"And what you see around the world is that poverty is not destiny. In other countries, much more systemically, student after student, school after school, year after year, educate poor and disadvantaged young people.  And, so, anyone who says that you can't overcome these battles is a huge part of the problem."

-Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

About Us

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Nativity schools are faith-based middle schools modeled after the first institution founded by the Jesuits in 1971 at the Mission of the Nativity on Manhattan's Lower East Side. These schools follow an incredibly successful model in preparing children from low-income backgrounds for the rigors of college prep high schools, and ultimately universities. Nativity model middle schools use small classes, longer school days and an extended school year to help low-income, at-risk children break the cycle of poverty in their communities. Click here to find out more about the Nativity middle school model and history.

WHAT IS THE Context? Living out the mission

SNS Mission: Seattle Nativity School is a Catholic, Jesuit-endorsed STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) middle school seeking to break the cycle of poverty through an education that nourishes souls and ignites leaders for love and service. 

As an independent, Catholic (category 2) middle school, SNS will serve low-income students in grades 5-8, beginning with 6th grade in the fall of 2013. It will be a co-educational institution and each grade will serve 20+ students who qualify for the national free and reduced lunch program. Seattle Nativity's mission is aligned with Catholic identity standards and the Jesuit charism of social justice, pursuing collaboration and companionship with our families and community partners. SNS does not limit access to Catholics or Christians, since the commitment will be towards helping underserved students close the widening achievement gap in Central and South Seattle.  Click here to find out more about us and our model.



The founding board of Seattle Nativity School is comprised of talented and experienced community leaders with experience in education, the Catholic community, and the private sector. Click here to learn more about our Feasibility Committee and Founding Board.


One word: need.

In the Central District neighborhood of Seattle served by Bailey Gatzert Elementary and Washington Middle School, there are 17,500 residents, of which 1,750 are under 18 years old.  94% of these families are living below the poverty line.  At the close of the 2009-2010 academic year, students in this neighborhood were performing far below state and district levels in reading, math and science. This carries on to middle schools where the gap between low-income and non-low income students widens.  We believe the need is there and that the time is right to open a Seattle Nativity Middle School for underserved at-risk youth in the Central District and South Seattle. Click here to learn more about the Seattle community we plan to serve.