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

Natomas Pacific Pathways Middle and High School Charter 
County of: Sacramento
Civic Learning Award of: Excellence
Recognized for
A joint effort between Middle School and High School for their work in creating a school environment where students take an active role in understanding issues in their communities and using civic inquiry to promote lifelong civic participation. 

Civic Learning Description

At Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory School is a students are immersed in the teachings of democracy and community responsive learning through their law-themed curriculum. In High School students complete a service learning project at each grade level. The projects include a written reflection to assess the impact that community service has on student learning and growth. In Middle School students participate in Advisory where they complete career and college fair projects to expand their understanding of civic responsibilities in today's society. 

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

Ms. Lindsay Anzelc
(916) 567-5749