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.
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!
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.
I love Natomas Charter. My daughter is receiving the same education as she was at a nearby private school.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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