School discriminates against students with special needs. Some excellent teachers. Some very poor teachers. Very poor administration.
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.
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
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.
This school is so fun!!!!!!!! I am finishing my first year at leading Edge and it already fun
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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