Nativity School of Worcester
Date Founded: 2003
The only tuition-free private middle school in Central Massachusetts
President: Tom McKenney
Principal: Emily Kent
Director of Admissions: Rev. Thomas David McMurray, S.J.
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic/Jesuit, although Nativity School of Worcester serves students from many faiths and religious traditions.
Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges ( NEASC ):
Enrollment Information (Fall 2021)
Enrollment: 61 boys in grades 5-8. Through our Graduate Support Office, we also continue to serve our 217 graduates.
Worcester Neighborhoods Represented: Beaver Brook, Bell Hill, Broadmeadow Brook, Burncoat, Columbus Park, Forest Grove, Franklin Street, Grafton Hill, Great Brook Valley, Greendale, Highland Street, Indian Lake, Lake Ave, Lincoln Street, Lincoln Village, North Worcester/Summit, Piedmont, Plantation Street, Quinsigamond Village, Salisbury Street, Shrewsbury Street, South Worcester, Union Hill, Vernon Hill, University Park, Webster Square
Admissions for 2020-2021
Applicants: 30 total
Accepted: 12 total (40%), 10 for 5th grade , 2 for 6th grade
Enrolled: 12 (100%)
91% of students admitted qualify for free/reduced breakfast and lunch.
Average annual income for new family: $36,029
Average family size: 3.75
Total faculty/staff: 24
Non-teaching administrators and staff: 10
Number of faculty (lead teachers and fellows) with graduate degree or in process of attaining a graduate degree: 100%
Adult to student ratio: 1:2.5
Average Class Size: 15
Nativity School of Worcester students are engaged in an eight-period day, including recess and lunch. All students in grades 5-8 are enrolled in Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, Mathematics, Religion, Science, Spanish, and Renaissance (arts) classes.
Nativity Worcester’s small class sizes, extended school day, extended school year, and individual attention help students make significant academic gains. As a number of Nativity Worcester students are performing at two to three grade levels below when they enter Nativity in fifth grade, Nativity Worcester students are expected improve six to seven grade levels over the course of four years. Grade equivalent academic attainment is measured by the NWEA’s MAP standardized testing.
Average Espinal Class of 2020 student test score as an entering 5thgrader:
Reading: 208.8 – 5th grade level
Language Usage: 209.4 – 5th grade level
Mathematics: 218.4 – 5th grade level
Average Espinal Class of 2020 students test score as a winter term 8th grader:
Reading: 225.7–12th grade level
Language usage: 226.5 – 11th grade level
Mathematics: 234.2 – 12th grade level
*Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, spring MAP testing could not be completed.*
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Information (FY20)
Parental Activity Fee: $250
Total costs: $250
Total value to student: $15,155
Dollars Raised: $1,607,286.87
Number of Donors: 775
Number of graduates: 201
Of graduates who applied, the acceptance rate into a selective high school or a specialized high school program: 100%
High school aged graduates currently enrolled in school or a specialized high school program: 100%
Graduates who completed high school or a specialized high school program in four years: 94%
Graduates who are first generation college students: 69%