The Natomas Unified School District, named the second most diverse school district in the nation in a 2009 New York Times study, is located just minutes north of downtown Sacramento and the State Capitol in California’s Central Valley. Sacramento is the seventh largest city in California and has been cited as one of the ten “most livable” regions in America.
Our region is bounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east and the San Francisco Bay to the west. The climate is mild and pleasant. There are numerous recreational, cultural and civic activities year round within driving distance. Only 90 minutes from Lake Tahoe for wintertime skiing and 90 minutes from both the San Francisco bay area and the Napa Valley wine country, Sacramento is an ideal location for year-round activities. Sleep Train Arena, home court to the Sacramento Kings, is located in Natomas. Sacramento International Airport is within the bounds of the Natomas area. Numerous higher education institutions are in the area, including California State University, Sacramento, a University of Phoenix campus in Natomas and the University of California, Davis, is located 15 miles west of the Capitol. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is located in the city of Sacramento.
The Natomas community has much to be excited about! Natomas Unified is a growing district, with strong new programs and options for students and their families. Elementary Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) is deepening, with more students, expanded teacher training, and parent support nights scheduled throughout the year. International Baccalaureate candidate programmes exist at H. Allen Hight Elementary, Natomas Middle School and Inderkum High School. The District has new career-based programs in Culinary Arts and Auto Technology. Natomas High School (NHS) has an emerging Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program that has received local and state accolades for its robotics. NHS also has a myriad of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, including a new class for freshmen (AP Human Geography). Last year, The College Board recognized Natomas Unified as an AP Honor Roll District, one of a limited number of districts in the nation to receive this honor. Yes, there is a lot to be proud of and excited about.