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SAVE THE DATE: September 27, 2017 for the 13th Annual Nativity Prep Academy Golf Classic presented by Sudberry Properties

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Thank You for a Successful Round!

We’d like to express our deepest appreciation to all of the golfers who attended and supported our 13th Annual Nativity Prep Golf Tournament presented by Sudberry Properties! Thanks to you we are ‘breaking the cycle of poverty through education’ by providing educational access and opportunity to more than 220 of our students and graduates. You are helping turn dreams into degrees.   We’d also like Read more…

Nativity Prep Graduates Start Freshman Year of College

Please help us  congratulate our hardworking Nativity Prep Academy graduates who are preparing for their first semesters of college this fall at these fine institutions. All of our graduates represent the first generation in their families to attend college. A very special thank you to all of our supporters who helped make this dream possible.  

College Application Season Approaching for Our High School Seniors

College application season is approaching fast for high school seniors across the country.  For Nativity Prep graduates, all of whom will represent the first generation of their families to attend college, this year becomes particularly important.  How do you decide what to write about in your college essay?  What financial aid is available to help pay for tuition?  These are Read more…

Join Us for the 13th Annual Golf Classic

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Nativity Prep Academy will host its 13th annual Golf Classic, presented by Sudberry Properties. The event will be held at the Coronado Municipal Golf Club featuring raffles, BBQ lunch, cocktails and more. All proceeds benefit the mission of Nativity Prep Academy. To register online, click here. To download a registration form to mail in, click Read more…

A Heart for Others

Moises, a graduate of Nativity Prep Academy’s Class of 2014 and a rising senior within Cathedral Catholic High School’s Class of 2018, is selflessly serving those in need, an integral value he learned during his middle school years at Nativity Prep. “We believe that service to the community underscores an essential component of a Jesuit/Catholic education,” says Brendan Sullivan, President Read more…

Did you hear?

The Ignatian Volunteer Corp recently announced that Nativity Prep Academy will be the recipient of the Della Strada Award at the The 2017 Evening of Gratitude on Saturday, April 29, 2017. “IVC (Ignatian Volunteer Corps) continues to be a great Jesuit partner in our unique mission of education, and we are honored to be named recipient of their 2017 Della Strada Award,” commented Read more…

Two Nativity Prep ’12 Graduates Earn 4.0

During their first semester in college, NPA ’12 graduates Corrinne and Valerye exceeded their educational goals by earning a 4.0. Corrinne, a freshman student at Notre Dame de Namur, attended The Academy of Our Lady of Peace after graduating from Nativity Prep. At OLP, she contributed regularly to the drama, culinary and Red Cross clubs as well as the community service Read more…

Nativity Prep Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Nativity Prep Academy is proud to celebrate#CatholicSchoolsWeek!  Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week has been recognized as the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service,” several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. #CatholicSchoolPride

Posada Mass and Lunch

You are invited to join the faculty, staff, students, and families of Nativity Prep Academy for our annual Posada Mass & Lunch. Date: Friday, December 9 Location: Nativity Prep Academy, 2755 55th Street, San Diego, CA  92105 Details: Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m.  Lunch will be available for purchase at 12:30 p.m. Guests are welcome.  Please join us for Read more…

NPA Launches Year-End Campaign on #GivingTuesday

Remember Nativity Prep Academy on #GivingTuesday! On November 29, we launched our $75,000 year-end campaign to benefit our students. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many Read more…

Nativity Prep Sixth Graders Get Focused with Outside the Lens

Each year, with the generous support of the Nativity Prep Parent Committee and in partnership with Outside the Lens, Nativity Prep sixth graders embark on a journey of personal discovery through the medium of photography. “Outside the Lens has been a committed partner to us for a number of years,” says Brendan Sullivan, Nativity Prep’s President. “They provide top-notch teachers Read more…

