Graduate Support


NativityMiguel School of Scranton is committed to the life-long success of its students. It is NativityMiguel School of Scranton’s goal that all of its graduates attend a selective, highly regarded, college preparatory high school, successfully graduate from high school, and continue on to post-secondary education so they are in the position to support themselves and their families.

Consequently, NativityMiguel School of Scranton’s commitment to each student and family extends beyond graduation from 8th grade. The graduate support services at NativityMiguel School of Scranton formally begin in 7th grade and continue on through high school, college placement, and beyond.

These graduate support services encompass:

  • Supporting students and families with the transition into private or competitive public high schools through assistance with high school selection, application, registration, and admissions
  • Maintaining contact with the students and families throughout high school, monitoring academic progress and, in collaboration with the high school guidance office staff, providing help and access to resources that will support the students’ academic needs
  • Offering support, in collaboration with the high school college counseling staff and the Nativity Miguel Network, with college prep and placement activities
  • Maintaining ongoing contact with graduates and organizing social events that provide alumni the opportunity to re-engage with NativityMiguel School of Scranton and reunite with their peers.

For more information about the Graduate Support Program at NativityMiguel School of Scranton, please contact 570-955-5176.

Welcome to the Graduate Support Page! My name is Gina Spohr and I am the Director of Graduate Support here at NativityMiguel School of Scranton. As Director of Graduate Support, it is my job to help 7th and 8th graders develop the skills and learn the knowledge that they need to be successful in college preparatory high schools. On this page, you will learn more about what Graduate Support means for you and your child.

What is GSP?

The Graduate Support Program (GSP) is an important aspect of any NativityMiguel school. The GSP supports students and their families during middle school, in high school, and through college. The GSP is an always-present advocate for students to help them succeed in high school and beyond, welcoming graduates to come visit the school whenever they need assistance. The GSP helps to keep students involved and part of the NativityMiguel family. A typical GSP may include tutoring, mentoring, social events, school visits, tuition assistance, college visits, college application assistance, internships, summer job placements, etc. GSP Directors engage with alumni and collaborate with others across the country to best understand their students’ and graduates’ need, implementing best strategies to meet those needs so that current students and alumni can thrive.

  • NativityMiguel School of Scranton’s Graduate Support Program
    • As a relatively new school with its first graduating class in 2019, NativityMiguel School of Scranton (NMS) is still developing its GSP.  While eventually incorporating college and postsecondary employment, NMS’s current GSP focuses on high school preparation, placement, and success.  Please click the tabs below to learn more about our GSP.
  • High School Preparation
    • High school preparation for NMS students begins in 7th grade, where 7th grade students will participate in a weekly High School Seminar class.  This class is taught by the Director of Graduate Support during the second half of a student’s 7th grade year.  This class continues to meet throughout a student’s entire 8th grade year.  In this class, some high school-related topics that are covered include:
      • Academics
      • Study skills
      • Organizational skills
      • Information about high schools
      • High school scholarships and financial aid
      • High school social life
      • Applications
      • Placement test preparation
  • High School Placement
    • The Director of Graduate Support works with each student individually to determine the best high school options for him/her.  The Director of Graduate Support takes several factors into account when recommending appropriate options for each student, including grades, disciplinary records, personal preferences, a student’s goals, finances, location from home to school, and more.
    • The Director of Graduate Support assists 8th grade students and their families through the high school admissions and financial aid application processes.  The Director of Graduate Support arranges for local and boarding schools to come and present at NMS to 8th grade students and their families.  The Director of Graduate Support coordinates shadow days at the high schools and placement tests, while also coordinating mock interviews.
  • High School Success
    • The Director of Graduate Support holds regular visits with NMS graduates at their high schools, ensuring that they are meeting the academic and behavioral standards of their institutions.
    • The Director of Graduate Support holds workshops for NMS graduates, covering a wide range of topics including study skills, financial literacy, SAT/ACT preparation, social-emotional learning, college applications, and more.
    • The Director of Graduate Support keeps in contact with NMS graduates to ensure that they receive assistance when needed.

Our Results

The NMS graduating class of 2019 has been admitted to several prestigious, private, college preparatory institutions, including Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA), Holy Cross High School (Dunmore, PA), Milton Hershey School (Hershey, PA), and Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School (Kingston, PA). They were awarded over $1.5 million dollars in scholarships and financial aid over their four years of high school.