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
3700 Del Paso Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 826-5966