This school provides, for the most part, a caring environment for students. The principal wants to make it a great school, but the current teaching staff (with some notable exceptions) is not up to the task. The dramatic drop in enrollment in the upper grades (very few boys remaining) might raise red
... Read more flags for some parents and students. Though the school claims 100% "certification" of its teachers, parents might research the standards for "VCEA Certification," which are rather sparse and vastly different from those required in VA public schools (note: a few Nativity teachers do, I believe, hold state certification). While certification alone does not guarantee quality teaching, it does ensure that teachers have some background in childhood development, teaching theories, etc. We have found both excellent and very poor teachers at the school - truly the entire spectrum of teaching abilities and personalities. However, the frequent lack of professionalism (evidenced in small part by no teacher dress code) and discipline (a few teachers act VERY immature, with no repercussions) made us finally give up. We are searching for a new school. Nativity could be great but, sadly, is not. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/14/13
The administration at Nativity is unavailable regarding parent concerns and uneven in decision-making when they finally do get involved. Huge disappointment. The middle school enrollment is shrinking drastically, with far less than 10 students entering 8th grade. Not a good environment for every child.
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Posted by a parent on 07/11/13
I am a parent of a Nativity alumni. My son graduated a couple of years ago from this wonderful school. I happened to come across this website while surfing the net and was shocked to read the post below. I really feel sorry for this parent's negative experience. We had quite the opposite experience.
... Read more My son who was a below average student in the public schools flourished immensely at Nativity. From a C grade student, he graduated as an A grade student. He graduated from High School with an above 4.0 GPA. He took many AP courses and Earned 4s and 5s in final exams that earned him about 20 college credits. We are so thankful to Nativity teachers and administration for believing in him and molding him into an excellent student and wonderful human being. We always felt welcomed in the school and the administration was always available to meet with us and discuss our concerns. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/11/13
Nativity Catholic School provides children with safe and secure place to learn, explore, and discover with the emphasis on living the gospel. The curriculum at Nativity is Gifted and Talented. All children are encouraged to stretch their minds as they reach for the stars. Nativity has a small-town
... Read more feel and often people who visit will comment on how much it feels like home. Parents at Nativity are invested in their children's education which is witnessed by the numerous social and academic events throughout the year. Nativity students participate in their own annual Thanksgiving feast, Christmas Pageant, and a Seder meal. I encourage you to visit the school ( schedule an appointment) and see what makes this little school shine. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/04/13
Very organized school. Quick process getting enrolled and established. Excellent orientation day (sneak-a-peek). Organized volunteer program. Love the website. Staff and families very friendly, community oriented and embracing. Some of the typical 'politics' and the normal mix of regular volunteers
... Read more that become the 'in' crowd but they were very REAL people and not some of the more clique-type gossip hounds. Very impressed with their SCIENCE program! And Band! Wonderful mix of extra classes....LOVE THIS. The only down side for me - mass only ONCE per month! I am a believer in Catholic Mass creating our routine opportunity to build our community with the gospel - praying together and worshiping together. Educating the children on becoming ministers - teaching the we as laypersons create the Mass that it is not just about an altar and a priest. This is NOT to imply the religious education is substandard in ANY way. October was appropriately focused on the rosary - how to pray it, how to use it. This is wonderful community and the teacher's are phenomenal. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/12/12
Clearly, the parent who wrote on 2/27/12 has some ax to grind. I have a few counter points to this parent's post. The middle school is an exceptional program taught by licensed, certified, talented teachers. Parents sometimes decide after 6th gr. to move their kids to public school for middle school
... Read more to better transition for high school. The teacher/student ratio at the middle school grades is fantastic; students reap benefits small class sizes offer. The idea girls are preferred to boys is untrue; my sons' experience have been nothing but positive and inclusive. It is unfortunate the parents who posted on 2/27/12 feel differently regarding their own son's experience, but to take 8-12 years to decide a school is not suited to your child is poor judgment by those parents. Religion is taught as a core subject daily in all grades, according to Diocesan curriculum. No teachers have "fled" to St. Bernadette's. Two teachers accepted the same administrative position there (a few years apart, of course), to move from teaching to administration upon completing their masters' degrees for that area of expertise. By the way, our music teacher is also the music teacher at St. Bernadette's. ;) Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/16/12
I would like to address the negative comment the parent who posted on February 27, 2012 wrote about Nativity's talented and exceptional art teacher, Mrs. O'Donnell. This parent must have a personal issue with both her and Ms. Doyle (the music teacher) to write something so pointedly unkind. I would
... Read more like to say that Mrs. O'Donnell is not only a wonderful art teacher, she is a wonderful person. She provides enriching and varied art skill instruction in all grades, K-8, and often collaborates with classroom teachers to plan cross-curriculum lessons for additional instructional benefit. The artwork she hangs all over our school demonstrates her dedication to her students and working with them at their individual age and grade levels. In addition, she goes above and beyond her position as the art teacher to teach an art elective class weekly to the middle school grades, as well as an after school art club for students interested in this extra-curricular opportunity. The extra time and work she offers to help our school celebrate special religious occasions, such as Christmas, Lent and Easter speaks to her commitment to help make our Catholic school the best that it can be. Read less
Posted by a teacher on 05/15/12
In response to the February 27, 2012 parent review. I have one question to ask you. If you disliked Nativity so much, feel the teachers are not qualified, are not teaching religion, art, or music to your satisfaction; why are all three of your children Nativity graduates? There is a reason for Nativity
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Posted by a parent on 05/15/12
I just thought I'd shake things up a bit and comment from a student's perspective. I attended Nativity for the full 9 years and it was the best foundation I could have ever asked for. I'm currently a senior at my university through which I am enrolled in one of the top nursing programs in the region.
... Read more I have a job at school and hold 2 active positions in my greek organization, and I do all of this while maintaining a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Now how am I able to do all of this with a smile on my face? It's from the strong foundation I already had from my family coming into Nativity as well as the structure I received through out my years there. This structure led to my motivation, determination, academic excellence as well as my strong work ethic. Keep in mind its not ONLY what the students learn at Nativity, its also the home environment in which learning is supposed to continue, not be criticized. Lets not be so narrow-minded, parents. You have a job to do too. K-8th grade are vital to a child's cognitive development and Nativity teachers do MORE than enough to let their minds flourish that but they can't go home with them. Nativity is an amazing school, everyone can't be so lucky. Read less
Posted by a other on 05/15/12
We have spent twelve years at Nativity School and greatly regret it--especially once the kids became of junior high age. There is good reason people flee this school beginning in sixth grade, and its not all just because they plan to attend public school. There are 14 kids in the 8th grade class.
... Read more We have found an utter lack of consistency in applying discipline, uniform standards, and even grading. My children,who previously enjoyed music and art, all grew to hate it. Unless your boy is more like a girl, he WILL be discriminated against. Worst of all is if you take your religion seriously, this is NOT the place to have it fostered. No substance. My kids all attend Catholic high school now, and the difference between what they knew about their religion coming in and what other kids knew, was vast. Academically, it is very hit or miss. Without our constant involvement, it would have been a lot more "miss". We definitely do not feel we got our money worth. Recommend you try St. Bernadette's in Springfield--where some of our (best) teachers and students fled. Read less
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Burke schools — Nativity Catholic School is located at 6398 Nativity Ln, Burke VA 22015. 6398 Nativity Ln is in the 22015 ZIP code in Burke, VA The school district for Nativity Catholic School is the Diocese Of Arlington. Nativity Catholic School is a Catholic school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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