Nativity is an exceptional school with high quality teachers, caring and capable administrators, and wonderful families and kids. I have sent two children through Nativity and I will be very sorry to say goodbye to this community when my youngest graduates. There are too many good teachers to list but the science and advanced math teacher in the upper grades is particularly skilled.
Do not send your child to Nativity. Carol Trelut has led this school into ruins. Though she is retiring after this year, the damage is done. The academics are behind, the middle school is far behind, bullying is rampant and the parents cliquish. If you are not part of the "in crowd" there is no place for you. If you are not part of the Men's Club, there is definitely no place for you. Carol Trelut believes that the new gym, Kindergarten building and third wing are her legacies. No, poor academics with rude/bullish teachers and parents is her legacy. The Student/Parent handbook is NOT followed. Rules are made up as she sees fit. The accelerated math teacher is awful! Carol allows for her to tutor students for a fee during school hours--YES during school hours. Until the archdiocese said no, Carol allowed for her offer parents to pay during the summer to start the math lesson early--YES they would start the book months earlier than others. Carol is satisfied if your child gets into at least one private high school. If your child gets into their first choice, she will not help them get into a second choice or off a waitlist. Carol allows parents to choose the decathlon team. Carol asks parent volunteers to fire other parent volunteers. This creates dissension in her parent body. This is the root of the cliques. Carol will not listen to anonymous letters, yet letters have been sent to the archdiocese, police and Investigative news source. She only answers to anonymous letters when forced to. Notice all the positive post on this sight? They are all within a couple days. She allowed a parent send an email to the school seeking for parents to write a positive post. The Monsignor is to blame too. He was told of her actions and has done nothing. Many families have left solely because of Carol and/or bullying. The current VP is not the ideal candidate to lead the school. Her mother is a large donor to church, sister sits on board and runs Booster and brother in law runs girls basketball. She is not an unbiased voice or opinion. Monsignor and the local principals have their work cut out for them to get Nativity back on track. Ask Carol about Yosemite 2015. Those families are still seeking answers. Nativity can be great again, but a lot of work needs to happen to correct the ways in which Carol allowed it to fail.
I have two children here and this is honestly one of the best schools we have been at. The community is warm and loving and welcoming to students. The academics especially the advanced math/science are amazing. Last year, one class got to dissect pig hearts and eyes - how cool is that? We love this school!
Grades K-5 have historically been strong. Grades 6-8 have not. Nativity's junior high is weak. It has been for years. This is proven by the amount of children leave the school going into either 5th or 6th grades.
The lower grades are fine. The middle school is busy work. It is ridiculous to have 7th and 8th grade students coloring pictures when writing a poem about themselves. Coloring pictures as a K student would do takes away from studying science or math.
Nativity has been a wonderful school for us. Our son has struggled with reading and Nativity was quick to act with their wonderful resource program. Since entering the program his reading has dramatically improved. The discipline is strict however very fair. The families are loving, caring, and diverse. It is a great community that pulls together especially with their Christmas Tree lot and annual carnival. They also have a wonderful men's club which helps with just about everything the school needs. Also, all teachers have master degrees and the school has an incredible focus on technology. We are very happy at this school.
Nativity School has been great for us for the past 6 years. Three of our children are there. We started in First Grade at Nativity, our kids were welcomed by the other kids, the teacher, and the community. What makes this school unique besides the excellent academic level, is the community of parents and families and the caring environment the faculty and staff demonstrate everyday with our children.