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Sacred Heart Nativity School for boys and Our Lady of Grace Nativity School for girls are urban Catholic middle schools. In partnership with the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of San Jose, and the Parish of Sacred Heart, the schools seek to lay the foundation for young women and men to succeed in college prep high school programs, in college, and beyond. The schools are dedicated to providing a Catholic education for students of low income families with priority given to families of the Sacred Heart Parish community. In the Jesuit tradition, Nativity students are encouraged to deepen their relationship with God as they become women and men for others.
Sacred Heart Nativity School (Nativity) is an urban Jesuit middle school that serves 105 low-income students in grades 6, 7 and 8 in the Washington/Gardner area of San José, a vibrant but economically disadvantaged neighborhood that houses a dense, immigrant population. Nativity families have an average household income of $29,000. More than 90% of the students residing in the area qualify for a reduced-price school lunch. Currently, 100% of its students are Latino, most are from immigrant families, and English is not the primary language spoken at home. As long as there is poverty and unequal access to higher education, Nativity will continue to work to level the playing field for low-income students. The school offers a transformative experience that results in academically strong, well prepared, and spiritually grounded young people. Nativity’s program develops the whole child by preparing students in five areas: strengthening academic preparation for high school; increasing co-curricular participation; fortifying spiritual formation; improving technological literacy and 21st century critical thinking skills, and improving self-advocacy skills that will help the student navigate high school and university.
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