushes you to be beter. I also like that parents have to be involed inorder for the child to stay at charter. In other words if the parents don't care then don't bother coming. The teachers are nice. they understand more than any other school i have attended. This is my last year at charter, and I am proud to say that I was a Leading Edge student.

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 10, 2009
Is your student in class everyday?? I find it very hard to believe that the teacher would not cover the materials needed for STAR testing!! When parents wake up and stop making excuses for their child maybe then and only then will the student be successful! PFAA gave everthing to my child that he needed to be a successful individual in society, but then again I never made excuses for him!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
My kid has been at the Performing and Fine Arts Academy of Natomas Charter, since 7th grade and has experience has been nothing short of phenomenal. May I add that he did not learn to read until he was 10 years old after an intervention of private tutoring. So, he went into this school with skills that were shaky, and has blossomed into an excellent student in every sense of the word. PFAA well exceeded my expectations and continues to impress me after four years. This is largely due to his teachers who are awesome, highly intelligent, caring and decent human beings. He has never had a bad teacher at this school, and really not even any mediocre ones. He has excelled and is an honors student. I highly recommend this school and think it has provided a superior education and prepartion for college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2009
The parent involvement is great and it ends there. There are teachers that do care, but just like any other schools there are some who shouldn't be teaching there and the staff all the way to the top, covers up for them. If your kid is struggling because of learning disabilities or a slow learner, then they're doomed from the start, don't even bother. They pick & choose who they want to make the school look good. The parents involvement is what makes this school great (because they do all the work). The parents gets a five star, the rest of the paid staff/teachers? well let me put it this way the only reason why they're getting a star or two, is because there are some teachers that do cares. This school can make a student great (w/ their parents help) or can really damage their self esteem.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2009
I have one child in PFAA in middle school and the academics have been terrific. It is a lot of work, but it is fun and interesting, not just pen and paper. The music program is wonderful. There is a huge gender discrepancy that really needs to be addressed. I wish they offered some sports for the PFAA students. They should let PFAA students play on Leading Edge sports teams. This is a huge area that is lacking and could help to make up the gender differences.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 23, 2008
I went to Natomas Charter for three years in PFAA as a middle school student. Although the school is good for the academic experience and exposure it fails to show kids the real side of life and how to get used to the outside world since it is so sheltered and strict. I decided to leave and start High School and Inderkum High due to the schools rules,stress to stay on top of your work, and the size of the student body. The size of the student body bothered me because people know many things about each other that they might not want to know and drama is a every day thing at the school. I also left for a REAL highschool experience and to play sports for my own high school for a chance at a scholarship. As a student i felt over protected. -Theresa Smith.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 06, 2008
The school and its faculty, staff and administration are second to none in any public school that I know.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
This is my daughter's 3rd year at Natomas Charter (she's a Junior) She loves the school for it's teachers, the curriculum and the safety - If you follow the rules, behave yourself and participate (students and parents) it a Very Good Experience!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2008
This school has a great drama program. I have attended all three productions in 2007-2008. The relationships my child has formed with the other students are wonderful. The campus looks great but the school seems very unorganized. A few other parents have agreed that the 2 ladies in the front office are always helpful but it seems they aren't given any information from the Administrators to effectively help the parents. The Admin isn't helpful which trickles down to the rest of the staff. The middle school counselor is extremely rude. It is amazing how many great students they produce with the Admin and staff having such ugly personalities. Your child will most likely love it and learn but if there's ever an issue or concern you have, you will certainly not be satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2008
Leading Edge Program: I have had 2 children in the program. The curriculum is very challenging, and yes there are 2-3 hours of homework most nights, as well as projects over every break and summer. It is challenging to say the least. I f you have a child that as learning disabilities, it is extremely hard to implement accommodations (the 504) that they may have had in grammer/other schools as the school does not like making exceptions to their rules on assignments and classroom work. One of my children benefited from the program, the other is struggling as we are with the adminstration. Though a public school, I would not recommend this school to students who do not have strong parental support (parents have to work with their children on projects due to advanced level) and/or children with academic challenges or learning disabilities. Exceptional math program. Change is needed.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 12, 2008
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January 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 09, 2007
Being a student at Natomas Charter school is a rewarding experience. I have learned so much about my art forms (dance, singing, acting, writing). Most of the teachers know their subject very well and are talented at teaching. However, teachers aren't the only to be thanked for my education. Often times, I learn tons by watching other students grown into their art. The work is challenging but not too hard. The teachers offer extra help to students who want/need it. It is a competitive atmosphere but in the best possible way. Students sometime have to audition for special classes and it can be difficult competing for a spot against your peers. However, it prepares students for a career in the arts. We must learn now that being let down is part of the process. We are always encouraged to try again, though. Charter=Safe,fun,educational,crazy,frustrating at times,but overall,... Amazing!

