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Welcome Maria Cahill, the next Principal of Nativity Preparatory Academy!

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We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Cahill as the next Principal of Nativity Preparatory Academy.

Maria comes to Nativity following 10 years of academic teaching and administrative experience at Siena Catholic Academy where she was the Dean of Students and managed the English Language Arts program. She is an experienced ELA teacher and well versed in curriculum development and the integration of technology into the classroom and developed and oversaw the peer observation program for the school faculty. She also oversaw professional development, community outreach and general administrative duties including parent communication, attendance and student records. A graduate of SUNY Brockport with a BS in English, Maria continued her education with a Master of Science in Education from her alma mater as well as an Advanced Certificate in School Leadership from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

A proven leader and educator with a dedicated commitment to serving the needs of all students and a passionate commitment to literacy and the educational traditions of the Roman Catholic faith, we are very pleased to have Maria join Nativity in the key leadership position.

Welcome, Maria!

4th Annual Billy D’Antonio Summer Classic

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Please join us on August 6, 2016 for the 4th annual Billy D golf tournament to support Nativity Preparatory Academy! To find out more about the tournament and how to participate in this amazing event please check out

Registration closes on July 25th. Space is limited to 144 golfers, and fills up quickly, so act today–we’d love to have you!

Not a golfer? Please join us for our dinner reception and awards ceremony! Signups can be found at:!donorsponsorregistration/c23q2

We would be remiss if we didn’t thank our extremely generous sponsors, both individual and corporate. We have a variety of options for anyone who wants to support this great cause, even if you can’t make it out on August 6th. Please visit our sponsorship page if you are so inclined to make a gift of education in Billy’s memory:!donorsponsorregistration/c23q2

If you would like to donate a gift basket for the Chinese auction please contact Jackie D’Antonio via message or e-mail (

Students to again run in the Photofinish 5k

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Nativity students will again run in Photofinish 5k race sponsored by the George Eastman House will on September 27th. Last year, Nativity had a wonderful turnout with 25 of our students plus several members of the staff participating in the race. One of our eighth graders, Temur, placed third in his age group (13 to 19yrs) and was cheered by all including several of our past graduates who came back to participate. Thanks to all those who supported the students, over $4,000 was raised for the school. Our students are looking forward to participating again this year! If you’d like to support our students, visit the race website.

The Second Billy D’Antonio Summer Classic A Huge Success

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The second Annual “Billy D’Antonio Summer Classic” was held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Shadow Pines Golf Club, to benefit Nativity Preparatory Academy.

Another terrific day greeted the over 200 participants who came from near and far to celebrate the life of a terrific young man. It was truly a wonderful gathering and, thanks to the support of so many, almost $40,000 was raised to fund the education of students at Nativity Preparatory Academy where Billy spent a year teaching and mentoring at-risk inner city students from the city of Rochester.

Several Nativity students who were in Bill’s homeroom class were again at the event and one was even able to play in the tournament with Billy’s uncle and cousin (he was thrilled!). All these students were very close to “Mr. D.”, as they called him. He was far more than a teacher to them, but also a mentor, coach and friend.

A terrific thank you goes out to all of Billy’s classmates and friends from McQuaid and John Carrol University for organizing and supporting this special event.

Nativity Students Excel in Photofinish 5k Event

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Nativity students helped raise money for the school and honed their running skills during the Photofinish 5k fundraising event sponsored by the George Eastman House.  Over a thousand runners participated supporting over 60 charities in the Rochester area. It was a great experience for our students and all tolled, they raised almost $4,000 for the school from individuals who sponsored their involvement.


“Wall of Dreams” Mural Dedicated

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Link to YNN News Story

A mural titled the “Wall of Dreams” was dedicated in a ceremony at Nativity Preparatory Academy Friday morning.

The theme of the artwork, “Turning Dreams into Reality,” reflects the school’s mission to help students realize a future of success.

The mural depicts career choices ranging from law enforcement to medical professionals.


“Their first dream is to graduate from Nativity Prep. Their next dream is to graduate from one of the high schools; private or public or parochial. And their next dream is to go on and get a college education,” said Dianne Crowley, the Nativity Prep Principal. “And from that dream of graduation they can take the rays that are coming from Nativity to any place they want in their lives.”

Our Mission

We're a Roman Catholic middle school designed for motivated, economically disadvantaged students whose potential for academic success has been compromised by negative social and economic factors affecting them and their families.

Our Pledge

We are called to become all that God has created us to be. If we believe that we can achieve, we will achieve. We strive to practice these five virtues: respect, responsibility, gratitude, spirituality, scholarship.

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Nativity Preparatory Academy
15 Whalin Street
Rochester, NY 14620