Natomas Unified wants students to attend a middle or high school that best fits their individual interests or needs.
So families are invited to attend Secondary Showcase Night to learn what makes each middle and high school special or unique. The event is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Natomas High School, 3301 Fong Ranch Road.
The showcase is ideal for 5th– through 8th-grade students and their parents or guardians, but all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. It’s never too soon to plan for the future. Both charter and non-charter schools within NUSD boundaries will be represented.
A campus spotlight, not a competition, Secondary Showcase Night is structured so that students and parents can wander from table to table, getting all their questions answered, in one place, at one time.
The focus will be on academic programs, Career Technical Education pathways, elective courses, extracurricular activities, and other highlights. Compare, contrast and kick the tires a little bit.
Each middle and high school has something special to tout.
Inderkum High, for example, can point to its International Baccalaureate (IB) program, its Broadcast Media Arts pathway, its award-winning music program, and its California Early College Academy Program (CECA) that enables high school students to take college classes at American River College.
Natomas High offers a prestigious Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma Program that allows students to earn college credits while practicing problem-solving and critical-thinking. The school also offers a robust AP program, academic pathways in Engineering, Health, and Digital Arts, and an Emergency Medical Technician course that trains students to be professional EMTs.
Next year, two new NUSD pathways are planned: Public Safety for Inderkum students, and Building & Construction Trades at Natomas High but open to high school students from throughout the district.
Leroy Greene Academy, NUSD’s only district-operated charter, offers dual academic pathways in Visual Arts/Technology and in Business/Entrepreneurship. Every member of its senior class last year qualified to enroll in a four-year college or university.
Discovery High School is known for its Culinary Arts class, a career-oriented program for students who enjoy cooking. A new classroom teaching kitchen and comfortable dining areas – indoor and outdoor – were added to the campus recently.
Among middle schools, Natomas Middle School has an IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) – a partnership with Inderkum – that offers challenging academic courses, promotes 21st century analytical skills, and models community service.
Natomas Charter, Westlake, and Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3) also are known for rigorous academic programs and engaging student programs to enhance college and career readiness. For more information about Secondary Showcase Night, call (916) 567-5828.