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.
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.
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