Superintendent Chris Evans
About the Superintendent:
Beginning his sixth year at Natomas Unified, Supt. Chris Evans oversees a growing, diverse district of 15,000 students located several miles north of the Capitol. Since his arrival, NUSD has received World School Authorization for its International Baccalaureate Diploma, Primary and Middle Years Programmes. The district also has been selected to offer the AP Capstone Diploma program at Natomas High; has seen Two Rivers Elementary chosen as a Caifornia Distinguished School by the state Department of Education; and has been named by the College Board to its Gaston Caperton Honor Roll for providing rigorous academic opportunities to underrepresented students. NUSD is committed to providing students with numerous college and career readiness options, ranging from Culinary Arts to Robotics, Engineering, Visual Arts, Business/Marketing, Broadcasting, and a pathway to Health-care careers. Mr. Evans’ Sacramento roots extend back to his college days, when he attended CSU Sacramento. A Natomas resident, the superintendent is the proud father of a recent NUSD graduate and two other students currently attending district schools.
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Message From the Superintendent
I want to personally welcome you back to Natomas Unified and point to some of the reasons we’re so excited about 2017-18 and expect a banner year of preparing students for college and career success.
We’re clearly a district on the move. More students than ever before are graduating from our high schools, fewer students are dropping out, and NUSD is first countywide in the percentage of high school students meeting college admission requirements, state data shows.
The most extensive outreach effort in NUSD history – input from 2,416 stakeholders – resulted in a five-year strategic plan, “The Next 5,” adopted recently by the Board of Trustees to address district goals ranging from college readiness to increasing student success in Math, Science, English Language Arts, Literacy and Civics.
We’re launching a new elementary school this year in North Natomas, Paso Verde, that will offer a rigorous curriculum focusing on STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics – and will work toward becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. Paso Verde will serve Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade this year at an interim site. It will expand to TK-8 – and a new campus will be built – over the next few years.
South Natomas elementary schools also are beginning a transition to K-8, allowing students at Bannon Creek, American Lakes and Jefferson schools to stay at one campus until high school and nurture longtime friendships and staff support.
Construction is nearly complete on a two-story classroom building at Natomas Park Elementary and a Culinary Arts classroom at Discovery High, where an outdoor dining area is planned as well. Crews also are building six classrooms and three labs at Heron School. Westlake Charter School’s new campus will open this year, and site work has begun to replace portable classrooms at NP3. These improvements are the latest in millions of dollars in construction or renovation projects since voter passage of Measure J in 2014. This year’s efforts follow projects last year at Natomas High, Bannon Creek, Leroy Greene Academy, Two Rivers Elementary, and multiple safety and security adjustments across the district.
For the second year in a row, NUSD has secured grant funds to expand its preschool program. Ninety-six new students will be accepted into half-day sessions at Witter Ranch and Two Rivers elementary schools.
NUSD continues to offer a K-12 International Baccalaureate continuum at H. Allen Hight Elementary, Natomas Middle School, and Inderkum High. It also offers rigorous academic pathways at other secondary schools, including Engineering and Medical pathways at Natomas High School, and pathways in Visual Arts/Technology and Business/Entrepreunership at Leroy Greene Academy.
We are committed to providing your child with a high-quality education and to respond quickly to questions or concerns. Call your own school first, but if you cannot get the answers you need, contact Constituent and Customer Services (CCS) at 561-5253 or [email protected]. Thank you for your continued support of NUSD.
Supt. Chris Evans