Bishop’s, Parker, Cathedral, OLP among HS Acceptances for Fall ’16

Eighth grade at Nativity Prep marks the beginning of a transition for students in their eleven-year journey to college as an NPA student. Under the guidance of Mr. Bill Sullivan, Director of Admissions and High School Placement, eighth graders at NPA embark on the high school placement process. “The goal is always to help students and families make informed decisions Read more…

Science Olympiad Inspires Students’ Interest in STEAM

For the sixth consecutive year, Nativity Prep’s middle school team competed in the 2016 regional Science Olympiad competition held at Carlsbad High School in February. The Science Olympiad is a nationally organized competition in biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and engineering, encouraging students to participate in more than 20 events. This year, the Nativity Prep middle school team of 15 Read more…

Thanks to All Our Day of Service Partners

Each year, we are fortunate to have the support of a number of partner groups through scheduled days of service. More recently, in January, undergraduate students from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, spent a day here during their week-long winter service trip, working with teachers and students in the classroom and helping in a variety of ways. Among the many Read more…

NPA Begins Partnership with Connect 2 Careers

In a first-time effort to integrate career preparation for our students as part of our 11-year commitment, four of our Nativity Prep students in high school began an exciting career-exploration opportunity last month (December) that will extend into the spring of 2016. In partnership with Connect 2 Careers, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income students in San Diego, each has Read more…

11th Annual Golf Classic a Big Success

This year’s 11th Annual Sudberry Properties Nativity Prep Golf Classic was held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at Coronado Municipal Golf Course. It boasted a full field of golfers, and it was the most successful tournament to date, earning well over $425,000 to support general operating costs at Nativity Prep. Students expressed their thanks to the golfers at registration and Read more…

Meet our 2015 Adelante Scholarship Recipient

We congratulate Ruben Ocampo (NPA ’11, The Bishop’s School ’15, SJSU ’19) as the 2015 recipient of the Adelante Scholarship. This special college-aid award was established last year, in 2014, by an anonymous benefactor of Nativity Prep and provides the recipient with comprehensive funding to cover four-year college tuition and housing costs, after costs for financial aid have been determined. Read more…

Onward and Upward for The Class of 2015

On Friday, June 12th, our most recent graduating class celebrated the next step on their 11-year journey to college with a joyous commencement ceremony marking the beginning of their high school careers. “I’m so excited about starting at Cathedral Catholic,” remarked Alondra G., one of our graduating eighth-grade students who will begin her high school career at Cathedral in early Read more…

Joshua Tree ’15

By Mrs. Kelly Bonde, Nativity Prep Teacher On April 20, 2015, the 6th grade class ventured to one of the youngest of our National Parks, Joshua Tree. After setting up camp entirely on their own in the Indian Cove campground, the 6th graders, along with Ms. Wilkinson, Mrs. Bonde, and Mr. McGrath, took a tour of the desert terrain. Some Read more…

Nativity Prep Students Visit “City at Sea”

The USS Midway, one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers, is referred to as a “floating city at sea” and has an incredible collection of over 60 museums and 29 restored aircraft. With the generous help of a Nativity Prep benefactor and trustee, all of our middle school students had the unique opportunity of spending a night on the USS Midway this Read more…

A Lifeline for Nativity Prep: San Diego Junior Lifeguards Foundation

Nativity Prep Academy has revived its partnership this year with the San Diego Junior Lifeguards Foundation (SDJLF), with the aim of encouraging more of our students to enroll in the summer San Diego Junior Lifeguards program. With a generous grant from SDJLF, our sixth-grade students are taking a first step toward this goal by learning to swim. With the help Read more…

6th graders learn about weather forecasting

Our sixth-grade scholars recently took a day trip to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Poway, California, as part of their study of Earth Science, the science curriculum for sixth grade at Nativity Prep. “They use a lot of expensive instruments to predict the weather,” commented one of our sixth graders, “like the cup anenometer, satellites, computers, and hot Read more…

Nativity young artists exhibit their high school work

By Ms. Maria Centanni, Nativity Prep Teacher The end of the year is near. It’s time for final exams, AP tests, and portfolios. The seniors at San Diego’s School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), on the other hand, have been working on their “Senior Ex” all semester. Two Nativity graduates from the Class of 2010, Jose Avalos and Anat Read more…

