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.
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.
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.
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.
The school and its faculty, staff and administration are second to none in any public school that I know.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An excellent alternative school for parents seeking an immersion in the arts with strong academics. No sports program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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