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Please read more about our school through the articles below.

San Diego Union-Tribune, July 2009

On a Mission for Low-income Youths: School’s support doesn’t end after students move on San Diego Union-Tribune (July, 2009) By Chris Moran San Diego—It was a startling wake-up call for a high school sophomore whose attention had drifted from history class. He looked out a window and saw the face of the principal – his middle school principal. Jonathan Arteaga Read more…

Rancho Santa Fe Review, May 2009

Breakfast Honors Student Success Rancho Santa Fe Review (May 2009) By David Wiemers Rancho Santa Fe—Hosting an impressive group of approximately 500, Nativity Prep held its first annual Breakfast of Champions on April 22. The event was a fundraiser to benefit the college prep school, which alleviates the cycle of poverty through education. Held at the Mission Tower Ballroom at Read more…

San Diego Daily Transcript, February 2006

Nativity Prep Receives $100K Endowment The Daily Transcript (February 15, 2006) By Amy Yarnall Logan Heights—Nativity Prep Academy has received an endowment of $100,000 to benefit its scholarship program. The privately-funded college prep school received the endowment through the Endow San Diego initiative of the San Diego Foundation. “The endowment for Nativity Prep is a great example of the power Read more…

The Southern Cross, February 2006

Programs Give Barrio School Students Hope for Bright Futures The Southern Cross (February 2006) San Diego—The barrio area of San Diego can be a place of very little hope for many of its residents, but not for the students of Nativity Prep Academy – a college prep middle school for underserved children in southeast San Diego. Eighth-grade students have completed Read more…

The Southern Cross, November 2004

With Long Hours and Catholic Values, Inner-City School Changes Lives: Nativity finds success following Jesuit model The Southern Cross (November 4, 2004) Logan Heights—Faced with a 12-hour school day and a 6-week mandatory summer school, it’s no wonder Luis Castaneda was hesitant to enroll at Nativity Prep Academy in Logan Heights. “I kinda didn’t want to at first because of Read more…

San Diego Union-Tribune, June 2003

Good Time Is Had in Memorial Park: Juneteenth marked with dance, food, music San Diego Union-Tribune (June 22, 2003) By Ray Huard Logan Heights—Twelve-year-old Jennifer Damian could hardly contain herself after scampering up a rock-climbing wall and dancing to hip hop music at Memorial Park in Logan Heights yesterday. “It’s really fun and exciting,” Jennifer said, as friends circled around Read more…

Point Loma Beacon, March 2003

Club Raises Funds for Charity Point Loma Beacon (March 27, 2003) By Brooks Larios Point Loma—The Thursday Club Juniors of Point Loma selected three non-profit charities to receive financial support through their many fund-raising efforts this year. Through a vote, Nativity Prep Academy, Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, and Dress for Success, an organization that provides clothing and Read more…

North County Times, February 2003

David Rivera’s Passion: Helping Children North County Times (February 20, 2003) By Edward Sifuentes Escondido—David Rivera always wanted to help at-risk children, but in his twenties, he himself was lost. Rivera, the son of Chicano activist parents, had abandoned his college education for a high-income job in real estate and a “party lifestyle.” That changed when he realized his life Read more…

USD Magazine, Spring 2002

A Lesson in Faith USD Magazine (Spring 2002) By Susan Herold/Photos by Gary Payne ’86 Opening a private Catholic school in one of San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods is a huge challenge, but David Rivera ’96, prefers his challenges giant-sized. His students are labeled “at-risk,” his teachers have no experience, and money is a constant problem. Yet his belief in God Read more…

Los Angeles Times, February 2002

School Offers Grueling, Rickety Ride to Success: Without much money, Nativity Prep determines to help students who might otherwise fail Los Angeles Times (February 19, 2002) By Deborah Sullivan Brennan San Diego—The van that shuttles students from Nativity Prep Academy to their swimming lessons and field trips has logged nearly 200,000 miles and is pushing 20 years old. On the Read more…

San Diego Union-Tribune, January 2002

Leap of Faith San Diego Union-Tribune (January 20, 2002) By Chris Moran San Diego—Opportunity knocked on doors in Logan Heights and Stockton last summer, borne by a 22-year-old Midwesterner three months removed from life as a college student. The white solicitor with the economics degree definitely wasn’t from the largely Latino neighborhood. But Lisa Martin made an alluring pitch, and Read more…

The Southern Cross, October 2001

Catholic Volunteers Bring Education Experiment to San Diego’s Inner City The Southern Cross (October 25, 2001) By Joyce Carr San Diego—Twenty fifth graders at the new Nativity Prep Academy off Market Street gathered on September 17 around a table – adorned with a fountain, cross and American flag – to pray for their safety in the wake of terrorist attacks. Read more…

San Diego Daily Transcript, November 2001

A New School’s Formula For Success: Nativity Prep Academy targets low-income, at-risk students San Diego Daily Transcript ( November 1, 2001) By Michelle Cadwell Blackston These students at Nativity Prep Academy take part in specially designed education programs such as rational problem solving and critical thinking. San Diego—David Rivera spent a year studying San Diego schools. From Census data, he Read more…

Notre Dame Lawyer, July 2002

Creating Hope and Opportunity Notre Dame Lawyer (July 2002) By David Rivera ’99 J.D., with Katie Evans ’98 Many students attend Notre Dame Law School intending to receive an education that will enable them to effect some positive change in society. Four years ago, when I chose to attend NDLS, I was no different in my desire to make a Read more…