Nine of our Novato Unified School District schools improved their Academic Performance Index scores this year, all elementary and middle schools have an API above 840, and both high schools had outstanding results on their 2012 Advanced Placement exams. While both high schools have incredible performing arts programs, student talent is developed long before high school.
San Jose Middle School recently showcased its Fall Follies and Pleasant Valley and Lu Sutton performed the Pirates of Penzance. Technology continues to be a focus at NUSD as we teach students 21st century skills. Hamilton middle school students are learning to use their iPads and teachers at San Marin High are using them to deliver instruction.
Great things are happening every day in all of our schools. The Novato community recognizes the excellence of our schools.
The angst in the community regarding the proposed charter school is causing a divisive atmosphere among neighbors and friends. NUSD has maintained a strong relationship with the Novato Charter School for 16 years. If a new charter school is approved, NUSD will make that, along with all NUSD schools, a school of learning for all children.
However, before any decision is made, NUSD has an obligation and requirement to objectively and thoroughly review the application. These factual findings will be based on the criteria outlined in Education Code 47605 and will be presented to the Board of Trustees at upcoming board meetings.
Here is the timeline for those meetings:
- The publc hearing will be held on Nov. 8. This is an opportunity for the board to hear from employees of the district and parents in our community about the merits of another charter school in Novato.
- On Dec. 4, staff will make a presentation to the board about its analysis of the charter application.
- If needed, the Dec. 4 meeting will be carried over to Dec. 11.
- On Dec. 18, staff will make a recommendation, and the board will vote on the charter school proposal.
— Dr. Shalee Cunningham, NUSD Superintendent