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.

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 the 4th grade: Applicants must be entering the 4th grade, although occasionally 5th and 6th graders are also accepted if space is available.
    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?

    Open Houses:

    • Saturday, November 17th – 10:00am
    • Saturday, January 26th – 10:00 am

    All are welcome to Nativity Prep Open Houses for a tour, to learn about the school and to ask questions about the application process. No RSVP is needed.

    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 now accepting applications for the 4th Grade for the September 2019-June 2020 school year.

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply online, click here.

Applying to Nativity Prep

  • How do I apply?

    1) Complete the application online or by downloading the application and mailing/dropping it off.

    2) Submit the required supplementary application documents online, by mail, or by 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) Have the student’s current teacher complete and submit the Reading and Math Evaluation Forms directly to Nativity by mail, email ( or fax with attention to the Admissions office. Our fax number is (857) 728-0037.

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

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  • 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



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