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Nativity Prep Academy of San Diego

Higher Expectations * Deeper Relationships * Better Outcomes

aka Nativity Prep Academy   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.nativityprep.org

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Mission

Nativity Prep Academy is a private-independent, all-scholarship Catholic middle school and college access program for young men and women from historically under-resourced communities who represent the first generation of their family to graduate from college. Eleven years of support empower our students to excel through high school, college, and beyond, becoming role models and leaders in their communities. Our Mission is to provide a uniquely effective, integrated program of academic preparation, graduate support, and mutual long-term commitment that achieves nationally-recognized excellence in terms of college graduation rates for our students.

Ruling year info

2000

Principal Officer

Jessica Hooper

Main address

6126 Adelaide Avenue

San Diego, CA 92115 USA

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EIN

33-0886247

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The current national challenge is found in two simple statistics. The national college graduation rate for students from low-income situations who enroll in college is 16% while the overall graduation rate for all students is 60%, a sobering and unacceptable gap. Nativity Prep is leaning into college graduation rates that are equal to or will equal or will exceed the national graduation rate of higher-income students. Nativity Prep Academy helps to break the cycle of generational poverty through education. It makes an 11-year commitment to the low-income students it serves starting in the 6th grade and continuing through their college graduation. The program includes a rigorous tuition-free Catholic middle school for 70 students and a strong Graduate Support Program to assist over 270 students through high school and college. Our vision is for our students, all of whom represent the first generation in their families to go to college, to earn his or her four-year college degree.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

High School and College Support Program (Graduate Support Program)

Our High School and College Support Programs provides hands-on guidance to Nativity Prep Academy middle school graduates, preparing them for success at top regional high schools and for matriculation to colleges and universities.

Our graduate support staff works on a one-on-one basis with each student to achieve excellence throughout middle school, high school and through college. In middle school, students are taught about high school, colleges and career paths. They learn what it means to be a part of Nativity Prep’s 11-year commitment to remain alongside them in their journey until they graduate college. In high school, we provide them a place to do their homework with tutoring, use of computers and technology, PSAT/SAT/ACT prep classes as well as job/internship placement, financial aid and scholarship application assistance for college, and counseling in a safe, caring, familiar setting. Nativity Prep Academy also provides tuition support to attend private high schools, along with subsidies for uniforms, books, transportation, and other costs, to assure our graduates in high school have the capacity to excel.

Nativity Prep provides high school workshops where to students return to campus weekly for assistance with transitioning successfully to high school as well as laying the groundwork to prepare them for college. During the summer, the students and their families receive individualized support that focuses on college matriculation and strategies to help ensure they persist in college with an eye towards emphasizing personal responsibility, leading to a life of independence, significance and meaning.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

The purpose of Nativity Prep is to break the cycle of generational poverty by developing our students’ ability to live a life of choice and opportunity. Our students will be productive, faith-filled, and fulfilled members of society who understand the importance of giving back.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

WASC- accredited 2018

Affiliations & memberships

NativityMiguel Coalition Member 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

High School and College Support Program (Graduate Support Program)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Expressed as a percentage. College is defined as a 4 year university and community college.

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

High School and College Support Program (Graduate Support Program)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Expressed as a percentage.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

83% of middle school students have expressed an interest in a STEM related field.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

For the hardworking students at Nativity Prep, our purpose is to provide a genuine and proven alternative, a best-case scenario, to inspire in them a clear and hopeful vision for their future—from middle school, through high school, to college and beyond. Our mission is to provide them with an excellent education beginning in grades six, seven, and eight, one focused on the full development of each student—academically, socially, physically, spiritually and emotionally. By tracking the success of our graduates in four-year colleges, and by working to convert those in two-year community colleges to four-year college graduates, we have learned that our students' success after eighth grade depends in large part on talented and caring staff who can continue to provide critical support for them throughout high school and into college.

Nativity Prep makes an 11-year commitment to the students we accept into the sixth grade. This commitment includes three years of middle school, four years of high school, and at least four years of college. Our high expectations and the deep relationships we develop on this 11-year journey has led to better outcomes.

We describe our strategies in terms of three challenges:

1) To graduate each and every student to high school, ready to excel.
As we grow and invest in our Middle School Program, we work to maintain small class sizes, professional teachers as well as robust counseling, mentoring and guidance programs.
2) To effectively support every student on their journey to college.
The Nativity Prep commitment far exceeds the three years of our Middle School Program, transitioning into our Graduate Support Program. We begin this support as soon as the students arrive in the sixth grade. We place our students in different high schools throughout San Diego, providing scholarship support as well as weekly support workshops where the high school students return for SAT prep, college selection, career counseling and more.
3) To graduate students from low-income situations at rates that meet or exceed the rate of privileged students.
For our students and their families, college acceptance is an amazing accomplishment, introducing a whole new world. We are investing additional staff resources to engage and support students during their college years, dramatically increasing the college graduation rate of our students.

Nativity Prep Academy is part of a 50-member schools coalition of schools dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through education. We share best practices and results-oriented solutions to help our students achieve their dream of a college degree. Member schools are located are located in 16 states, the District of Columbia, and two Canadian Provinces. Our schools educate nearly 3,500 students and support over 6,000 graduates.

Following are some recent successes and stats from the past three academic years:

Graduates from last year's eighth-grade class (Class of 2019) earned admissions to and are currently attending, among others, the following high schools: Cathedral Catholic High School, Francis Parker School, High Tech High, Mater Dei Catholic, Academy of Our Lady of Peace, and the Bishop's School.

Better than 99% of our graduates have earned their high school diplomas to date.

The past few high school classes were accepted to a number of two- and four-year colleges, including Notre Dame, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, University of Arizona, Xavier University, Seattle University, Hofstra University, San Diego State, UC Merced, UC Riverside, Cal State San Marcos, and others.

Better than 83% of our graduates matriculate to two- and four-year colleges and universities after graduating high school.

Better than 97% daily student-attendance rate for the past few academic years.

For the past few academic years, 100% parent attendance for quarterly parent-teacher conferences.

9:1 student/teacher ratio roughly three times better than area public schools.

With an extended year and extended-school day, 35% additional school hours compared to area schools.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nativity Prep Academy of San Diego

Board of directors
as of 02/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Paul Bishop

Architect

Jamie Carr

Civic Leader

Kenny Jones

Kendal & Associates

Joe Jordan

Motivational Systems Inc.

Rod Powers

Cubic Corporation

Ham Southworth

CBRE

Christie Theone

Qualcomm

Bill Rohn

Pfenex, retired

Gil Brady

Core Strengths

Frank Casella

Retired

Brian Caster

Caster Properties, Inc.

Jennifer Damian

SDGE

Heather Hererra

University of San Diego

Rebekka Jez

University of San Diego

Michael Lovette-Colyer

University of San Diego

Mary Meigs

Civic Leader

Ray Nieto

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Michael Privett

Wealth Advisor

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/21/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability