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7-8
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Sacramento, CA
Students enrolled: 938
Before care: Yes
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3200 North Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835

(916) 567-5540
(916) 567-5549
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August 02, 2014
HORRIBLE SCHOOL....DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE! The staff nor the teachers so not care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2014
This is a horrifying school. I moved my daughter immediately. The bullying, harassment, lack of teacher involvement is appalling. To see the cops there every single day is a little bit unnerving. Your children are not safe at this school. Run as fast as you can.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
This school is a great school. Or should I say- WAS a great school. Don't get me wrong here- the school has more than enough things to make a student earn a brighter future. This is middle school. This is where the PARENTS step in. It gets me quite frustrated when everyone judges the setting of the event, not the characters or cause of it. For example- bullying. Its the parents of the bully who raise such an ignorant child. Keep in mind here- the student is 12-14 years old whilst the parent is an average of 30 -40 years old. MUCH MUCH more experience, right? Exactly. The parents of the bully are unintelligent, brainless, and mentally incapacitated. They are the ones to take the blame. They are the kind of people you'd see on an episode of Maury or Jerry Springer. I dislike when people get the school confused with the bully. Think about it- this school has something 10 star schools don't often have- diversity. Its tough for the teachers to handle ignorant students but they're doing it to the best of their ability. The bullies need to be taken care of by their parents. I have seen a victim defend herself from a bully and get suspended. Once again- it was bad parenting.

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2014
Natomas Middle School is a very dangerous school, parents be careful. They have gone through many principals, not sure why. The police seem to be called almost daily, I've never heard of a middle school where the students get to watch their pre-teen friends handcuffed and driven away in a police car. Not to mention the traffic and security is almost nonexistent. They are trying to correct things yet the student s safety should be the first focus. It's not... This is the type of school that has very little oversight. When a student has their belongings stolen out of a locker and then they see their belongings a day or 2 later with another student, that student should be comfortable enough to go to the teachers/principal (if there is one) for help. The student in this example will not and won t tell on the other student because they don't want to get beaten up. That should say it all; students are scared to get beaten up by other students in this school for just trying to do the right thing. Terrible leadership at the school level and at the district.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
I'm a parent and my daughter is currently going to this school. I wish I could leave a great review, but the staff doesn't take care of the school and the teachers are just the same, they are so few that are worth mentioning. For example the music teacher, he encourages the kids to do so much and push them to their limit. I honesty think that if all were like him the school would be so far ahead of other school. But if they don't do something to fix this this school will end up being a reject school instead of a good school. Also the safety of the students that go to this school is appalling, there are many students constantly being bully and no one in the school staff is doing anything about it. My daughter was bully in lunch and no one of the supposedly campus staff did anything about it. I just wish they would open their eyes on this school and do something about it before is to late and they end up being another school run over by kids instead of the staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
This school was great two years ago when my daughter went there in 7th grade and it went completely downhill from there. My youngest child is now here and its gotten even worse. It seems as though the principal does not have control of the school and the really great vice principal that seemed to hold things together left this year. I am sad to say that the staff have no control over the children and this makes it difficult for the children who want to learn to do that. I have spoke to the principal about my concerns so many times and nothing gets corrected. I have gone to the district and again they do nothing. It seems that the staff is there for a job only and don't care about our children. Pathetic and I am sad to say that my kids feel this too. There are a couple teachers that have given above and beyond and show the students they care, but most do not. This is our 3rd year at this school, one more year to go and I am glad to say we are done!! I will never refer this school to anyone in our community and I deal with people on a regular basis in this community.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2013
I am a parent of 3 children attending this school 2013 - 2014, one of my children has been bullied since day one. Recently I decided to observe the school and the classrooms. Not to my surprise did I see the lack of discipline in 8 out of 10 students. I was appauled by the behavior and disrespect the students portrayed. I happened to be there on a day that a Board meeting was taken place, therefore every classroom had a Subsitute teacher. It seemed to me that the teachers had no control over the classroom. The school is way over crowded. It obviously showed the lack of parenting in the way the students interact. It seems that the problems that exists are not being addressed. Bullying and students are way out of control. The superintendent at this school district should be aware of the reviews and take serioius ACTION before it's too late. Just a note of advice, if you are planning to send your child to this school think elsehwere! Or visit the school before you enroll. Let me also include that the staff really do their best to manage the classrooms, but there's only so much they can do.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
Terrible! The inmates are running the institution. I feel bad for the staff, this place is outta control - they are helpless. The fabulous front office help is a great indicator of what's to come.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
I should have listened to the ratings about this horrible school. We recently moved from the Livermore area my daughter has always been a great A and b student never had trouble with no one. Till now ever since she started 2012 school yr 7th grade here she has had nothing but get BULLYED!! Peer pressured, ect. Nothing is ever done about it by staff. I'm tired and can't see my daughter in tears anymore...