Nativity graduate from 2005 prepares for adventure in Germany

By Jennifer Damian, Nativity Class of 2005 I have always been blessed with unique opportunities. I was born in San Diego in 1990, and 11 years later Nativity Prep opened its doors, just when I was beginning fifth grade. I graduated from Nativity’s very first class of alumni in 2005 and continued my education at the Academy of Our Lady Read more…

Girls on Track continues its support of Nativity students

By Ms. Summer Wilkinson, Nativity Prep Teacher and Coach On Sunday, May 11th, the students of Nativity Prep, along with a number of other schools, ended their running season with the Girls on Track (GoT) Sparkle and Shine 5K. GoT’s mission is to inspire girls to be “joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Read more…

Under the guidance of A.R.T.S., great progress seen in students this year

By Mrs. Lauren Garcia and Ms. Summer Wilkinson, 7th and 8th Grade Art Teachers This school year, the art department has teamed up with A Reason to Survive, otherwise known as A.R.T.S., a nonprofit program dedicated to providing, supporting, and advocating for creative arts that heal, inspire, and empower youth facing adversity. The A.R.T.S. teaching artists, Andrew Rae and Rob Read more…

Temecula Rotary hosts Nativity Prep

Nativity’s president, Mr. Brendan Sullivan, and one of its students, seventh grader Ricky A, were guests recently of the Temecula Rotary Club. Sullivan had a chance to share the mission and success of Nativity with the receptive and gracious crowd of close to 80 Rotarians, and Ricky was able to share some of his success story as well. Citing his Read more…

Art literacy a unique addition the Nativity curriculum

by Mrs. Lauren Garcia, Nativity’s Seventh-grade Art Teacher For the past three years, since 2010, our seventh-grade students have benefited a great deal from their study of art literacy with two generous volunteers from the local community who have a passion for the arts, Mrs. Jeanne Culkin and Mrs. Francesca Brunner. Both of them bring a wealth of knowledge about Read more…

Nativity alumna earns top award in field hockey at Cathedral

by Ms. Kelly Determan, Nativity Prep’s Director of Academic Support Tania G., a member of the Nativity Prep’s Class of 2013, and freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School this year, decided she wanted to get involved at her new school, so she chose something completely foreign to her: field hockey. Her experiment proved to be a success, since Tania received Read more…

CPR training among the many topics offered by Hahn School students

In December, three Nativity students—all of them eighth graders—earned their two-year certification in CPR and first aid. The three of them join all eleven members of our faculty as trained personnel in the basics of life-saving techniques. “You never know when the training will come in handy,” said Millenia Q., one of the three eighth graders now certified in these Read more…

A Notre Dame Thanksgiving tradition at Nativity Prep

From college football to the Catholic faith, tradition and generosity have always been an integral part of the Notre Dame experience. Since 2002, the Notre Dame Club of San Diego (NDSD) has carried on their annual generous tradition of providing Thanksgiving dinners for all 60+ Nativity Prep families. “It’s something we love to do,” says Dr. Barney King, past President Read more…

Nativity alumnus earns high praise at Saints

For a young man whose first experience playing organized sports was as a sixth grader at Nativity, Javier L. has certainly come a long way. More recently, as a freshman at Saint Augustine High School’s Class of 2017, Javier was recognized for his athleticism and leadership by the football staff at Saints by winning the prestigious Defensive Player of the Read more…

Barnes & Noble Bookfair to benefit Nativity Prep students

This 2013-2014 academic year is the fifth year that a bright, motivated high school sophomore has dedicated her time to host a group of young Nativity women for an all-girls book club. Emma Halpern (Canyon Crest Academy ’16) initiated the reading group for our seventh-and eight-grade girls five years ago, when she was just a middle school student herself at Read more…

