Originally approved by the Natomas Unified School District Board of Trustees in the spring of 1993, Natomas Charter School (NCS) is the 19th charter to be numbered in the state of California. NCS was a school created from “the ground up” to serve a diverse number of students in the Natomas Unified School District and the surrounding Sacramento area.
Today, Natomas Charter School is considered one of the most reputable public charter schools in California. Instead of creating one educational academy to try to meet the needs of every student, NCS created several academies under one charter, each of which is tailored to the unique needs of its specific student population. Now comprised of five "schools within the school,” NCS has grown from 80 students in 1993 to over 1700 students today in five very diverse and innovative academic academies, spanning grades TK-12:
1) The 6th-8th grade “Leading Edge” (LE) Academy focused on technology, community involvement and thematic/project-based learning.
2) The K-8th grade "Pursuing Academic Choices Together" (PACT), a program that supports homeschool parents with a credentialed teacher and provides standards-based curriculum/guidelines, classes/workshops, field trips in addition to a 7th and 8th grade hybrid pathway.
3) The 6th-12 grade Performing and Fine Arts Academy (PFAA), which offers a college-preparatory curriculum along with intensive arts training for all students enrolled.
4) The 9-12th grade “Virtual Learning Academy” (VLA) hybrid academy combines the best of asynchronous and face to face learning experiences to provide students with the flexibility of an online academy and the community of a traditional school academy.
5) The TK-5th grade “Star Academy”, a primary and intermediate grade program emphasizing critical thinking and creativity in math, science, literacy, and second language enrichment with content area specialists.
Although each of its five academies is unique and innovative in its own way, all of Natomas Charter School’s academies follow the same mission and philosophy outlined in the school’s enabling charter. In 2016 the “Natomas Charter School’s Vision, Mission and Shared Beliefs” document was created communicate our shared beliefs and vision.
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In 2014-2015 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
In 2014-2015 California tested students using the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), administered through the online Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. These are comprehensive, end-of-year assessments of grade-level learning that measure progress toward college and career readiness. Each test, English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics is comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) a performance task; administered within a 12-week window beginning at 66 percent of the instructional year for grades three through eight, or within in a 7-week window beginning at 80 percent of the instructional year for grade eleven. The summative assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and mathematics. The tests capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing—efficient and precise measurement across the full range of achievement and timely turnaround of results.