McGeorge School of Law

Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Wins State Award

May 3, 2011

Natomas Pacific Pathways

The Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep mock trial team at the Schaber Courthouse.

Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep, an Educational Pipeline school and partner with the University of the Pacific and McGeorge, will be honored this month as a California Distinguished School 2011 by the California Department of Education.

NP3, a law-themed public charter school, was one of only two high schools in Sacramento County eligible for the award, and the only one to receive it. It now joins 48 schools out of 1,839 California public high schools to be honored with this recognition.

The honored schools were selected on the basis of their academic performance index, yearly progress results, and success in narrowing the achievement gap that exists along socio-economic and racial lines between higher-performing and lower-performing students. Academic improvement among English language learners and students with special needs was also an eligibility requirement.

The 2011 California Distinguished Schools will be saluted at an awards ceremony and dinner on May 20, 2011, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

"McGeorge and its alumni have played a critical role in establishing a culture of excellence and student success here at NP3," said Chris Minero, the director of the McGeorge Pipeline program and liaison to the Natomas charter school.

One example of the impact that McGeorge alumni have had on the school was the work of Sacramento attorneys Keith Staten, '92, Tina Poley, '08, and Alan Donato, '09, in getting a mock trial program off the ground at the school. Their efforts and dedication paid off earlier this spring when an NP3 team placed fourth out of 20 teams from county high schools in the 32nd Annual Gordon D. Schaber Mock Trial Competition. Elk Grove, Rio Americano and Sacramento Country Day, took first through third, respectively, in the event while the young Natomas team outscored hopefuls from long-established programs such as Jesuit, El Camino, Mira Loma, St Francis and Del Campo.