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5936 Ridge Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45213

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(513) 458-6767
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May 25, 2014
I am currently enrolled at Nativity School. It is a wonderful school. They offer exchange programs that really give you a perspective on the world. I was fortunate enough to be able to take part in one of these exchanges. I went to El Salvador and it really made a difference in my life. My teachers and the faculty are wonderful. They are wholeheartedly dedicated to making sure we have the best education possible. Technology is also a large part of Nativity. There are computers in most classrooms and we use SMARTboards which really make a difference in our learning. Students in the UpperSchool (6-8) have the opportunity to join Tech Team, headed by Mr. Grunke. We learn many things which I will carry on in my life. All in all Nativity is a wonderful school that made an impact on my life. I will miss it as I am transferring to WHHS next year. I would recommend sending your child/ren here.

- submitted by a community member

May 16, 2014
Nativity is a great school for international and global awareness. They have excellent programs for exchange students and learning Chinese/Spanish. Nativity's academics are moderate. There is more work for the parent (helping with an abundance of sophisticated projects) than there is the child being taught & shown how to educate themselves. Ironically international diversity is valued more than domestic diversity within the administration. Parents/Families are click-ish. The same people head everything which leads to others feeling unwelcome. The elitist aura of the administration and some families makes for discomfort and is not substantiated. Nativity is overrated, but a big part of the Pleasant Ridge community. There's room to grow.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2012
i go to this school and im in 4th grade so far its been an amazing school the faculty and staff teach us new thing everyday it is also super fun its a great school u shuold send your children or child

- submitted by a community member

September 07, 2012
A successful school experience is impacted by many things: quality of teaching, the relationship among students, teachers and parents, the student s needs and the school s ability to meet those needs, the level of parent buy-in to the school s mission. When considering a school for their child, parents need to consider their priorities. Factors to consider: test scores, racial balance, arts program, world languages, proximity to home, extra curriculars, etc. Once you have the answers, it is good to walk the halls and sit in classes. You ll get a feel for what the student experience is by watching how the students conduct themselves in the classroom and cafeteria. Ask the question: Would this be a good place for my child? Keep in mind that there are things students learn in school for which there is no grade on the report card. These are life lessons: learning how to learn, to take turns, to collaborate, to respect and include others, to self-advocate, etc. At the end of the day, no school can be all things to all people. With due diligence, parents can find the best match for their children. We wish you all the best and hope that you find what you are looking for.

- submitted by a teacher

June 23, 2012
Sometimes it s just window dressing. As much as I would like to give a strong rating to Nativity, it would not be truthful. After 6 years at Nativity, my spouse and I decided for the future success of our children, they must leave the school. The Math program is equivalent to the lowest performing public school system. The focus on map testing is humorous! There is no defendable academic reason to place a majority of a child s multiple year grade on memorization of a map when mathematics & literature programs are suffering. The majority (not all) of teaching staff and administration are either under-qualified or should retire; like Goldilocks, they can get the experience of the staff and administration just right . Nativity is not the school for diverse students to succeed and retain important elements of self-worth, pride, exceptional educational and achievement of full growth opportunities. Black & Hispanic children are isolated mentally, physically and culturally. The teachers discourage children who speak other languages to speak those languages in the school. And the strict focus on Catholicism creates an atmosphere of Religious elitism that demeans other religious groups.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2010
We transfered our son here in 3rd grade and now he is entering 5th grade. He loves this school. He made friends easily the children were all very welcoming and accepting. The teachers and staff are excellent and the principal is phenomenal. They are all so committed to each child and treating your child as an individual with their own learning style and needs. The emphasis on global education is great, the map program as well. The art teacher is really great too. There is excellent parent involvment. We love Nativity!

- submitted by a parent
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April 18, 2010
When my children attended, Nativity was committed to educational excellence, being inclusive, giving back to the community, and helping every child succeed.

- submitted by a parent
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September 16, 2009
Incredible commitment to global education

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2007
Nativity School is a Catholic parish school. Many, but not all, of the students are Catholic and many live in Pleasant Ridge or close by. It is truly a community school, and our family appreciates the warmth and support of community. The academic performance of the students is consistently strong, year after year. The foreign exchange program is extraordinary. The kids learn firsthand about other people and places. Our children have visited Argentina, Mexico, and Finland. We have hosted a girl from Malaysia. An exchange with China is planned for this year. The school is supported solely through parish contributions and tuition paid by the parents. The art, music and phys ed departments are very good and a wide array of sports are offered.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2007
After a move to the area Nativity was recommended to us. Everything seemed good with the school initially; the principal & teachers were very nice. Our child was enrolled in the school at the end of the month around the 22nd. I enrolled in the payment program & received the tuition letter on the 10th of the next month & to our surprise & aggravation our first payment was due on the 25th of the previous month, three days after our child started school! To add frustration I received an unprofessional phone call from the business manager chastising us for being late on a payment & stating that we needed to worry about our priorities. I was angry & disgusted by his tone & behavior on the phone; he was rude, unprofessional & condescending. The education piece of the school is acceptable, unlike the business side.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2006
Excellant quality academics, well prepared for high school, wonderful music and art programs. Good variety of sports and inclusive of all talent levels. Unparalleled parental involvment. My oldest is getting married next year and wants to raise her children in this wonderful community and have her children attend Nativity school.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2004
My children were well prepared for high school after having attending Nativity School. The 'extras' that make Nativity stand out are the map studies program, the student exchange program and the emphasis on the arts. The dedicated staff challenged each of my children to be the best person they could be. Nativity exceeded my expectations.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2004
Nativity is an outstanding school that greatly prepared me for academic success throughout high school and college. The school community is warm, caring, and very involved. The principal is a great example for his staff in that he is concerned with each student's well-being. I could not have asked for a better experience in my nine years at Nativity, nor a more well-rounded education.

- submitted by a student

October 19, 2004
Nativity is home to an excellent staff of teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2004
Academically things seem ok but this school is very clickish. Everyone knows everyone and also knows everyone elses business. Parent involvement is encouraged as long as it does not challenge or question the system. If this happens your information is not kept confidential, it is obvious that everyone knows and they treat you accordingly. My child was ostracized by other children, seemingly at the instruction of some parents and it seems that the vision of a christ-like atmosophere disappears suddenly if you are not basking in the glory of the school. I think that it lacks confidentiality and that because alot of the staff and parents grew up togther or live in the same neighborhood they cannot seem to make up their own minds about you. They take a situation that may not have been glowing for the school and ostracize you and possibly your child because of it. Tread Carefully!

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2004
Currently Pleasant Ridge is the hotest area of Cincinnati for realtors, according to Cincinnati Magazine. The strength of Nativity School is a major factor in the strength of Pleasant Ridge, Kennedy Heights, and Amberly Village.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
The greatest school in the world. Great principal, great teachers, and a great atmosphere. Students really have a good time learning here with all the benefits they have.

- submitted by a community member
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Nativity School
5936 Ridge Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45213
(513) 458-6767
Last modified Nativity School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Nativity School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top