College and career readiness the focus of Common Core

As part of the school’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, Nativity Prep teachers have made a significant push this year to implement the new Common Core (CC) curriculum, one that focuses on college and career readiness for all students. Improving students’ capacity to think critically and to engage collaboratively in problem-solving is the foundational approach for the CC curriculum, particularly for literacy Read more…

Annual golf tournament a big success

This is the ninth year we’ve hosted our annual golf tournament, the Nativity Prep Golf Classic, and this year’s event was a great success, earning close to $400K to support scholarship costs for our 64 middle school students. Many thanks to Sudberry Properties, this year’s title sponsor, for making the event possible. More than 130 golfers participated in this year’s Read more…

The Evans Scholars Foundation’s Caddie Academy a proven pathway to college

Nativity alumna Christina Abarca (NPA ’12) spent seven weeks this past summer learning the art and etiquette of caddying at Onwenstia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, as one of only a handful of applicants nationally to earn a coveted scholarship spot for the Western Golf Association’s (WGA) Caddie Academy. Christina was one of only three scholars from the state of Read more…

Grads work overtime to make the grade in English and math

by Danielle D’Souza (Bishop’s ‘13/ Dartmouth ‘17) One would expect a preparatory school to be fairly empty in the middle of July, but not Nativity Prep Academy (NPA). During the summer Nativity graduates return for a summer session focused on helping them succeed in high school. Graduates of Nativity and students from The Bishop’s School flooded the halls the week Read more…

Inaugural mural project on campus a colorful success

With the help of a local artist who worked on commission for a very reasonable cost, our students were able to complete a project we have planned for a number of years: a beautiful mural that represents the unique mission of our school. German Corrales, who has worked for over ten years as a local artist, primarily doing murals in Read more…

Three Nativity students selected nationally for summer CTY program

by Mr. Trevor Crest, CTY Advisor and Beginning Teacher The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world. Nativity Prep Academy has been blessed to Read more…

Class of 2009 sets high mark for college acceptances

Recalling her first days at Nativity almost seven years ago, as an incoming sixth grader in July of 2006, Melyna A. says she was scared. “I remember looking around the classroom at all the students I didn’t know and thinking, ‘I hope I make it.’” To say Melyna has ‘made it’ is certainly an understatement. This month, Melyna will graduate Read more…

Girls on Track returns for a second year

by Mrs. Jill DeDolph, Girls on Track coach/Nativity faculty member “Girls on Track, we’ve got your back!” is the cheer that has echoed down the hallway on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for the past two months, signaling the end of another Girls on Track practice. This is Nativity’s second year of partnering with Girls on the Run, a national non-profit Read more…

Planting the seed of love for the outdoors

In early April, Elijah Bonde, an eight-year veteran of our school’s science department and the person responsible for bringing our science curriculum into the 21st century, traveled to San Antonio, Texas, for the annual conference of the National Science Teachers Association. He was invited to host a workshop at the conference after submitting a proposal to discuss his camping-based curriculum Read more…

Inocente inspires Nativity students

Whether you watched the 2013 Academy Awards or not, you’re likely by now to have heard of Inocente Izucar, the young San Diego artist whose life story was the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary film, “Inocente.” In late April, she paid a visit to the Nativity campus and spoke with students about her art work, her struggles as a homeless Read more…

Salton Sea and Anza-Borrego provide a real-life curriculum for sixth graders

Our 23 sixth graders traveled to the Anza-Borrego Desert and Salton Sea in Southern California earlier this month (March) to explore the region’s unique topographical and geological features, all of them included in their study of Earth science this year. Of special note among the things they saw were mudpots, which are above-ground structures formed naturally through geothermal heating. “Picture Read more…

Sixth grade keeps opera tradition going in 2013

By Mr. Louie Lebherz, Music Teacher at Nativity Prep On January 24th, our sixth graders arrived at the San Diego Civic Theater with our music and performing-arts teachers, Mr. Louie Lebherz and Mrs. Gayla Lebherz, and three of our teachers. As they took their seats in the front row of the mezzanine section, they waited patiently for the lights to Read more…

