Civic Learning Award: Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory Middle/High School

Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory Middle/High School  

Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory Middle/High School

 Middle and High School Charter 
 County of: Sacramento
 Civic Learning Award of: Excellence
 Recognized for: Their law-themed curriculum which creates a positive school climate as well as a rigorous and relevant course of study. 

Civic Learning Description

Natomas Pacific Pathways Middle/High School Charter (NP³) is a law-themed charter school where students are immersed in programs such as Mock Trial, Moot Court and Operation Protect & Defend. Middle school students have the opportunity to engage in civic duties through their Advisory Program. High school students complete a rigorous four-year law and civics program. By graduation, NP³ students complete twice the number of social science courses mandated by the state.

Research-Based Civic Education Practices

This school demonstrates the following research-based best practices in civic education. For more information on research-based best practices, visit the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools website.

  • Provide instruction in government, history, law and democracy, and avoid teaching only rote facts about dry procedures.
  • Discuss current local, national and international issues and events in the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.
  • Conduct community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom (Service-learning).
  • Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities.
  • Encourage student participation in school governance.
  • Encourage students’ participation in simulations of democratic process and procedures such as voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy.

     

Contact Information

Tom Rutten
trutten@natomas.k12.ca.us
3700 Del Paso Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 826-5966

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