School Details

Natomas Charter School

4600 Blackrock Drive, Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 928-5353
8

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-12 1375 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
65%
65%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
62%
60%
53%
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65%
68%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
60%
60%
66%
53%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
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83%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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57%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
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  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Natomas Charter School is a charter high school in Sacramento. The principal of Natomas Charter School is Charlie Leo, who can be contacted at cleo@natomascharter.org. 1,375 children attend Natomas Charter School and identify mostly as Filipino; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 3% of the Natomas Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 23% of the 1,375 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Natomas Charter School is 16:1. Inderkum High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 39% 22%
Unspecified 3% 3%
Hispanic 20% 28%
Asian 18% 13%
Multiracial 12% %
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 25%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 12285%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 55%
Limited English proficiency 3% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    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.

  • (9 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school the high school program has such a strong sense of community. It's a great place to learn and teach.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Natomas Charter School. Best administrative and teachers. We have to move another country. We will miss NCS. Thank you.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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!!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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!!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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).

  • (2 years ago)

    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".

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

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