Welcome to Nativity Prep Academy, an accredited, tuition-free middle school serving more than 60 low-income sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students in a Catholic, private school setting and another 100 of our graduates in high school and college. Since our founding in 2001, Nativity has continued the proud tradition and longstanding legacy of Jesuit education, the foundation on which our school is built. Within the pages of our website, we invite you to learn more about our history, our unique mission, and the many ways we support our hardworking, college-bound students.
The Jesuit motto of being ‘a person for others’ and the Catholic tradition of education, particularly the education of those in need, are at the heart of what we do. Breaking the cycle of poverty through education remains the focus of our work as teachers, administrators, and Board members; it remains the focus among our growing and very generous community of volunteers and benefactors; and it remains the bright reality for our students and their families.
Caring for others and giving back also remain at the heart of our formation with students: we expect that they will give back to their community while they are students with us through monthly community service, that they will continue to serve their communities in high school, and ultimately that they will return to our school community after graduating from college to fulfill our vision by serving the students they once were—as teachers, mentors, tutors, and coaches.
For the hardworking young men and women in our care, we focus our ten-hour schedule each day on their development as people of solid character and serious purpose, eager and prepared in every way to meet the challenges—and to take full advantage of the opportunities—ahead of them at a variety of college-prep high schools in San Diego.
Our work, however, does not end with eighth-grade commencement each June. Through our Graduate Support Program, we remain fully committed to the work of educating our students from middle school through high school to college—we help subsidize high school tuition costs and other fees for our graduates; we help our families arrange transportation for their children commuting to high school campuses at a considerable distance from their homes; we advocate on behalf of our graduates with teachers, counselors, and administrators at the high school level; and we assist our graduates with academic tutoring, with SAT preparation, and with navigating the process for college admissions and college financial aid.
Whether you are a prospective parent, someone new to our school, or a member of our community already, thank you for exploring our website. We welcome you to call or to visit at any time—we are here to help answer your questions and to encourage your involvement.
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