Donate To Nativity Preparatory School

Nativity's Annual Appeal 2022

As an independent, tuition-free middle school for young men of New Bedford, we rely on the support of foundations and individuals to keep Nativity going day in and day out!

Our statistics are worthy:  Nativity Prep alumni have a 98% 4-year high school graduation rate. Historically, 83% of those Nativity students enrolled in higher education, and a number entered the workforce or military, many in trades that they majored in at vocational-technical high schools.

Our students have much to gain from a Nativity experience during these significant middle school years.  We thank you for investing in excellence in education!

Student Sponsorship Circles

The annual per pupil cost of a Nativity education averages approximately $21,000.  As such, a terrific way to offset the cost of this excellent tuition-free education is through student sponsorship.

The student sponsorship program is one way to provide donors with the knowledge that their support is having a significant impact on a young man's education!

All sponsor circles receive student-written letters and invitations to various school events if they desire.

Ready to change a boy's life?

Sponsorship can be provided in multiple ways.

Sponsorship Circles

  • The Frederick Douglass Circle           $10,000
  •  The Paul Cuffee Circle                        $7,500
  • The Martha Briggs Circle                     $5,000
  • The William Carney Circle                   $2,500


Nativity Preparatory School is an independent, tuition-free middle school for boys from limited financial means in New Bedford.  The school received initial start-up support from the Highland Street Foundation.  The school's annual budget of just over $1 million comes from many generous individuals, businesses, and foundation and fundraising events in the spring and fall.

There are several opportunities for donors to support Nativity.  All gifts to Nativity Preparatory School are tax-deductible, and a gift of any size or amount makes a difference and is greatly appreciated!

Teacher Sponsorships

The cost of sponsoring an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow is $10,000 annually.

Nativity teachers begin as recent college graduates and take part in the  AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow Program. Coming from a variety of educational backgrounds and geographical regions, Nativity teachers have a track record of enthusiastic commitment to Nativity students and the school's mission.  In return for their hard work, they receive room and board and a modest stipend.  Over the years, a number have been retained as salaried teachers at the school.  Over 80% of Fellows have remained in the field of education following their service at Nativity Prep.

Other Ways to Give

Donations of products, services, and/or time and expertise are always welcome.  You are welcome to consider:

  • MEMORIAL GIFTS - As a tribute to a family member or friend, you may consider giving a gift to Nativity in their name. Nativity acknowledges all gifts and, if you wish, will honor your request to inform family members of your donation to the school.
  • RECOGNITION OF SPECIAL OCCASION GIFTS - You may wish to honor a family member or friend for a milestone in their life with a gift to Nativity. This is a thoughtful way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, the birth of a child, or a promotion.