Natomas Charter School was founded with the intent to provide parents and students with an expanded choice in the type of educational opportunities available. The school is founded on the belief that active parental involvement is in the school’s program is a key component to student success. Because the charter’s mission is to provide unique learning opportunities to its students, the school needs committed parents who are willing to assist the staff and faculty in making this happen. To this end, the charter requires that all parents sign a contract stating that they will donate at least 30 hours a year to assisting the Virtual Learning Academy in achieving its mission (students joining the program later in the year will have hours prorated). Parents’ active participation has been essential to this program’s success and is one of the main ingredients that makes our program different. The parent commitment is fulfilled by completing the following items throughout the year:
- 2 hours- Attend New or Returning Student/Parent Orientation.
- 18 hours- Support your student in work completion, weekly work review, and signing of the assignment sheet with your student. (30 minutes a week).
- 10 hours- Volunteer at the school and/or attend parent meetings, Back to School Night, or other parent workshops. Parents are encouraged to add their ideas and talents to a variety of aspects of the school's program. These hours must be logged on a Parent Participation Record form and signed by a VLA staff member. The forms are available at the VLA front desk or on the Natomas Charter School –VLA website.
- Check student progress (grades and attendance) on Powerschool at http://powerschool.natomas.k12.ca.us/public/.
- Maintain contact with school/teacher (as needed to assist your student)
- Help your student find transportation to and from school.
- Ensure that your student has a quiet study place and adequate time to study weekly.