NATOMAS CHARTER SCHOOL

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4600 BLACKROCK DR
SACRAMENTO, CA 95835
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Phone: 916-928-5353
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 12th Grade
  • District: Natomas Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher:
  • Students/Grade: 76.9
  • Number Students: 1000
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5970
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Ting Sun
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (90 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (73 Reviews)
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    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-23
    "As a former teacher in PFAA, I would not recommend this school to anyone. The administration treats teachers very poorly. Teachers are disposable and they feel like they are too, which is why so many teachers resign year after year. Also, teachers are "asked" to change grading policies and student grades, which is against Edcode as only teachers can assign grades. If you're a teacher seeking employment, please notice the high number of job postings this school offers years after year. There is a reason and you should not apply. If you're a parent, consider the constant shift of teachers as unstable for your child. Also, not all teachers at this school have a teaching credential because it is not required in a charter school. This can lead to inexperienced teachers who are teaching outside of their subject area or who have no idea how to manage a classroom. Academics are not valued nearly as much as the arts are and your child will not receive a strong academic foundation. Overall, given the opportunity, whether you are a teacher, parent, or student- choose another school! -A former PFAA teacher now working at a wonderful school where I am valued"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-22
    "Despite the personal attacks here, PACT is making changes for the good of all children. Yes, sometimes long time teachers have to go- but it has been our experience that this happens at any school when teachers refuse to teach ALL kids, not just the ones they like best. PACT has changed class formats to make room for more students, to open registration in a fair way and to spend more time helping parents homeschool. Why choose a homeschool program then put your kid in 10 classes? That isn't homeschool, that is avoiding traditional school. My daughter is excited for Minecraft history and also for writing, science and dance- all of which are still at PACT along with 70+ other classes. If you want to homeschool with support, with enrichment and field trips and social opportunities, this is the place. If you want more of the same, more old school sheltering, fear and 19th century strategies, this isn't the school for you."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-21
    "Natomas Charter has 5 schools under it's umbrella. My child goes to PFAA (performing arts school). I know quite a few children from his grade.For the past 3 years all have told me how much they love PFAA and don't want to miss a day.That speaks volumes. Besides the academics and arts offered, students are not allowed to disrupt classrooms in anyway, resulting in the whole class period being productive.It gives the students necessary skills they will need in high school.A Technology class is given 6th grade where they learn various programs and will be able to type at least 30 words a minute by the end of the year.They teach students to be organized, comfortable communicating with their teachers, responsible for their success and to give back to the community.They do all this in an environment that is truly free of bullying. A C average is required. This school has expectations and makes them very clear to all students from the start. As a result, students rise to the occasion and excel.The growth I've seen in my child, both academically and personally, has been astounding.If that is your child is a performing arts kid, this school will be a great fit, academically and creatively."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-17
    "It's unfortunate that I write this review because I have been a supporter of PACT for a few years. We have enjoyed the classes, teachers, advisors and students. With that being said, we had some changes to the school this year which seems to be spearheaded from our new administrator. With little to no insight from parents and advisors, the new administrator made drastic changes to the classes being offered. In addition, they let go of a well loved teacher who devoted her career to PACT for 17 years. The advisors are being treated poorly and you sense a "if you don't accept my rules then you are out the door" atmosphere. Unfortunately this discontent is not mine alone and I hear from many other parents that this is not what they want. The saddest part is the morale of the school has change. Once a place that felt like a community is now separated by the tension between the administrator and the advisors, teachers and parents. It's very unfortunate the new administrator has taken an "it's my way or the highway" attitude. I'm not sure if it's hers alone or coming from upper management but either way it's a shame that a once great school is being subjected to poor management."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-17
    "PACT has fundamentally changed for the worse due to the unchecked, unilateral decisions of its head administrator who has continually kept parents, advisers, and teachers in the dark. Originally, PACT's desired to support and assist parents with how they sought to homeschool - offering semester and year-long classes along side shorter enrichment classes that created a unique learning environment and community. However, changes were announced in early 2014 that year-long classes (such as Kindergarten and 1st Grade) would be eliminated and replaced by 7-week "unit study" classes which could be repeated continually without any change in content. Furthermore, classes like Creative Writing would be replaced with "Minecraft History" or "Zombie Geography." These changes were implemented without input or involvement from parents and were told the new direction PACT was taking was not up for debate. Continual deceit and underhandedness by the Administration is exemplified by the most recent action: the a much-beloved teacher of 17 years "will be leaving to spend more time with her family" when, in actuality, she was terminated without notice to her on the first day of summer break."
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