Office of the Chief Academic Officer

Office of the Chief Academic Officer

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Welcome to the new web page for the Office of the Chief Academic Officer! We are still making updates, but feel free to take a look around to get familiar with the areas and services under this department.

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Connecting Services to Our Learning Community

The Office of the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) is a team of staff committed to providing integrated support to our students, families and staff–our “learning community”. We work with school sites and families to implement training, programs, services and opportunities intended to encourage student growth and achievement. We believe that it is our responsibility to focus on supporting all NUSD students to graduate as college and career ready, productive, responsible, and engaged global citizens. We believe that through an integrated approach to providing service, we promote more effective practices within our office, district and community.

Below is a list of areas that we support. Each area will take you to information and/or resources. In addition, for each area we support, you will find relevant contact information if you need more assistance.

Adult Education

Adult Education exists to eliminate barriers and enhance opportunities for students’ lifelong growth in their academic, professional and personal endeavors. Learn more about Adult Education in NUSD.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. The program consists of college-level courses developed by the AP Program. Taking AP courses and exams can help students: Stand out on college applications. AP courses on a student’s transcript show that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. And success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework. Earn college credit and/or skip introductory courses in college. Most four-year colleges and universities grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores.

Learn more about AP Capstone.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Regardless of their life circumstances, AVID students overcome obstacles and achieve success. They graduate and attend college at higher rates, but more importantly, they can think critically, collaborate, and set high expectations to confidently conquer the challenges that await them. Learn more about AVID in NUSD.

After-School Programs

NUSD partners with several agencies to provide after-school programs that focus on a broad range of supports for students. Based on the program and the school, these programs can offer a variety of enrichment activities, educational supports, mentorship and family connection. Learn more about After-School Programs in NUSD.

Athletics

NUSD is proud to invest in extracurricular activities for students of all ages. From sports teams at the elementary level competing in a local district league to high school athletic teams vying for state championships, there are so many ways for students to be connected even more to their schools. Learn more about athletics in NUSD.

Career Technical Education (CTE)

Career Technical Education prepares students for lifelong skills.

Natomas Unified School District offers an array of Career Technical Education pathways at our high school sites. CTE pathways enable students to gain knowledge and experience through career-themed courses and pathways to help prepare them for options in both higher education and careers. All NUSD CTE pathways allow students to meet graduation requirements, UC/CSU ‘a-g’ requirements, and some even provide students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school. Learn more about the 8 different CTE “career clusters” represented in NUSD schools.

College & Career Readiness

Now more than ever, we recognize the importance of not only preparing students for success with further education, but for advancement in careers. Learn more about what college and career readiness means in NUSD.

District Events

We strive to engage our families and community in a variety of ways. Don’t forget to check our your student’s school events calendar at their school website as well. Learn more about events in NUSD.

Early Learning

In many ways, “early learning” can catapult students to higher achievement and overall success as they grow. Students in preschool through 2nd grade are exposed to opportunities and experiences that pave the way for their continued success. Learn more about Early Learning in NUSD.

English Learners (EL)

There are many programs and services to help students who do not speak, read, write or understand English well as a result of English not being their home language. The overall goal of the various programs is to improve the English language skills of English Learner students, Immigrant students, Migrant students and provide information to their parents about services available.

Learn more about the EL programs and services available in NUSD.

Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)

The California Department of Education (CDE) administers the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program, which provides funding for local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop unique education opportunities for high-achieving and underachieving pupils in the California public elementary and secondary schools. Each school district’s governing board determines the criteria it will use to identify students for participation in the GATE program. Categories for identification may include one or more of the following: intellectual, creative, specific academic, or leadership ability; high achievement; performing and visual arts talent; or any other criterion that meets the standards set forth by the State Board of Education (SBE). Learn more about GATE in NUSD.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

For students aged 3-19. IB programmes challenge students to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and academic achievement. IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, openminded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success. This is the IB’s educational philosophy. Learn more about IB in NUSD:

IB Diploma Programme

Middle Years Programme

Primary Years Programme

Math Placement Policy

The California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 requires school districts that serve pupils entering grade nine and that have not already done so to adopt “a fair, objective, and transparent mathematics placement policy” before the beginning of the 2016–17 school year. The mathematics placement policy must be adopted in a regularly scheduled public meeting. Learn more about the math placement policy adopted in NUSD.

Mentorship Programs

Information coming soon.

NUSD Course Catalog for Secondary Schools

In a continuing effort to support parents and students, NUSD has developed a districtwide course catalog. This course catalog provides some basic information about our district, college and career readiness, parent resources, student programs and finally a list of courses offered amongst our high schools.

Learn more about NUSD’s Course Catalog.

Parent University & Other Resources

The purpose of Parent University is to engage, develop, and empower parents through partnerships with school communities and Natomas Unified to help their students achieve success. Learn more about Parent University and other resources available to families in NUSD.

Restorative Justice

A Restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm. Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right.

Safety

Information coming soon.

Staff Development & Training

Information coming soon.

Staff Resources

Staff resources for Natomas Unified School District employees.

Student Code of Conduct

Link to Student Code of Coduct for the 2019-20 school year.

Student & Family Engagement

Whether you are a parent, caregiver, member of the community or a Natomas Unified School District employee, our mission is to engage with you as we strive to support every child becoming college and career ready. The CORE components that drive our work are Collaboration, Opportunities, Relationships and Empowerment. Learn more about Student and Family Engagement in NUSD.

Summer Programs

Natomas Unified School District offers Summer Program (formally known as Summer School). In order to meet the academic needs of our students, Summer Program is an invitation-only program. Eligibility to attend will be based on multiple academic measures, including testing, spring report cards, and teacher recommendations.

Support to Schools

Information coming soon.

We look forward to serving you and wish you the best school year yet in 2019-20!

Angela HerreraChief Academic Officer
(916) 567-5444

Carley Borrelli, Administrative Assistant – Confidential

Pat Hargreaves, Administrative Assistant