Superintendent Chris Evans
About the Superintendent:
Starting his fifth year at Natomas Unified, Supt. Chris Evans oversees a growing, diverse district of nearly 15,000 students located several miles north of the Capitol. Since his arrival, NUSD has received World School Authorization for its International Baccalaureate Diploma 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 three NUSD students.
For questions other than direct questions to the Superintendent, support to Natomas Unified constituents is always available at our Constituent and Customer Services Office.
Message From the Superintendent
I want to welcome you back to Natomas Unified and point to some of the reasons we’re so excited about 2016-17. Approaching our Silver Anniversary marking 25 years as a unified district, we’re growing, our future is bright, and the stage is set for a banner year of preparing students for college and career success.
We’re proud of state data last year showing that record numbers of NUSD students are graduating, fewer are dropping out, measurable progress is being made toward closing the achievement gap, and more high school students than ever before are completing admission requirements for colleges and universities.
For the first time ever, NUSD is beginning classes this year with a fully accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) program at H. Allen Hight Elementary School, Natomas Middle School and Inderkum High School. A student entering NUSD in Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (TK) can take IB-related courses every year through high school graduation.
Natomas High School is launching a separate, rigorous diploma program, AP Capstone, featuring some of the most challenging coursework offered at the high school level to emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills vital for college and 21st century jobs.
Our District is expanding its career technical pathways by creating a Broadcast Media program at Inderkum High School led by Melissa May (Crowley), longtime TV journalist. Other unique academic or career options already exist at each middle and high school: Engineering and Health pathways at Natomas High School; Culinary Arts at Discovery High School; Robotics and Automation at Natomas Gateways Middle School; Visual Arts/Technology and Business/Marketing at Leroy Greene Academy; and IB at both Inderkum and Natomas Middle School.
Thanks to voter approval of the Measure J school bond in 2014, millions of dollars in construction and facility improvement projects are under way or will be soon. They vary from campus to campus but include security fencing projects, library remodels, classroom construction, and reconfiguration of a crowded parking lot.
NUSD has secured state funds to nearly double the number of preschool classes it offers by expanding to Natomas Park and H. Allen Hight elementary schools, which cumulatively will serve nearly 100 young children.
All schools will have more resources this year to address students’ individual academic, health and social-emotional needs. Every campus will have a full-time psychologist, for example, and all elementary, middle and comprehensive high schools will have a full-time health assistant. Other staff resources will be available, too, by reallocating existing funds and cutting two Ed Center management positions.
We look forward to serving you in the coming year, committed to our Board-approved Vision that, “All NUSD students graduate as college and career ready, productive, responsible, and engaged global citizens.”
Thank you for your support of NUSD schools.
Supt. Chris Evans