Nativity Preparatory Academy to offer free tuition for inner-city students

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In an unprecedented move by a local privately-operated urban middle school for students in Grades 5-8, Nativity Preparatory Academy  has announced that, starting this fall, they will eliminate the tuition structure, leaving only an annual activity and supplies fee for each student. Based on a nationally renowned educational model, Nativity Prep is entering its 10th year of providing a Catholic middle school education for underserved Rochester inner-city youth.

“Providing our students with an exceptional education focused on the whole person is at the heart of our mission,” says Principal Maria Cahill. “Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are removing any financial barriers to obtaining a Nativity education by making this a tuition-free school.”

Nativity Prep is small by design, with a current student capacity of 80 students.  The school’s intimate, nurturing academic environment is coupled with a strong sense of spirituality, morality, and personal responsibility. Nativity welcomes a diverse background of faith traditions with the unifying purpose of caring about education.

“Nativity Prep is an incredible story,” says John Mattia, the school’s President. “The majority of our graduates attend one of the area’s college prep high schools and continue on to college. An education at Nativity Prep has proven to be life changing.”

An extended school day and academic year, along with a strong enrichment program, offers students and families an immersive experience. Dedicated and caring administrators, faculty and staff personally mentor and support students well after graduation.

“We hope that this new tuition-free structure will help to ease any potential financial burden affiliated with choosing a Nativity education,” Cahill explains. “Parents should have the ability to choose the right school for their child, and cost shouldn’t be the deciding factor.”

Nativity Prep is still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Interested families should call 585-271-1630 for more information.

John Mattia appointed President of Nativity Prep

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On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is with great enthusiasm that I announce the appointment of  John Mattia as the new President of Nativity Preparatory Academy reporting to me. In this role, John will exercise general supervision, set direction, and control the overall management of the operations of the school. Specific areas of oversight include our academic program, advancement and fundraising efforts, our graduate support program, and marketing and communications efforts as we work to build community relationships and spread the word of the success of Nativity and our students.

John comes to Nativity with a terrific track record of success as a business technology consultant prior to his current role as the Director of Technology at McQuaid Jesuit. As a member of McQuaid’s senior leadership team, John has been instrumental in finding ways to help the school leverage technology to fulfill its mission. He was responsible for implementing the school’s first online learning management system, the launch of schoolwide use of iPads for every student, and technology to support the school’s new STEM center.

John holds both a BA and MBA from St. Bonaventure University where his areas of concentration included finance, business information systems and accounting. A lifelong resident of Rochester, John is also a proud graduate of McQuaid Jesuit. He brings a deep sense of conviction in the Nativity mission, a commitment to those we serve, and an understanding of the power of collaboration. His strong communication and marketing skills, business acumen and incredible energy will serve the school well.  John will be joining the Nativity family effective July 1, 2018.  I know that he is looking forward to working with our dedicated faculty and staff to further the success of our students as they pursue an education that can truly transform their lives.

Bill Carpenter, Board Chair

2018 Billy D’Antonio Summer Classic

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The 2017 Billy D Golf Tournament was a booming success!  A sold out crowd took to the links for a great day of golf, and were joined by dozens of family members and friends for the dinner festivities.  All totaled, participants, sponsors and supporters raised $45,000 for Nativity Prep in memory of Billy D’Antonio.  Be sure to join in the fun at the 2018 Billy D Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 4th at Shadow Lake!  For more information go to http://www.billydclassic.com/

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15 Whalin Street
Rochester, NY 14620
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