Gonzaga students serving as “Men and Women for Others”

Eleven students and two faculty advisors from Gonzaga University’s Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL) traveled from Spokane, Washington, to San Diego in early January and spent the week learning firsthand about a variety of outreach ministries to the poor and underserved in greater San Diego. As part of their five-day immersion experience, Gonzaga students spent a day Read more…

Students spend day at Birch and Scripps

Thanks to the generosity of two of our benefactors, Mr. Jim Mittermiller and Mrs. Elsie Weston, Nativity students were treated to a day seminar and tour at the Birch Aquarium and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla. The world-renowned Birch Aquarium features a number of interactive and innovative exhibits, many of which explore the issues and challenges of Read more…

Dare to Be Project provides new bikes for Nativity students

All 60+ of our middle school students received an early and unexpected Christmas gift this year, thanks to the generosity of US Olympic Cycling Team star Amber Neben. On Friday, December 7th, Neben and a team of assistants from her non-profit charity, The Dare to Be Project (DTBP), and with help from volunteers through DTBP’s corporate partner, the Cummins Corporation, Read more…

Graduate students from USD’s Hahn School help build campus garden

For the past three years, our partnership with the Hahn School of Nursing at the University of San Diego has benefited our students and families a great deal. In addition to providing on-site care for the usual bumps and bruises, our volunteer team of graduate students from Hahn have provided in-class seminars on a variety of health-related topics and have Read more…

Ten students elected to NJHS for 2012-2013

In early October of this year, ten Nativity students were recognized for their academic and leadership accomplishments with their induction into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Students elected to NJHS are done so within a set of criteria set by NJHS and by the chapter school. This year marks the beginning of what we expect will provide more motivation Read more…

Princeton, Stanford, Penn, and Yale among college hopes for Nativity alum

Judy Martinez, a graduate from Nativity’s Class of 2009 and now a senior at The Bishop’s School (La Jolla), was recently named a finalist for the Questbridge Scholarship Program. Of the 33 partner colleges in the Questbridge network, Judy has applied to eight (8), which is the required maximum number of schools to which candidates can apply. They are Stanford, Read more…

Learning in Yosemite

The fall season marks the beginning of our students’ year-long exploration of the great outdoors. The month of October features our annual eighth-grade science trip to Yosemite National Park. In March, our sixth graders will enjoy a two-day overnight trip to Anza-Borrego Desert and the Salton Sea for their study of earth science, and our seventh graders will spend two Read more…

Steubenville San Diego 2012

by Ms. Maria Centanni, Director School Ministry at Nativity Prep Twelve of 20 of our graduates from this past spring, the Class of 2013, attended the annual Steubenville San Diego weekend on July 27th to the 29th. With the help of a generous donation (along with plenty of candy sales!), our graduates had the privilege of joining over 1,000 high Read more…

Teaching as he was taught, as a ‘Person for Others’

Ask a graduate of any Jesuit school to tell you what he remembers most about Jesuit teaching, and the answer is likely to be unanimous: service to others. It is this same passion to give back that has brought Trevor Crest to teach at Nativity. “The message about being a ‘man for others’ is such an important one for me…we Read more…

Upward Bound and the college dream

Two graduates from Nativity Prep’s Class of 2011 were selected this past spring to participate in the Upward Bound college-prep programs at UCSD. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Upward Bound Programs are composed of Upward Bound Classic (UBC) and Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS). UBC & UBMS are TRiO programs 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Read more…

NPA graduates work with Bishop’s students to hone writing and math skills

by Kai Mateo, The Bishop’s School, Class of 2013 Energy permeated the hallways and classrooms of Nativity Prep during the week of July 9thas small groups of Nativity alumni strengthened their reading and writing skills with the help of tutors from The Bishop’s School (La Jolla, CA). At the invitation of Judy Halter, a longtime Nativity supporter and current Board Read more…

Onward, Class of 2012!

