My school is in the Natomas Unified School District. The STAR Academy is a Great charter school founded under the Natomas Charter School system. It has a varied student body and AWESOME teachers. Lots of 'after school enrichment' activities: art music, sports, yoga and engineering to name a few. Fun after school care program open til 6 (M-F). My child loves his teachers and staff.
The PFAA program is a very good program, The school academically challenges my student and holds my student accountable. The school promotes being a self advocate and individualism. They have a lot of options that are not common at other Sacramento schools at this school including various booster clubs, culture awareness, 8th period options, lots of after school events, homework club and after school media center availability. My middle school child loves the school and is exceling. My student is socially accepted as well which was a problem coming from another school prior. We, myself and child, are very happy being a part of NCS PFAA.
Our school is good at writing the 504C plans and holding scheduled meetings. The challenge is making sure each teacher provides the accommodations. This has been and ongoing problem for four years. We as parents have had to manage the teachers instead of the school. Also, the school has a hard time thinking outside the normal educational box and offer to try other teaching methods. Such as verbal testing since they put so much emphasis on testing. Our experience is that traditionally educated teachers have very little skills in teaching or understanding students with learning disabilities. Schools must offer alternative methods of teaching, verbal or no testing more project based. Employ teachers that have experience in learning disabilities. Don't expect the student to explain something they do not understand themselves. You don't know what you don't know.
There are very little resources for students with learning disabilities.We have had a few teachers who have gone out of their way to help our child succeed. And other teachers who just do not get it. The administration has been diligent in helping our child be successful while working within the educational boundaries.
I love this school, the high school program has such a strong sense of community. It's a great place to learn and teach.
We love Natomas Charter School. Best administrative and teachers. We have to move another country. We will miss NCS. Thank you.
My daughter loves her new school. Everyday I pick her up she's all smiles. Like the parent involvement with school and that it's a good balance of academics and the arts.
I am a (Grade 8) student at PACT and I absolutely love it here. Everyone is really nice and the teachers and classes are awesome. We're like a big family at PACT and just everyone is great. We get to choose which classes we take, and we do the rest at home, so I take arts classes at the school. I really like the way the system is set up. This being my last year at the school, I'm really sad to have to go. I really recommend this school, it's just fantastic.
Natomas Charter School's PACT program is fantastic! We enrolled our son last year for kindergarten with the hopes that it would provide a unique balance between homeschooling and the traditional classroom setting. The staff has far exceeded our expectations and we absolutely love the sense of community that it provides. Looking forward to a great new year!
My daughter is in the PACT program of Natomas Charter! We absolutely love it. The support is phenomenal, the atmosphere is welcoming, and the program is FUN and EDUCATIONAL! I've never felt so comfortable in a school environment before! :) Thanks PACT!!
Middle School can be such a challenge however here at Charter the leadership, admin, and staff believe in educating the whole child while providing a top notch facility and environment to foster learning. They offer more than just academic preparation for the future. Middle school has been such an amazing experience we can't wait for high school.
My son and I came to the PACT Academy after two traumatic years at another charter. We could not be HAPPIER! The Natomas Charter PACT Academy helped him learn to love school again, to be inspired to learn and to feel like he had a community that cared about him. The homeschool advisers take time to get to know each child and help the parents create an individualized education and specialized curriculum for each student. I credit the program for helping my son find peace again and be excited for school. We love NCS! There is a program for every family, for every learning style and for every situation.
My son has attended two academies, and he is thriving. The school has the best culture. The families and staff attend the school because of its mission. It's a great place to get an excellent education!
Natomas Charter School is a wonderful school! I feel very privileged to have my daughter attending. She is attending the Performing And Fine Arts Academy, which is one of the programs available to Natomas Charter students. They offer a vigorous academic program along with the performing and fine arts, preparing them for college and adult life. The teachers are thoughtful, kind, encouraging and inspirational on a daily basis. She is learning and allowed to express herself artistically and intellectually on a daily basis. Students are learning and encouraged to be individuals. My daughter loves it and is looking forward to all of the opportunities she has been given. The school is very supportive of both the parents and students.
I am a student at PFAA and I just hate it here sadly. When I first got accepted I was really excited to learn about the arts and other things that the school provided their students with. But going there just to learn that the homework is heavy and how you have rehearsals here and there. and sometimes staying up all night because of school work. I also found that Some of the teachers lack being respectful! 7th grade year is my last year at this school. before coming to Charter I attended Np3 but transfered in the beginning of the year thinking I will be going to a much better school! But i was wrong. I very much regret switching schools! I am going to try to go back to Np3 again , hopefully i get in! Another thing That my parents and I didnt like about charter was that there wasnt much college prep there unlike Np3. I am sorry but this is why I gave this school 1 star. Hope this helps!
I am a seventh grader in Leading Edge, and transfered here in sixth grade from NP3. I do not regret moving schools at all. The teachers here are amazing and car about you as an individual. There are so many different types of people here, so it is virtually impossible to not find a group of great people. It is a great environment, and the sports are so much fun! Leading Edge rules over PFAA!!!!!
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.
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