Superintendent Chris Evans
About the Superintendent:
Finishing his fifth 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 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.
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Message From the Superintendent
With the school year more than halfway over, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the recent past and our bright future as NUSD celebrates its 25th Anniversary as a unified district.
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.
We’re taking steps now to make our schools even better and, with the Natomas building moratorium lifted, we’re setting the stage to enroll thousands of new students over the next decade.
Through voter-approved school bonds, NUSD opened Natomas Charter School’s Star Academy last summer and began construction of a new Westlake Charter School. It plans to open a new elementary school next year, Paso Verde, at an interim site in northwest Natomas. New classroom buildings have been completed or are under way at Bannon Creek, Heron and Natomas Park elementary schools. Facility improvements have been made throughout the district. Meanwhile, school bonds from 2007 and 2008 were refinanced at a lower interest to save taxpayers $5.74 million over the remaining payment period.
NUSD is in the process of crafting a new five-year strategic plan, “The Next 5,” after gathering feedback from parents, students, staff and stakeholders about areas in which the district should stay the course or make adjustments to benefit all schools in the years ahead.
For the first time ever, NUSD began this school 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 launched 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 also expanded its career technical pathways by creating a Broadcast Media program at Inderkum High School, and by launching an Emergency Medical Technician class at Natomas High to train graduates for jobs as EMTs. Other unique academic or career options already exist at each middle and high school: Engineering and Health pathways at Natomas High; Culinary Arts at Discovery High; 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.
NUSD secured state funds to nearly double the number of preschool classes it offers by expanding to Natomas Park and H. Allen Hight elementary schools this year.
All schools received more resources this year to address students’ individual academic, health and social-emotional needs. Every campus has a full-time psychologist, for example, and all elementary, middle and comprehensive high schools have a full-time health assistant.
It’s truly an exciting time for Natomas Unified School District. We look forward to continuing to help all students meet 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