For more than 600 days of school over the past three years, Adrian Alcazar (NPA Class of 2012) managed to get to school every day on time. He joins a select group of students over the past eight years who have earned perfect attendance for their three years of middle school at Nativity Prep. Adrian was one of several recipients—scholarship-award Read more…

Dr. Edith Eva Eger inspires Nativity students

by Mr. Louie Centanni, Nativity’s Dean of Students On May 30th, Dr. Edith Eva Eger—clinical psychologist and Holocaust survivor—shared her story with the Nativity Prep Academy community. Students and teachers who gathered expecting to hear living history were treated not only to heart-wrenching tales of her tragedies and triumphs during World War II, but also to inspirational advice about the Read more…

Sixth-grade artwork shown at A.R.T.S. Gallery

An estimated crowd of 75–including parents, teachers, and supporters of our school–attended the annual spring exhibition featuring photography and mixed-media artwork from our talented sixth graders on May 22nd at the A.R.T.S. Gallery at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Each year, with the generous support of a grant from our Parent Committee, we partner with Outside the Lens (a local Read more…

Nativity athletes win CSL track and soccer championships

May 2012 will be a month to remember in the sports annals of our school’s relatively young history.  Our boys’ and girls’ tracks teams finished in first place overall at the spring annual Catholic Sports League (CSL) track meet at Cathedral High School earlier this month. And our boys’ varsity (A) soccer team won their first championship ever two weeks Read more…

Breakfast of Champions Spreads NPA’s Mission to Hundreds

 by Ms. Tracy Stout, Nativity’s Coordinator of Website and Social Media Thank you to those who took time early on the morning of March 7th to attend our Nativity Prep Academy Breakfast for Champions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Roughly 325 people came to learn more about our mission and vision while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Special thanks to Jamie Read more…

Inaugural Year for Girls on the Run/Girls on Track Program

This year will mark the first year of a partnership between Nativity Prep and Girls on Track San Diego (GOTSD), a local non-profit affiliated with Girls on the Run International. GOTSD is dedicated to the development of healthy lifestyles and healthy bodies for young women through running, coaching, and teaching. GOTSD’s partnership with Nativity will help encourage our middle school Read more…

David Ortiz, NPA ’05, Earns Coveted McNair Scholarship at SDSU

When he enrolled as a fifth-grade student at Nativity Prep in the fall of 2001, David Ortiz was one of twenty students unsure about what lay ahead of them in middle school. Four years later, as a graduate of Nativity’s inaugural class in the spring of 2005, David took a bold step into the future by enrolling at High Tech Read more…

Jesus Jimenez, NPA 2009, Finalist in SDYS Concerto Competition

Jesús Jimenez, a graduate of Nativity Prep’s Class of 2009 and now a junior at Francis Parker School (San Diego), was recently named one of five finalists in the San Diego Youth Symphony’s (SDYS) Concerto Competition, to be held on Tuesday, February 21st, at the Neuroscience Institute in La Jolla, California. The top two finishers from the February competition—one in Read more…

Eight Students to Participate in EYHN and BE WiSE

In March and April, a select group of Nativity girls will participate in two unique programs designed to encourage in young women an ongoing interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Through the generous support of Mrs. Veronica and Judge Robert Longstreth, benefactors of Nativity, six Nativity students—two female students from each grade (sixth, seventh, and eighth)—will participate in Read more…

High Accolades for NPA Students in Art Competition

This past October, two Nativity students earned recognition for their artwork at the annual Arts and Culture Fest sponsored by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in Southeast San Diego. Elsy Guzman, a student in our seventh-grade class (2013), and Angelica Vera, from our eighth-grade class (2012), won, respectively, the second-place award for mixed media (“Loneliness”), and the first-place award Read more…

ITBS Scores Soar for 8th Graders on Standardized Tests

This year’s eighth-grade class, Nativity’s Class of 2012, set a high mark for excellence on their fall standardized test scores. Each year, twice a year (in fall and spring) Nativity students in all three grades complete the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, a nationally-normed test that assesses their knowledge base in reading, language (writing), mathematics, science, and maps and diagrams Read more…