"The Catholic School participates in the evangelizing mission of the Church and is the privileged environment in which Christian education is carried out.”
The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium, 1997, para. 11
Congregation for Catholic Education
Nativity is fully accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference and is nationally recognized for Excellence and Innovation in Catholic Education. Our mission is to provide our students with a safe and inviting learning environment, along with a Christ-centered, rigorous academic program that allows each child to grow as a Christian role model, a life-long learner, an effective communicator, an active member of the Church, and a responsible citizen of the 21st Century. We strive to fulfill this mission by making God known, loved and served in all that we do, as well as through recognizing each student as a unique child of God and providing a learning environment that develops each student's spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional gifts.
Religious education is central to what we do at Nativity, with prayer experienced daily across grade levels. We also celebrate Mass together as a school community on a weekly basis. "The Catholic school loses its purpose without constant reference to the Gospel and a frequent encounter with Christ" –The Catholic School,1977, para. 55.
Our school also offers a rigorous academic program, which is supported by a challenging curriculum that integrates the Florida standards. Our standards-based approach to teaching and learning in all subject areas allows for authentic, meaningful feedback necessary for all students to excel. Our teachers are highly qualified, certified professionals and have a true passion for teaching that truly resonates in each child entrusted to their care.
Technology is also an intricate part of our academic program. Teachers and students use computers, laptops, and tablets throughout the school day. Grades 4 - 8 are part of a 1:1 Microsoft Surface initiative, which supports essential skill areas, such as complex communication, new media literacy, and creativity – as well as prepares our students for high school and beyond! All other classrooms are equipped with 10 iPads each, which are used daily for small group differentiation and instruction. These devices also support collaborative learning and provide opportunities to develop personalized, student-centered learning.
Our campus is fully equipped with wireless network access, SMART/MIMIO Boards, document cameras, and multimedia projectors to support this 21st Century teaching and learning. In addition, this school year, we are proud to introduce a newly designed Innovation Lab that will be used across grade levels. This space is meant to enhance student learning by offering a place for collaboration, with technology playing a complementary role in the lab. We are also incorporating new after-school enrichment programs, such as Robotics and Odyssey of the Mind, to further enhance what we offer our students.
Our facility is also well maintained and demonstrates good stewardship by our community. Adjacent to Nativity Catholic Church, our campus includes 30 classrooms, a newly renovated Media Center with soundproof Music Room and News Studio, Technology Lab, Science Lab, Innovation Lab, administrative offices, before and after school Extended Day Child Care Center, Gymnasium, state-of-the-art Youth Center, Multi-purpose Room, and a large playground.
Financial aid and partial scholarships are available for qualifying families. Thank you for considering Nativity Catholic School as the home to prepare your child(ren) both spiritually and academically for a bright future! Contact us today to schedule a school tour and learn more about our great school!