Nativity Prep is a tuition-free Jesuit, Catholic middle school (grades 4-8) serving boys from low-income families of all faiths and backgrounds residing in the City of Boston. The goal of the admissions process is to determine whether prospective students would be a good fit for Nativity Prep, which includes high expectations, rigorous academics, spiritual formation, sports and extracurricular activities, an extended day, a mandatory summer program, and parental involvement.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.  Thank you for your interest.

Getting to Know Nativity Prep

  • What should I know about Nativity Prep?

    Educating Boys from Boston Since 1990

    Staffed by experienced teachers and dedicated volunteers and with a long history of success, the school provides an academically rigorous program preparing boys in grades 4 through 8 for success in high school and college.

    Tuition-Free, No Cost Private Education

    Following its mission to serve low-income families in the city of Boston, Nativity Prep is entirely tuition and cost-free thanks to the generosity of its benefactors.


    In the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, the school welcomes students from all faiths and backgrounds and promotes the intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical growth that inspires boys from Boston to become “men for others”.

    Lifetime Graduate Support

    A key component of the Nativity model is supporting our students and their families throughout their educational journey through our Graduate Support Office. Students receive high school placement guidance and alumni can take advantage of numerous programs related to high school, college and career.

    The Nativity Difference

    We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the “Nativity Difference”!

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    Applicants to Nativity Prep must meet the following three standards:

    1. Residency: Applicants must live in the City of Boston.
    2. Entering 4th-7th grade: Applicants must be entering the 4th-7th grade. The most open slots are in the 4th grade class, with spots in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grade available on a case-by-case basis.
    3. Income: Families do not have to pay for their sons to attend Nativity. However, applicants must come from low-income families. To determine eligibility, we ask parents to submit proof of income as part of the application. Please call or email if you have questions about income eligibility ( / Admissions Office 857-728-0031)

  • When is the next Open House / how can I schedule a tour?

    We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. The next Open House dates will be announced in Fall 2019.

    Scheduling a Tour:
    Please contact the Admissions Office at (857) 728-0031 x20 or at if you would like to learn more about Nativity Prep and to schedule a tour of the school.

  • When do I apply?

    Nativity Prep is no longer accepting applications for the September 2019-June 2020 school year.

    The application process will re-open in Fall 2019 for the following school year.

Applying to Nativity Prep

  • How do I apply?

    1) Complete the application online or print it.

    2) Submit the following required documents by uploading them here, emailing them  to, faxing them to (857) 728-0037 or dropping them off in person.

    1. A copy of the household’s first two pages of your most recent tax return 1040 form (or equivalent income documentation).
    2. The student’s 2nd grade final report card
    3. The student’s first report of 3rd grade when available. 
    4. Please, also include copies of all special education plans (IEP, 504 etc.) if any.

    3) Please print the 4th Grade Evaluation Forms and ask your son’s current teacher to complete and submit directly to Nativity by email at, by fax to (857) 728-0037 with attention to the Admissions office or by mail.

    Once Nativity receives these documents, the student will attend a small group evaluation and the parent(s) will be interviewed.

    (Application instructions – Spanish)

  • Who can I contact for more information?

    By email: Please contact the Admissions Committee with any questions at

    By phone: Mr. Orlando Emiliano, Director of Admissions / (857)-728-0031 x20.

    By mail:

    Nativity Preparatory School
    Admissions Office
    39 Lamartine St.
    Jamaica Plain, MA 02130




Need more information?

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