Natomas Unified Opens 2013-14 Enrollment Early

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The Natomas Unified School District got a jump on the 2013-14 school year by opening enrollment earlier this month.

The district also launched an online enrollment preferences survey meant to help families choose their child’s school for the coming year.

Information from completed enrollment paperwork and the preferences survey will be used by the school district officials to prepare teachers and campuses for the coming year.

Traditionally, the Natomas Unified School District has enrolled new and returning students in March. But last year, the district started accepting applications in January like its neighbors.

Current Sacramento City Unified 6th graders who will be 7th graders in 2013-2014, as well as students currently in grades 7 – 11, can apply for admission Jan. 28, 2013 to Feb. 8, 2013 (while an enrollment period for grades K-5 has not yet been set). And kindergarten enrollments starts Jan. 15 at schools in the Twin Rivers Unified School District.

Registration opened Dec. 10 in Natomas and the separate, online school preferences survey is meant to give the Natomas school district direct feedback from families where they would like their child to attend school.

The site asks for the student‘s name, what grade they will be entering, current school and desired school. Data sheets on the district’s eight traditional elementary schools, two traditional high schools, traditional middle school and dependent charter school are also accessible on the site for reference. 

The district is allowing families to pick any school regardless of where they live.

Natomas Unified School District officials hope a large percentage of its families participate in the survey which also asks whether they would prefer to move their student to one of the dependent charter programs, private school or leave the district altogether.

“The start of registration … is quite a bit earlier than previous years and we are trying to be much more accessible to the community,” said Brent Johnson, director of Student Support Services.

In a cover letter for Natomas Unified registration forms, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Adrian Palazuelos points to new programs set for the 2013-14 year including full-day kindergarten in all classes at all school sites, International Baccalaureate candidate programs at Inderkum High School, Natomas Middle School, and H. Allen Hight, as well as the ongoing Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics program at Natomas High.

District officials said the goal is to eliminate mandatory transfers which can occur when a school site’s teaching staff does not meet the needs of students enrolled there.

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