Nativity School of Worcester is an accredited, independent, Jesuit middle school that provides a quality, all-scholarship education to underserved boys of all faiths. Drawing upon four pillars – strength, scholarship, character, and service – a Nativity education inspires self-discovery, responsibility, spiritual growth, and a lifelong dedication to learning.
Nativity School of Worcester is modeled upon effective practices that provide students from low-income homes the opportunity for academic excellence. The Nativity model of education began with the creation of the Nativity Mission Center in New York City in 1971. The model consists of small class sizes, a mandatory summer program, an extended school day where students attend organized activities and an evening study, and a graduate support program. Today, there are 64 Nativity Miguel Schools serving over 5,000 middle-school-aged boys and girls in 27 states.
In the late 1990s, the senior administration of the College of the Holy Cross developed the idea of establishing a Nativity School in Worcester, a city that had been wracked by a devastating graduation rate for boys from low-income homes. These senior administrators – particularly President Michael McFarland, S.J., and Charles Weiss, Ph.D. – championed the school in the Worcester community. Following a successful feasibility study in 2002, the doors of the school were opened in the fall of 2003 to fifth- and sixth-grade classes at All Saints Church. Over the course of the next two years, a seventh- and eighth-grade were added.
Now in its 15th year of operation, the school has witnessed twelve successful classes of graduates matriculate in the area’s high schools: Assabet Valley Technical High School, Bancroft School, Burncoat High School, Cheshire Academy, CT, Claremont Academy, Cornerstone Charter Academy (FL), Deerfield Academy, Doherty Memorial High School, Masconomet Regional High School, Gardner High School, Holy Name Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School, New Canaan High School (CT), Noble & Greenough, North High School, Oldmar Christian School (FL), Saint Mary’s Junior/Senior High School, Saint Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School, Saint John’s High School, South High School, South High School – Goddard Scholars Program, South Salem High School (OR), University Park Campus School, Worcester Academy, Worcester Technical High School, and Xavier High School (IA).
With application assistance and guidance from Nativity Worcester’s Office of Graduate Support, our graduates currently attend or have attended the following colleges: American University, Assumption College, Boston College, Chemeketa Community College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, DePaul University, Diablo Valley College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Fitchburg State University, Fordham University, Franklin Pierce University, High Point University, Johnson & Whales University, Johnson & Wales University – North Miami, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Molloy College, Nichols College, Oregon State University, Providence College, Quinsigamond Community College, Southern Adventist University, St. Anselm College, University of California at Berkeley, University of Hartford, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts – Lowell, University of New Haven, Western New England University, Westfield State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University, and Yale University.
In 2014, five members of Nativity Worcester’s first graduating class received their college diplomas from Providence College and Emmanuel College.
Nativity School of Worcester was formally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the fall of 2010. In the short term, accreditation is the formal recognition that Nativity possesses a viable, guaranteed curriculum with impact on the disadvantaged students of the school. In the long term, accreditation is the critical first step in the mission to replicate this dynamic school in Worcester. Nativity’s Board of Trustees has committed to seeing the expansion of Nativity Worcester’s services.
Throughout the school’s history, Nativity Worcester has not received financial assistance for operations from the College of the Holy Cross, the Diocese of Worcester or the state and federal government. The school relies instead on the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations.