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About ECA

Fast Facts

Available to grades 9-12

Currently serves ~120 students

Learning center and classrooms are located on the NCS main campus, 4600 Blackrock Road, Sacramento. Classes are held in person, coursework is completed and submitted online.

About ECA

The Early College Academy of Natomas Charter School is a college-style hybrid academy for students in grades 9-12. ECA  offers teacher-designed curriculum delivered through a combination of online and classroom based instruction.  ECA students take advantage of the flexibility provided by an online classroom to complete online modules, participate in online discussions, and complete written assignments online when it fits into their daily schedule. Online assignments are enhanced with weekly classroom based workshops. During class, students complete wet labs, participate in Socratic discussions, work with small groups, and engage in hands-on learning experiences. ECA allows students to engage in a small, collaborative learning community unlike any other. The learning center allows students to work in a shared space that mimics that of a college student union, rather than a traditional high school campus. ECA students defy traditional high school norms to create lasting friendships across social divides.



Who Does Well In ECA?

ECA is ideal for independent, motivated students who want or need a flexible schedule while preparing themselves for college and life. The program’s flexible schedule allows students to complete daily school work before rehearsals, dance classes, or team practices. ECA is also ideal for students  who wish to dual enroll in community college courses during a typical school day. Other students simply appreciate being able to complete their school work when they are at their personal best. Parents often find that when their student's schedule is no longer dictated by a school bell schedule or homework in the evening that their family becomes more calm and relaxed.