Seattle Nativity School opened its doors in September 2013 with the first class of 6th grade students. Our Inaugural Class of 2016 was the first to advance to high school.
Seattle Nativity School is an independent, Catholic (category 2) middle school in the Archdiocese of Seattle, serving students in grades 6-8 who qualify for the National School Lunch Program for free and reduced lunches based on income status.
As a co-educational institution serving 15-20 students per grade, students receive class and individualized instruction based on performance levels. Our mission is aligned with Catholic identity standards and the Jesuit charism of social justice, pursuing collaboration and companionship with our families and community partners. Admission is not limited to Catholics or Christians. Seattle Nativity School's commitment is to helping under-served students close the widening achievement gap in Central and South Seattle.
Seattle Nativity School is a Catholic, Jesuit-endorsed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) middle school seeking to break the cycle of poverty through an education that nourishes souls and ignites leaders for love and service.
Our program encompasses a full day beginning at 7am with breakfast and Study Hall. Classes begin at 8am and end at 3pm. Lunch is served to all students along with snacks throughout the day. After school, Study Hall is required for students in an extended day format to ensure learning and schoolwork are a priority. An extended year with summer school into late July provide consistency and academic rigor in preparation for high school and beyond.
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 a successful model in preparing children from low-income backgrounds for the rigors of college prep 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.
The Nativity-Miguel Coalition is an organized group of schools with the same core mission, learning and informing the coalition of new ways to flourish in impoverished communities.
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A Jesuit Education
The Society of Jesus, known to many people as “The Jesuits,” is the largest religious order of men in the Roman Catholic Church. The Society began in 1540. St. Ignatius of Loyola and his companions from the University of Paris discerned that they ought to remain companions with one another in order to do “the greater good.”
Jesuit education is, has been, and always will be focused on whole person education: mind, spirit, and body. Jesuit education accomplishes this through cura personalis (personalized care and concern
for the individual) and through a holistic curriculum. Jesuit education aims to form
life-long learners imbued with an Ignatian approach to living shaped by the knowledge, understanding, and use of the interplay of experience, reflection, and action. Jesuit education also aims to graduate students who possess the desire and the personal resources to be men and women for and with others.
The Jesuit Schools Network embraces the profile of a Graduate upon Graduation. It is viewed in the context of achievable outcomes for our Seattle Nativity School middle school students. We instill the virtues that guide students in their personal growth:
1. Open to Growth
2. Intellectually Competent
5. Committed to Doing Justice
Seattle Nativity School added:
The Jesuit Schools Network document:
Profile of a Graduate at Graduation