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Norma Coombs Alternative School

Emma Hungerford
Grade 2

Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
Norma Coombs Alternative School
Principal: Dr. Jennifer Smith Jackson

Dr. Smith joined NCAS in August 2013. Most recently she served as Interim Principal of McKinley School for the 2013 spring semester. At McKinley she successfully ushered the school through a transition of principals and brings a track record of academic excellence while forming collaborative partnerships with staff, teachers and families. Prior to her work at McKinley, she served as assistant principal at Marshall Fundamental School and Muir High School and a teacher and a resource teacher at Wilson Middle School. Dr. Smith also served as a Program Administrator and Senior Program Specialist at the Los Angeles County Office of Education supporting the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Dr. Smith possesses a doctorate of education from USC, a master’s degree from Point Loma University and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Smith is committed to serving the NCAS community by expanding the school’s tradition of high standards for achievement among students, teachers, staff and families. Lion Pride values of respect, responsibility and integrity are at the core of all that we do here at NCAS.
 Grade Configuration: Pre-K-5
Number of Students: 415 
Enrichment Programs include: Kindergarten garden, Ceramics, Keyboards, After-school Choir, Orchestra, Computer Lab, Black History Bee, Math Field Day, Spelling Bee, Science Club, Vegetable garden, Good News Club, Musicmobile.
Community Partners include: Huntington Learning Center, In and Out Burger, Cohn Realtor
Academic Performance Index (API): 853


Principal for a Day: Felita Kealing
AAPC Chairperson African American Parent Council


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