An NP3 student is sworn in during mock trial practice. Students recently placed fourth out of 20 mock trial teams in 2011.

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Community Engagement

McGeorge Pipeline School Receives Civic Learning Award

Award places Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3) among the top eight schools in the state for the quality of its law-themed civics program
Mar 13, 2013

Pacific McGeorge Pipeline's model law-themed high school, Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School (NP3), was selected to receive the Civic Learning Award-with Distinction, recognizing the quality of its law-themed civics programs. NP3 ranked in the top eight out of only 22 high schools in the state to receive recognition. Each of California's 1,289 public high schools was invited to apply.

The award is co-sponsored by California Supreme  Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Prompted by the passion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (ret), California's judicial and educational leadership together initiated a Civic Learning Award program to both celebrate successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify successful models that can be replicated in other schools. The award program has three levels: Awards of Excellence, Distinction, and Merit. Winners were selected by a panel of experts based on the depth and breadth of their civic learning courses/clubs/programs. 

NP3's high rank of "Distinction" results in a plaque for the school and earns the campus a special site visit by an appellate court justice. In addition, five NP3 students and Principal Tom Rutten were the guests of the Wiley Manuel Bar Association at a reception on February 28 sponsored by the Sacramento County Bar Association focusing on high school civic education and featuring Justice O'Connor. 

This award and recognition is the result of the collaborative work and commitment of the entire NP3 staff, students and community and the ongoing support from our Education Pipeline partners University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law and Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, Downey Brand LLP and Keith Staten & Associates. 

 Read more about Pacific Law-Themed Pipeline Schools