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
I currently attend Natomas middle School for my 7th grade year for 2011-2012 and this school is terrible. The biggest problem here is BULLYING and it's happened to me so many times at this school. I am not lying because so many students here judge you off your ethnicity and looks. This school is definetely overcrowded with over 800 students here. Most teachers here are nice but the students are completely the opposite. Most students here are a bad influence. The students here tease and call people dirty names. I'm not going to this school next year and that's only because too many students here BULLY. Please take this very seriously because I'm not lying when I say that this school's has issues.

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 2012
I currently attend Natomas middle School for my 7th grade year for 2011-2012 and this school is terrible. The biggest problem here is BULLYING and it's happened to me so many times at this school. I am not lying because so many students here judge you off your ethnicity and looks. This school is definetely overcrowded with over 800 students here. Most teachers here are nice but the students are completely the opposite. Most students here are a bad influence. The students here tease and call people dirty names. I'm not going to this school next year and that's only because too many students here BULLY. Please take this very seriously because I'm not lying when I say that this school's has issues.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2010
Now, don't get me wrong, this school is far from perfect. But I honestly think it deserves a chance. Though it may have a bad reputation, its not always the best decision to judge something from its past. I sent my daughter to a private school in 2008 just to give it a try and compare the two(public & private). Later on, my husband bought a house in Natomas and we ended up moving in the middle of 2009. 2 months after we moved my husband was laid off. I still had my job, but we could only afford enough to pay ESSENTIAL expenses. We cut back by sending her to a public school, in this case NMS. We knew that this school has struggled in the past, but we had no choice. My daughter has been excelling in this school since Day 1. This school has its flaws, but you never know. It could always be a pleasant surprise. :)

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2010
I is a wonderful school. People dont look at the excellent education children are getting.

- submitted by a community member
no rating December 02, 2009
the school is lovely i love the fact that we get second chances if we make a mistake at leroy i also got suspended like that

- submitted by a student
no rating February 26, 2009
I have a daughtr who is in 7th grade and this is her first year at nms. The principal is fabulous! but parents beware, the front office staff likes to treat and talk to parents as if they are talking to children.. On many occasions i've had to go directly to the pricipal! she has handled the situation, however each time tha i think it wont happen again it does.. Just continue to push back and not allow the poor bahavior.. Someday they may get the point that they can't treat parents as the treat the students!! otherwise academically, the school is awesome my daughter went from a 2.0 Student to a 3.6.. I'n very pleased

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
I have two 12 yr old that attend this school, and as long as you are involved in your childs academic progress they are going to do great. When i have an issue it is taken care of but we are now in middle school, this is when the attitudes begin..... Good school

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2008
It is a bad school but has great teachers and teaches good-If your son/daughter goes to this school make sure they dress nice and the new 'Style'....school is 3/5---

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2008
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June 20, 2008
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February 02, 2008
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December 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2007
i'm an 8th grader at NMS and i love this school. the teachers are great and interact with their students. many classes are fun to be in. NMS makes us want to come to school. i'm going to miss it when i graduate this year.

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2007
I go to this school and I think it is great. It has a good education and the teachers and staff members are helpful. They explain everything carefully to students who do not understand the subject. I like this school. Natomas middle school rocks!

