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Schoolwide Learning Expectations

The mission of The Nativity School, as a ministry of the Church of the Nativity, is to cultivate hearts and minds in the Catholic educational tradition where students know and love Jesus Christ as they:

  • discover, develop and express their unique gifts and talents,
  • discern and seek what is true, good, and beautiful,
  • demonstrate Christian leadership by building community, exercising Christian stewardship, and serving those in need,

all in a joyful community that is academically strong and rich in the Spirit of life and love.

We believe that…


  1. Parents are the primary educators of their children and the family’s commitment to partner with the school is our privilege.
  2. The true, the good, and the beautiful can be known, are rooted in reality, and find their full expression in the person of Jesus Christ.
  3. The development of a well-formed mind requires the application of the Catholic educational tradition in the context of high academic expectations with effective research based pedagogical approaches which incorporate the use of technology and digital resources.
  4. The experience and appreciation of beauty in music, visual, digital, and performing arts is an essential component in the formation of the heart and mind.
  5. A key component of education is the appreciation of each student’s individual gifts and differences.
  6. Athletics is integral to the student’s character building through the development of health, self-discipline, teamwork, humility, camaraderie, character and confidence.
  7. All members of the school community are valued and served by recognizing their unique characteristics and respecting their individual dignity.
  8. Our committed community is an essential element in accomplishing our mission. It is sustained by the generosity and charity of all its members and continues on in the larger family of our parish.
  9. The purpose of discipline is the long term development of integrity of character, emotional maturity, and the responsible use of freedom.
  10. Success is realized when students use their gifts and talents to achieve their personal best in accordance with the will of God.


Nativity students are…


Dedicated scholars who confidently, yet humbly, demonstrate both a genuine intellectual curiosity and a strong foundation in core subjects while working both independently and collaboratively, using their critical thinking skills and effectively communicating their knowledge.


Joyful followers of Jesus Christ who experience a strong relationship with the person of Jesus Christ through their knowledge of Scripture and Catholic teaching, their participation in the sacramental life of the Church and their openness to discerning His call to fulfill their vocation in harmony with their God given talents.


Charitable apostles who, responding to the call of Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church, joyfully give of themselves by sharing their unique gifts and talents to build their community, by protecting the environment, and by serving those in need.


Virtuous citizens who exercise their freedom with integrity and responsibility, conducting themselves with honor and promoting social justice with courage and mercy.

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