Civic Learning Award: Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3)

Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3)

Natomas Unified School District
County of: Sacramento
Civic Learning Award of: Distinction

Recognized for: Law curriculum (with emphasis on Constitutional Law), Advisory Program, and Peer Sentencing Court. NP3 previously won the Civic Learning Award of Distinction in 2013.

Civic Learning Description

Law is the theme at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3), with a required four year curriculum at its core. Students at NP3 take one law-specific class a year. The 11th grade Constitutional Law class prepares students for participation in Operation Protect and Defend, a program which brings judges and lawyers into classrooms to discuss current constitutional issues. NP3 Students cultivate a lifetime commitment to civic engagement throughout their four-year Advisory program. The program supports student participation in civic activities at the school, community, regional, national, and global level. Lastly, NP3 students have the unique opportunity to participate in Peer Sentencing Court, a law and leadership class where students, under supervision of law students and credentialed staff, practice legal hearing processes and procedures that include research, writing, analysis, and public speaking.

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
3700 Del Paso Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95834