- submitted by a student
no rating July 04, 2007
Teachers and administrators never rectify their own mistakes, or take responsibility for them. Most field trips are chaotic, especially the DC trips. You never see the Principal--he's out or close-door policy.

- submitted by a student
July 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 02, 2007
The ILP program is a modified Independent Study program and it is wonderful!! My daughter loved the program, she met with a credentialed teacher once a week for an hour to review homework, receive new work and to take tests and quizzes. She was also required to attend 'workshops' which are like regular classes but they also only meet once a week. The teachers there are really supportive and hold office hours if extra help is needed. You can also move a head and graduate early. In fact, was able to receive college credits before she even started college. It's a great program for students who do not like traditional school, work at a different pace or need the freedom to do other things during they day. Not a lot of people know about this program but it should be considered if looking for an independent study program with extra support.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
This school is not a good fit for a slower learner. We thought the teachers were great, and made learning lots of fun, but there is a lot of work, too.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
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May 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2006
The PACT program is a wonderful homeschool support organization that also offers supplementary classes, field trips, and curriculum and advisor support. The teachers and administrators are friendly and supportive.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
After almost two years, I am very happy with the quality of academics and arts instruction my children have recieved here. 4 out of 5 teachers are exceptional educators. Drama productions are amazing. Campus is attractive and well kept. Discipline is firm but fair. I am a little concerned that even excused absences have a significant negative impact on grades, since they are sometimes unavoidable. Overall, a great program and we are happy to donate more than our required parent hours.

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2005
An excellent alternative school for parents seeking an immersion in the arts with strong academics. No sports program.

- submitted by a teacher
November 16, 2005
Leading Edge is a great program, organized and well-put together. Teachers are top quality. Art teacher is teriffic, brings the best out of the students. Kids are encouraged to be independent and responsible from day 1 (they are graded for everything). I love their on-line tools, parents can see everything on-line. They could add more sports into a program There are approximately 3-4 hours of homework every day and min. GPA requirement. Discipline is approached with non-compromising attitude and safety level is high.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
Best performing arts curriculum in the State!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
Our student was on the wait list for nearly a year before gaining admittance into this excellent school. It was as though we won the lottery when he was offered a spot and we are very grateful for the opportunities he has been given there. They far exceed what he received in his prior schools (both private and public). The administration and faculty work diligently to uphold their mission and to prepare all of the students to a high degree. High standards and expectations are upheld for all. The schools commitment to providing both a rigorous academic and excellent arts education is evident every day and in every way. The administrative leadership and faculty are trustworthy and fair. Social problems are minimal and students are by and large friendly and accepting. Interested families (particulary those out of district) should apply early (sixth grade) because after that space is limited or non-existant.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
This school has outstanding academic programs at the high school level. Math and Social Studies are particularly good. As a Performing Arts school, they have lots of classes in music, drama, etc., but there are a few things lacking (classical music and music theory are two glaring deficiencies!). The vocal music program is very good in spite of these deficiencies. The dance training is very good. The general atmosphere of the school is excellent--there is good discipline that is fairly applied. Parental involvement is extremely high because it's required. The social atmosphere is wonderful. The kids treat each other with respect. It's a very safe place.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
The kids that attend this charter school are the best and most accepting kids I have ever seen in any school. My daughter has went there for 3 years and in all that time ther has been 1, yes 1 fight. The kids do not tease or belittle each other, they actually all support and incourage each other. The facualty is great, but that administration really could use some improvement. My son had his contract revoked because his GPA dropped to low. And since there is no Special Education services he has to attend another school next year. I didn't know he needed summer school until school was out.I wasn't even sure if he advanced to the next grade level.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
Hi, I'm one of the teachers at Natomas Charter's Leading Edge Program. At Leading Edge, we strive to be both challenging and fun. We have so many great things about our program: great parent involvement, field trips, chances for students to perform, smaller class sizes (max. 26 students), etc. I personally believe that parent involvement is the key ingredient to our success--when the parents care, their kids care. As teachers, we're continually working to make our program better! I love working here!

