Extended Program

Our extended program is the cornerstone of students’ success at Nativity Preparatory Academy. Providing students with roughly 550 more contact hours per year than other schools, extended learning allows students to spend more time focusing on tasks and gives them more opportunities to explore their interests and increase their understanding of a broad range of topics.

Typical Day

7:30am – 3:00pm
Students arrive early to eat breakfast and attend the morning assembly before they start classes. Classes cover the full range of academic subjects—with significant emphasis on core math, science, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Students also have a short recess period as well as a lunch period roughly halfway through the day.
3:00am – 4:30pm
Students receive a snack before attending the homework lab, where they receive help with that day’s homework assignment or work one-on-one or in groups with volunteer tutors and mentors.
4:30am – 5:45pm
Students participate in enrichment activities designed to expose them to a variety of cultural and recreational activities, helping to cultivate their unique skills and passions. Students may also work on service learning projects in the community at this time.
5:45pm
Following our afternoon assembly, students are transported home each evening by buses provided by the Rochester City School District.

Saturday Enrichment Sessions

On alternating Saturdays, students attend a three to four-hour enrichment session. During these sessions students participate in league sports, visit area museums, attend theatre and musical performances, or tour area cultural destinations such as the Farmer’s Market, Children’s Book Festival, or Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Examples of Enrichment Activities

  • Cross-country running
  • Swimming lessons
  • Ice-skating
  • Jazzercise
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Scrabble and Chess Club
  • Build Guild Robotics Team
  • Readers Theatre
  • Cooking Matters
  • Step Dancing
  • Arts & Crafts

Summer Program

Each summer, Nativity Preparatory Academy holds a mandatory three-week Summer Academic and Leadership Program to provide academic support during the summer months. This program also helps to encourage cultural and intellectual enrichment, and provides opportunities to develop athletic, leadership, and team building skills—as well as personal values.

Weeks 1-2
Consist of a morning academic program of reading, writing, and mathematics, and an afternoon session of specialized enrichment courses in art, music, computer, and science—with at least one weekly service opportunity to engage students in the community. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
Week 3
Consists of a sleep-away camp experience at Camp Asbury, focused on helping students gain a sense of self and develop leadership skills with an emphasis on team building and character development. This unique experience is the highlight of the year for our students.

The Summer Academic and Leadership Program is designed to keep students’ education at the forefront of all they do. Through this program our students engage in activities that sharpen their minds in an environment that’s nurturing, positive, and fun.