A Jesuit Education
Building on a global educational tradition that is over 400 years old, Nativity Prep is an official educational apostolate of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. It forms boys from Boston into "men for others” who exemplify the qualities of a Jesuit-educated “grad at grad”: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving and Committed to Doing Justice.
Jesuit education, grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, focuses on guiding a person to understand God’s role in their lives, and helping that person to respond in love and service. A Nativity Prep education conveys more than “book” knowledge, forming character, responsibility, a sense of purpose and a desire to contribute to the common good.
Rigorous and Well Rounded
Jesuit schools take academics and learning seriously because they enable the student to better engage with the world, pursue their vocation and to contribute to the common good. A Nativity Prep education features a variety of challenging courses, cocurriculars and extracurriculars, preparing students for the demands of the area’s best high schools and to cultivating a lifelong love of learning.
As Jesuits were missioned to the farthest reaches of the known world, Jesuit education developed with it into a network that was intercultural and global in perspective. Evidenced by its ethnic, racial, and religious diversity, Nativity Prep draws on its own community’s experiences and traditions to provide a global-minded education.
Service and Justice Oriented
St. Ignatius stated that the aim of Jesuit schools is “improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good”. In 1973, Father General Pedro Arrupe, SJ built on that tradition with a new challenge to Jesuit schools: “Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.” Service opportunities, retreats, religion class, extracurricular opportunities and classroom curriculum all contribute to a culture of justice oriented service at Nativity Prep.
"There are a lot of schools that serve innercity kids, but Nativity has something much more comprehensive. Yes, we provide skills for later success, but here, from our Jesuit perspective, we also want our students to graduate with the tools to find purpose and meaning in their lives."Volunteer Teacher and Benefactor
"I love seeing the students make connections on a retreat between an aspect of a saint’s life and something going on in their own lives. It’s powerful."Fr. Patrick Nolan, SJ, Nativity Prep volunteer
"It’s a robust education, forming men for others and educating the whole person. Nativity is not just about the ‘what’ you’re learning, but also about the ‘who’ you are."Paul Daoust, Former Chair of the Board of Trustees
"The most important lessons I carry with me from Nativity are not about Pythagoras' theorem, but rather lessons that you would be hard pressed to find at many other schools in the country. Nativity has taught me how firm a handshake should truly be, what it means to be a person for others, what it means to do work you are proud of, and to always put God first, ad maiorem dei gloriam."Quang Dang, Nativity Class of Grande ('11), Roxbury Latin ('15), Dartmouth College ('19)