- submitted by a teacher
June 27, 2005
LEADING EDGE PROGRAM: This is a very good program, provided you have a highly motivated and self-disciplined child. For those who have an 'average' kid that needs reminders to do homework, this will be a challenging school for both child and parent. The teachers are good, however academic demands and expectations are extremely high, heavy loads of homework every night and some weekends. Almost every teacher has their own major 'event' which equates to many hours at the art stores or in the garage churning out project after project. Most of the activities are well organized and most 'parents' receive good grades for their projects. Classes are at an accelerated pace, which can frustrate an average child. Overall, its a decent school and a better option than Natomas Middle School, but its a lot of work for both parent and child.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
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March 03, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 29, 2004
I love Natomas Charter. My daughter is receiving the same education as she was at a nearby private school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
I have students in both the PFAA and PACT programs. Both programs are well run. The administration staff is very objective and holds the students and parents accountable for their actions. The PFAA, being an on campus program, insures the students are punished accordingly when they break the rules. Even minor infractions are dealt with quickly and objectively. This is a safe campus for students to express themselves. Unlike other choices in this district, your child will excel in this calm, free spirited enviorment. The PFAA program also offers the students a great geneneral education, with curriculum simular to the other middle and high schools in the district. The teachers are doing a great job getting the core subjects taught, while allowing the students freedom to express their creativity. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2004
this is one of the best schools in california i would say. i am very pleased with all of the programs and all of the arts and high standards of education. want your children to be a very sucessful person in life send them to this high standard school of arts or education.

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2004
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- submitted by a student
February 04, 2004
I am impressed by the diversity of programs offered on one school site. The API scores and rankings are evidence supporting what I see as a unique and supportive school with an incredible faculty and staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2004
The PACT program at Natomas Charter school is the absolute best way to educate your child. The program enables parents to teach their children in the home, while also providing optional on-site classes for them to attend. These range from writing skills and math to computer classes to dance and music. The off-site classes make it possible to expose children to activities that they may never try otherwise, such as fencing or tae kwon do. The field trips are awesome and allow children that are home-schooled to get together and enjoy learning in real-life settings. The leadership cares about the children and the parents too. The advisors are always ready to help with anything we as educators need. The staff is well-informed and always friendly and helpful. I recommend this school to any parent that cares about their child's education and up-bringing. I have been educating through here since 1997.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2003
We have had children in 3 of the 4 programs at this school. Wouldn't want to enroll them in any other school. We have been very pleased these past 8 years at Natomas Charter.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2003
I have a 4 year old grandson who just started a couple of months ago. It's great!!! The PACT program provides wonderful optional classes as well as spectacular field trips at no cost or very low cost (less than 5$). The resource center and educational advisors provide complete support. Materials are provided at no cost. There are two monthly meetings for parents and a study center which makes it easy to connect with other families who homeschool. Very nice community feeling. We feel so lucky to have found this opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2003
it has helped my child grow as an artist.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2003
My child attended both private and public school before Natomas Charter (both well known in the County). She has attended the Performing and Fine Arts Academy for the past three years. We are both absolutely thrilled with the quality of education and with the extra curricular activities. With the exception of one of the arts teachers, all teachers are of the highest caliber. I find that they go beyond the standard school day, taking time before, after school and at lunch, if necessary, to assist any student that asks. Very responsive to both email and phone messages from parents & students. Excellent office staff and administrators. We will be there another three years (7-12 grade). We also like the diversity. Students are not only from Sacramento County, but the surrounding counties as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2003
As the parent of a G.A.T.E. student, my two-year stint at Natomas Charter was a grueling one. From eliteous cliques to ignorant instructors, Natomas Charter's culture is more comparable to that of a continuation school than a prominent charter school. Natomas Charter's greatest attribute is its location; otherwise, it is a poorly-managed educational institution. Their API score speaks directly to the lack of experience and knowledge of their staff. Aesthetically, Natomas Charter is an awesome school, but if you're interested in substance-you'd be better off elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
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Natomas Charter School
4600 Blackrock Drive, Sacramento, CA  95835
(916) 928-5353
Last modified Natomas Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Natomas Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 98 reviews. Top