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!
Both of our kids attend PFAA and we love it. The kids, staff and faculty seem so happy there. The teachers really care about our kids and how they are doing in school--they email us when there are concerns, etc. It seems problems are dealt with quickly too. We highly recommend this school to parents, whose kids love the arts (it is not for everyone).
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is a great school - safe with caring teachers and unique extra-curricular opportunities. I would not put my son anywhere else!
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!
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