In 1971, a group of Jesuits opened a middle school in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to serve the waves of Dominican and Puerto Rican immigrants settling in the area. The middle school, named Nativity Mission Center, provided their middle school-aged boys with an educational program in which they could excel academically, socially, and spiritually. Their model of education was characterized by:
- Small classes
- Rigorous academics
- An extended school day and year
- A Graduate Support Program that assists alumni through high school and college
The Nativity Mission Center’s academic demands and high standards for moral values that cultivated discipline, motivation, and compassion toward others in its students served as an inspiration for other educators seeking to provide outstanding education to low-income urban students, leading to the establishment of other schools that mirrored the mission and structure of the Natitvity Mission School.
And thus, the NativityMiguel model of schools was born.