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2007
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June 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
My son attended NMS from 2003-2006. His transition from a bay area elementary to a middle school in Natomas had its challenges for our family. Through commitment and perseverance our son successfully promoted from the principal's list to high school. Our family is grateful for the strong leadership of Mrs. Najera-Kunsemiller and Mr. Hervey Taylor. Our son also had fabulous teachers who genuinely cared and mentored our son to complete middle school. We truly believe that parental involvement is truly the key to a child's success.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
This shcool is a very well rounded school and I teach in Houston Texas.It is so much better here at this school and the kids are so respecting. The food has its ups and downs but overall the [rating] is five star for behavior.

- submitted by a teacher
March 31, 2007
This is a mid-level school and i am currently a student at NMS this school does have its ups and downs but this school i think faces with low discipline standards.The principal is great and willing to help out students during breaks,the school office staff is great with assisting new students start out at this school.The school does not offer many after-school parent events..only two this year have taken place and its already on the last trimester.Overall i think this school deserves a 4/5.

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2007
Carla Najera-Kunsemiller (principal) and Hervey Taylor (vice-principal) have turned the school around. My son started NMS under an earlier principal who didn't seem to care what happened to the students or the school. As soon has Carla was hired, things began improving. She hired many new teachers that are willing to work together as a team, with the children's best interest at heart. All of the teachers are helpful. NMS no longer has the discipline problems that it had 2 years ago. Carla managed to get a full time music teacher (Mr. Galndo was West Sacramento teacher of the year before joining NMS). The Parent Teacher Organization raised enough money to buy a piano for the music program. Starting in the 2007/2008 year, they will be offering a Geometry course for advanced students. Currently, my son splits his day between Geometry at Inderkum, and NMS (arranged by Carla).

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2007
I would like to commend Natomas Middle Schools staff and leadership on their expectations of the students as well as the parents. Before my son attended NMS I came to this site for feedback and ended up not wanting my child to attend because of the items said from a few years back. As a parent I am delighted to say that Natomas Middle School has been extremely helpful to my son, in helping me guide him to be more responsible, becoming an equal/leader and not a follower. I have constant communication with his teachers weekly not because he is in trouble but because I am involved with his school activities, homework etc... It takes a village to raise a child and to contain a family. A village consists of the neighbor next door, family, friends, teachers, & staff. Parents make the effort, get involved with your children's education.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
Positive change has occurred when our school's principal was hired end of 2004/2005 school year. I was very concerned with my son s safety when he first started attending NMS. The behavior of a few students had jeopardized the safety and positive learning environment for all our students. Carla Najera-Kunsemiller and Hervey Taylor, principal and vice principal, implemented day-to-day operation practices that established high expectations for academics and behavior. They addressed safety issues resulting in positive behavior of students and changing the culture of the campus. These changes created a solid foundation and safe environment for students. They support all that is positive for NMS s students, teachers, staff and parents volunteers. They embrace our diversity and focus on common goals & objectives for good of the children. Our school now can focus on the success of our students through educational opportunities, to become confident and creating positive self-esteem.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2006
I think NMS is not a very good school. The teachers arent very hands on and they dont take charge of the classes. I am a student who attends Natomas and my experience is very surprizing. There are students cursing at teachers and inappropiate dressing and the students are very rude and disrespectful and undisaplined.I have only attended NMS since April 24,2006 and I've already had a bad experiance. Im not really lookin forward to 8th grade this year.I would have thought this school would be better for me coming from Leroy Greene but i stand corrected, its 5x worse! But anyways if your lookin for a school i would recommend any school but NMS.

- submitted by a student
June 20, 2006
This is a good school for kids that do well in schooll.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2006
This is the worse school I have ever sent my children to. Coming from Eastern state schools, this school is by far the worst. The teachers have no control over the classroom which disrupts the children who want to learn.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
Most of the teachers here are pretty good at staying in touch with parents but then there's some that call every week to complain about you child but never really help them. My son asks for help from his math teacher and gets nothing. He's more lost now that's he's been here then before he even enrolled in Natomas. I wouldn't recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
Vast improvement from last year! Especially due to the new leadership from Carla Najera, the new principal going into her second year here. There is also an entirely brand new staff, especially the Language Arts Department, with a new Department Chair, Rita Sparling. Teachers are more organized, lesson plans are interesting and engaging, and students get along well with each other. The school is not only focused on literacy and English as a Second Language, but there is an XL/GATE program with GATE trained educators! I highly recommend bringing your children to this great school, they will learn, make good friends, and have fun coming to NMS!

- submitted by a teacher
November 03, 2005
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September 10, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2005
I want to get higher academics, as well on physical activities in physical education.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 22, 2005
My son's really enjoy Natomas Middle School. It's only been 2 weeks into school but so far so good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2005
I am new to North Natomas area, I am very disappointed with this school so far. I have a 7th grader, but I have to keep my son here because I have no choice at this time. The front office is disorganized, and unpolite. I think that more people need to speak up and have something changed.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
If I could go back in time, I would not purchase a home in natomas just to avoid sending my son to the schools here. When I shared my concerns about my son's plunging grades with teachers, principal, counselor and even district administrators, I was told not to worry too much as over 20% of 8th graders are failing at this school so he's not too far from average-it's just a sign of the way kids are these days and he'll make it up in high school. When I asked the counselor how he would catch up, he could not respond. Not one teacher took the initiative to flip me an email to tell me my son was failing a class. I had to fight to get any communication other than routine contacts. My experience with natomas middle has made me a staunch supporter of school vouchers.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
We have received nothing but stress, anxiety, and frustration since my child attended this school. My child only attended the last 3 months of the school year of 2005 and never experienced a school that was so unorganized, unstructured with other students being so disruptive and disrepectful. I fear the safety of my child. Teachers and school seem to not have control of the situation which affect the learning opportunities of the 'good' students. We're currently working on moving our child out of this school until they have their act together. It's unfortunate that with such a new school in a new community to have such problems.

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June 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
Enroll your child in private school. Until North Natomas establishes it's own school district and prohibits inter-district transfers from South Natomas, the problems will continue. It's tragic...

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May 06, 2005
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April 19, 2005
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April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
I must speak on behalf of teachers I have encountered at NMS. They are excellent and have went over and beyond on assisting me with issues I have had at the school with my son. He can be a problem and instead of the staff just shipping him to another school they have worked with me by email, phone calls and home visits. I think this school needs a chance due to staff turn over. The principle has always returned my calls and has kept me informed of things surrounding my kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
I just moved to the new area and started attending school here only last year. It's slowly improving, it's not like any other school I haven't been too. The teachers are good, I actually LEARNED something. But the principals are unstable, in the last 2 years there's been 2 different principals. As for a 'thug school', been to San Francisco schools? Oakland schools? I have, it's much worse, so parents be thankful NMS is actually a 'good school' in my book. As for kids getting made fun of regarding race, its probally true. Teach your kids not to be such prudes because Middle School is harsh and kids there have no such remorse. I'm a A+/excel student, and have some of the most 'popular/pretty/finest' 8th grade friends. I like this school. Grow to love it to. -A student.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2004
My daughter attended natomas middle school as a 6th grader and had a horrible experience. She was picked on repeatedly because of her race. Many of the students showed complete disregard for the rules. They would yell profanity in the classroom and even lock the teacher out of the room. I believe this school is an unsafe place to send your children. The violent, rude and disrespectful behavior continued with little or no punishment the entire time my daughter attended this school. The students who acted up were sent to the timeout room, what a joke! maybe harsher punishment might stop the behavior and make the school safe for the kids that are there to learn! seek other options for you children! My daughter is now at a Natomas charter where the administration takes punishment seriously! Maybe the administators at Natomas Middle could take some lessons! Suspension and expolsion works!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2004
natomas middle school to me is not the best place to send your child. this school would be a ok school but parents would have to be strict and stay on top of there kids education if want kids to go here. meaning talk to them find out what they learned and try to your best effort to keep them ahead of the classes they take.this school does not do a good job of teaching students what they need to be taught so what i did was enroll my child there for one year 6th grade made sure his math and reading skills was best and 7th grade put him in natomas charter school.

- submitted by a student
July 11, 2004
Natomas Middle School is unorganized and a disappointment to the district. There is very little discipline, and few qualified teachers teaching at the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
This new school sure does need attention. The desire is there to be a good quality school, especially since it is so very new. The staff, by far, sure does need to be re-evaluated/re-directed. For the most part, most of my daughters teachers (for 2 years) are not accountable for their own actions. They are not responsible either for the duties of being a teacher. My complaints can go on and on. Let's just hope for the future, this gets serious attention and restructured. Get rid of some of staff and take the parents concerns seriously! Return a call or an email! Make the teachers be accountable for their job, for that is what our tax dollars are paying them for! Funny how more teachers are the ones stating that they just can't seem to find the homework that the student turned in! But the student gets the F!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
This is the worst school I have ever dealt with. The principal refuses to answer or return phone calls and the curriculum is based on the lowest common denominator. We are very unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2004
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- submitted by a student
December 24, 2003
My son is in his second year at this school with positive feedback for the most part. Every family's experiences are different and must be considered when looking at comments. My son is a B student, no problems with students and the staff have handled any concerns I may have had promptly. The district budget constraints, not the school is to blame for any short comings the schools in our district experience.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2003
I moved into the nice neighborhood of Westlake with the intention of sending my kids to quality schools. Instead I am faced with some of the worst schools in the Sacramento region. Very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2003
This school needs all new staff and training. the front desk and over school is a mess. Students appear to be stressed and depressed. This unprofessional, unorganized school can be damaging to a growing Teenager. Everytime I've gone to the school I overhear an angry parent, or see 3-6 sad or sick students hanging around the front desk.The locker rooms have no showers, or drinking water. It's dark and dangerous and could cause injury and needs to be closed until they finsh. My calls and numerous emails go unanswered. I believe more than 95% of students will have disastrous experience here.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2003
I do admire the teachers and administration that serve this school, it is very uncomforting and unfortunate to see lack of responsibillity and leadership from the principal. While I do believe the intentions are well intended, the political 'schmoozing' within NUSD has highly affected the talent and effectiveness of its leaders. Words of wisdom, seek a quality education and rewards will be a plenty.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2003
Teachers do not show up for school on time and are not organized. I'm very sorry I sent my child to this school, I am looking at other choices. There must be a reason that three of my child's teachers have left and the first trimester is not even over yet. Not surprised that principal did nothing, he has yet to do anything that I have found to improve this school. I should have known we would have problems when they couldn't even get the schedules out before the first day of school, and now the website is gone and you can't email or get messages to the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2003
My child has had nothing but a disastrous experience at this under-achieving school. When another student began verbally and physically abusing him, I appealed to the principal, who basically did nothing about it. The teachers and administration are ignorant and disorganized. Your child's safety and education is at risk if you enroll them here. Whoever wrote the August 2003 review obviously has little or no standards for their child! Thug school! Beware!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2003
This school shows little or no discipline over the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2003
My child attended N.M.S. last year and had a horrible experience! She witnessed violence on the school bus that went virtually unpunished. The students still rode the bus, what about zero tolerance? She witnessed students yelling profanity at the staff with only 'time out' as punishment. She was bullied and ridiculed by other students because of her race. The staff did not punish these students and the problem lasted the entire school year. My child thankfully does not attend this school any longer. I would advise other parents to seek other options for their children.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2003
My daughter will be starting her 3rd year at Natomas Middle School, next week. I have had nothing but positive remarks for this school,its teachers and principal. The school is run on a very positive note. The teachers are very informative regarding my daughter. I feel that treating all kids equal and making them feel good about themselves is a high priority for this school. A+

- submitted by a parent
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Natomas Middle School
3200 North Park Drive, Sacramento, CA  95835
(916) 567-5540
Last modified Natomas Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Natomas Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 68 reviews. Top