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 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.
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 and Mentoring 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 and Mentoring Programs in NUSD.
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 and Career Access and 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Human Resources Department recruits, hires, trains, and retains high quality staff who are committed, collaborative, caring, and exemplary. Visit the Human Resources webpage to learn more.
The Information Technology Department manages technology resources for teaching, learning, work and operations.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Research and Data
The Research and Data Department manages student information systems, assessments, surveys, reports, and registration/enrollment for new students. Our five priorities below detail our work and resources available to our students, staff, and community.
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.
School Safety and Student Behavior
Natomas Unified School District consistently and actively pursues opportunities to improve the safety of our students and our schools. Learn more about School Safety and Student Behavior.
Staff Development & Training
Professional Development for NUSD staff is offered and tracked via MyNUSD Portal. Please log in to the portal to review and sign up for trainings.
Staff resources for Natomas Unified School District employees.
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.
Natomas Unified School District offers Summer School to provide increase access, opportunity and time to ensure our students remain on track for college and career readiness.
Support to Schools
Parents, guardians and students are encouraged to explore their school’s personalized digital backpack. Each school’s digital backpack will be updated throughout the 2020-2021 school year as information and resources become available.