Students, Parents and Guardians,
We’re honored and proud to be your partner in preparing students for college and career. Natomas Unified is a growing district with a bright future. Our graduation rate far exceeded California’s state average last year. We were tops countywide in college access by graduating seniors. Our English Learners outperformed peers statewide. In California’s academic testing program, CAASPP, our students showed growth in both English and Math scores.
Among other highlights last year, Inderkum High and Leroy Greene Academy were recognized as among America’s best by a U.S. News & World Report analysis. NUSD voters approved Measure L to provide $172 million in future facility funds to enhance 21st century learning. Jefferson School students moved into refurbished classrooms as part of a school-wide modernization project. And NUSD celebrated language learner success that included 117 seniors earning the State Seal of Biliteracy and 342 students of all ages reclassified as fluent in English. These are just a few of many highlights.
The foundation is set to make the coming school year exceptional, too, perhaps our best ever, with positive changes that include:
- Newly adopted History and Social Science books for all district students through 8th grade
- Two new Career Technical Education Pathways – Public Safety at Inderkum High and Building & Construction Trades at Natomas High
- New elementary school report cards to communicate student academic and social-emotional progress to parents and guardians
- 8th grade classes offered at American Lakes, Bannon Creek and Jefferson schools, completing a three-year process to convert from elementary to K-8 facilities in which kids can nurture relationships from early childhood until they leave for high school
- Addition of Assistant Principals at American Lakes and Bannon Creek schools as all former South Natomas elementary schools continue their planning to offer a rigorous and distinct academic specialty – Dual Immersion, International Baccalaureate (IB), or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
- Site grading for a new Paso Verde School, with building construction anticipated throughout the year
These improvements will enhance NUSD’s existing system, which offers educational options designed to meet individual students and needs, including: An IB continuum at H. Allen Hight Elementary, Natomas Middle, and Inderkum High; a rigorous AP Capstone program at Natomas High that emphasizes critical thinking and analysis; and Career Technical Education Pathways in Health, Engineering, Broadcast Media, Digital Media, Hospitality, Transportation, Business Entrepreneurship, and Visual Arts & Technology.
Thank you for your continued support of NUSD. We’re committed to providing your child with a high-quality education and responding quickly to questions, needs and concerns. We also know that mistakes happen. If you run into barriers or frustrations while trying to get answers you need, start by calling your own school, but if problems remain unresolved, contact Constituent and Customer Services (CCS) at (916) 561-5253 or by email at [email protected].
Call us at (916) 567-5401
Chris Evans, Superintendent
About the Superintendent
Beginning his seventh 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, Primary 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 won two national awards from the College Board 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/Hospitality 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 a recent NUSD graduate, a past NUSD graduate, and a student currently attending a district school.