In September of 2003, Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington opened its doors to 15 excited and enthusiastic young fifth and sixth graders. Since that opening date, Nativity Prep now counts four graduating classes with a grand total of 31 alumni. In June 2010, Nativity’s first graduates finished their senior year of high school and entered college. In 2012, Nativity has fifty students enrolled at the school.
This Catholic middle school serves low-income boys of all faiths in grades five through eight. Nativity Prep is about transforming lives. Within the structures of an extended day, extended week, high expectations, value formation, sophisticated summer programs, and rigorous academic standards, Nativity students demonstrate they can be fulfilled, successful, and vital participants in changing the community that previously frustrated them. Nativity students are asked to “be who you are and be that well.” In aspiring to this motto Nativity graduates will be productive, contented and dynamic members of society.
Today, there are over 65 “Nativity” model schools in 27 states throughout the United States. The Nativity Miguel Network (www.nativitymiguelschools.org) has 90% of its graduates finish high school; 80% of its graduates’ complete college and its daily attendance rate averages 97%.
The NativityMiguel Network model offers a quality educational opportunity to underserved students in impoverished neighborhoods where there is an unmet need to prepare students for the success they deserve for a productive education and a well meaning life.