Summer vacation may be over for students in Natomas Unified School District, but there were still plenty of smiles and excitement as students started the new school year on Wednesday, August 7.
For the first time, 8th graders will be on the campuses of American Lakes, Bannon Creek, and Jefferson elementary schools. These three schools have completed a three-year process to convert from elementary to K-8 schools which allow students the option to remain in their school community from the early years until they leave for high school. Heron School is already a K-8 school, and Paso Verde will become a full K-8 next year.
NUSD’s high school students now have more access to gain 21st-century skills in competitive, growing industries with the addition of the new Public Safety Pathway at Inderkum High School and the Building and Construction Trades at Natomas High School. Both Career Technical Pathways are open to all NUSD high school students regardless of which high school they attend. Angel, a junior at Natomas High School enrolled in the Building and Construction Trades Pathway because of the competitive edge that it gives him among his peers. “I was intrigued by how the program would teach me the foundation of construction and how I would know more than anyone else which could mean higher pay in a job,” said Angel. He added, “All the machinery and everything that we get to use is cool. Plus, it’s a nice building.”
NUSD now has a total of 10 pathways for students to access in addition to other educational options such as International Baccaulearate beginning in elementary through high school and a rigorous AP Capstone program that emphasizes critical thinking and analysis. To learn more about the many programs offered to families in the early years, including preschool all the way through high school, visit the district website at www.natomasunified.org.