Distinctive Nativity Model

We seek to replace the cycle of poverty in our community with a cycle of hope and opportunity by educating youth for a life of Christian leadership and service in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition.


Nativity Jesuit remains committed to these essential elements:

  • Strong partnership with families
  • Challenging academic environment and extended school day
  • Rigorous five-week, residential, academic summer program at the school’s Mercer campus. This is our third semester that helps to eliminate the “summer slide” in learning that is common for urban students
  • Comprehensive Graduate Support Program that offers extended academic and financial support through high school graduation and beyond


Highlights of our Academic Program include:

  • Distinctive Nativity model school – Only one in Wisconsin
  • Extended school day with mandatory study hall led by teachers (Monday – Thursday)
    • 4:00 p.m. dismissal for 4th and 5th graders
    • 5:00 p.m. dismissal for 6th-8th graders
  • Aftercare available for K4–3 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)
    • 3:00 p.m. dismissal for K4-3rd graders
  • Rigorous instruction aligned to Common Core in reading and math
  • Science curriculum aligned to Next Generation Science Standards
  • Religion classes for every grade
  • Spanish and English Classes
  • Blended Learning instruction in reading, math and science in all grades (an education program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods)
  • Art classes for K4-8
  • Music classes offered by the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for K4-5
  • Extended school year – summer program
    • Milwaukee Campus
      • 2-week summer school for 2nd and 3rd graders
      • 5-week summer school for 4th and 5th graders
    • Mercer Campus
      • 5-week residential academic camp program for 6th-8th graders
        • Academic classes
        • Leadership and social development
        • Sports and outdoor activities
  • Extracurricular programs include academic opportunities and athletic programs

Key Parts of Nativity Jesuit Academy

Nativity Jesuit celebrates its Latino culture through:

  • Spanish Classes
  • Masses in English and Spanish
  • Parent involvement and Parent workshops
  • Annual Posada Celebration
  • Virgin of Guadalupe Feast Day Mass
  • Latino culture celebrated through student art classes; student artwork displayed throughout the school
  • Marching in the Mexican Independence Day Parade

Nativity Jesuit celebrates its Catholic faith through:

  • Weekly Mass celebrated by Jesuit priest
  • Communion preparation in 2nd grade
  • Middle school retreats
  • Religion classes
  • Morning assembly that begins with student led prayer
  • Afternoon prayerful reflection

The Jesuit order of Catholic priests and brothers has embraced the belief that true education should develop not only the mind but also moral and spiritual character of each student. Nativity Jesuit aims at both academic excellence as well as the growth of the whole student so they are prepared for high school, college and leadership in the community.


That is why we take the Jesuit educational principle, Care for the Whole Person (cura personalis), very seriously at Nativity Jesuit. In a special way, this value is expressed through our desire to listen to our students and to always be aware that a student is more than just a mind. Our concern is for the whole person, and encounters with students often present an opportunity to discuss emotional, physical, or spiritual matters as well as academic issues.


Nativity Jesuit celebrates its Jesuit identity by instilling “Graduate at Graduation” values in our students:

  • Open to Growth
  • Seeking Intellectual Excellence
  • Religious
  • Loving
  • Committed to Justice