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Accomplishments and Recognitions

  • Remains a leader in Sacramento County for high graduation rates, low dropout rates, and the percentage of graduates meeting requirements to enroll in the University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) systems.
  • Continues to expand access to programs that support college and career readiness including International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, Advancement Placement (AP) coursework, and AVID programs.
  • 1:3 NUSD Students attend an International Baccalaureate Authorized school.
  • Opened first Dual Immersion program, Heredia-Arriaga School, in fall of 2023.
  • Continues partnerships with American River College to expand Dual Enrollment opportunities for high school students.
  • Continues to provide access to take the PSAT and SAT at no cost to students during the school day at their respective high schools.


  • For two years in a row, NUSD has paid the first CSU and UC application fee for students eligible to apply.
  • California School Board Association (CSBA) presented district with Golden Bell Award (2022) for best practices in Career Technical Education.
  • Expanded Career Technical Education Pathways with the most recent additions - Cosmetology, Music Production, Building and Construction Trades, and Public Safety.
  • Discovery High School recognized for as a Model Continuation High School.
  • Added full-time social workers at all schools to support the increasing needs of students and families and an additional social worker dedicated to the needs of Foster and Unhoused youth.
  • Launched the Natomas Mobile Health Clinic which travels to provide basic health care needs for youth.
  • Grand opening of the new B. Teri Burns Health Clinic to open in 2024.
  • Developed a Diverse Teacher Recruitment Program and Aspiring Leaders Program that identifies a pipeline of new teachers and administrators who reflect Natomas’ diverse student population and who have life experiences that will benefit all student groups
  • English Language Development (ELD) Apprentice program to develop Quality Teaching for English Learners (Certified QTEL Teachers)
  • Installed NUSD Connect, Wi-Fi towers at each school, to provide internet access at home to families who need it at no cost
  • 1:1 access for Chromebooks, allowing all students to take technology home each day with access to academic and social-emotional supports such as virtual tutoring and social skills groups 
  • Continued community-support for the enhancement of school facilities with the passage of Measure J and Measure L school bond projects to fund construction, renovation, security, and other projects