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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
7 - 12
Blended Grades

School Overview

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.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Natomas Charter School
Sacramento, California
95835 United States

Telephone: (916)-928-5353


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Blended Program Launched 2013