School Details

Nativity School

3310 South Meadow Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46239
(317) 357-1459
6

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 405 students 16 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

95%
84%
83%
81%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
86%
92%
83%
89%
78%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
82%
100%
89%
90%
67%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
79%
100%
86%
79%
64%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
78%
87%
81%
63%
71%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
76%
87%
82%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2013-2014 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. GreatSchools Ratings for schools in IN are currently based on 2012-13 results for ISTEP+ and ECA, pending the release of ECA data for 2013-14. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
70%

End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Nativity School is a private middle school in Indianapolis. The principal of Nativity School is Terri Bianchini, whose e-mail is tbianchini@nativityindy.org. 405 students go to Nativity School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 0% of the Nativity School students are "limited in English proficiency." 0.6% of the 405 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Nativity School is 16:1. Raymond Park Middle School (7-8) is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 98% %
Multiracial 1.0% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0.6% None%
Limited English proficiency 0% None%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I must say that I could not have picked a better school for my children. I have seen multiple improvements since we enrolled our oldest child back in 2007. We have three children and are so pleased with the teachers the curriculum and the community environment. There is a saying "It takes a village to raise a child" well there isn't a better village out there then Nativity Catholic School. I feel that my children are safe well-educated and cared for while at school. Our youngest child will graduate from Nativity in 2025. We have a few years invested in this school and have several more to go. We look forward to each and every year to come as we see the great love and dedication the staff has for a Catholic Education. Thank you Terri Bianchini and your staff for the amazing education you provide for our children.

  • (1 year ago)

    Nativity Catholic School has enjoyed increasing enrollment in the last few years and there's a good reason why parents and faculty that care. Whether your child is very strong academically or needs additional instruction to meet their goals the staff recognizes these needs and work with the parent and child to succeed. Many volunteer opportunities exist at Nativity and you will always see a parent helping with a class a sports team or fundraising event. That underlines the fact that everyone cares!

  • (1 year ago)

    My children love the school teachers after school activities and would not want to go anywhere else. Not only are they learning curriculum but about enjoying and understanding their religious studies as well. We love Nativity and Father Pat!

  • (1 year ago)

    My oldest daughter (7th grade) has attended Nativity since 2nd grade (we moved her from a public school that was constantly in transition with teachers and principals) and my youngest (5th grade) has been at Nativity since Kindergarten. I can't say enough good things about the school the principal the teachers and our parish priest. When the principal and parish priest stand outside to greet all of the students being dropped off in the morning you can truly tell how much they care about the students and their education. The school continues to advance through technology in the classrooms to the building of a new science lab this summer. When you see more and more parents that attended Nativity as children enrolling their kids your confidence grows even more in knowing you selected the right school. I know that my kids will be more than ready for high school when they graduate.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children LOVE Nativity. The teachers are incredible! My kids can't wait to go to school every day!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is currently in the 6th grade. I have seen Nativity improve every year since he started kindergarten. I was raised in the Catholic School system and I am proud to be giving my son a Catholic education.

  • (2 years ago)

    First off this is the BEST school my daughter has ever attended! She was in public school since the beginning of her school career until she reached the 7th grade when she came to live with me. Anytime that I tease and ask if she would like to go back to public school she says "No Way!". That is good enough for me! The teachers have been extremely supportive of her in her transition and continue to be. Nativity is #1 in my book! God Bless! -Lou Everett

  • (3 years ago)

    I continue to be impressed by everything this school has to offer! My children continue to flourish academically spiritually emotionally and physically. Nativity has wonderful values teachers administration and families.

  • (3 years ago)

    I couldn't be more pleased choice we made to send our children to Nativity. Some things I have experienced with my kids *Expectation of good conduct and hard work by students *Interactive learning via online technology for math and reading *Volunteer activities within the school *Older students who mentor younger students *Teachers and staff who care very much about our students *A principal who listens is caring and is fair *A priest who the students (and parents) adore *A community of friends for students and parents *Christ-centered learning My children continue to 'wow' me with what they learn each and every day in math reading specials but I love when they come home and talk about their faith.

  • (3 years ago)

    Nativity is a wonderful place to teach. Students are very engaged parents are very supportive and faculty members encourage each other to do their best.

  • (3 years ago)

    An excellent school! I would highly recommend for any parent searching for a school who teaches catholic values integrated into the curriculum.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have 2 children at Nativity Catholic School and could not be happier with our school of choice! Nativity Catholic School provides students wtih a well-rounded Catholic education with its challenging curriculum state of the art technology and wonderful fine arts and physical education programs. The academic standards are high and the students are encouraged to reach their highest potential. Students are also encouraged to give back to their community by participating in monthly service projects that help those less fortunate. Nativity Catholic School has strong leadership and an exceptionally talented faculty and staff. As an added bonus the parish priest is a visible presence as he greets students each morning and actively participates in many school events. Sending our children to Nativity Catholic School is worth every penny especially when we hear our preschooler praying grace while playing tea party with her dolls or when we listen to our 2nd grader singing songs he learned from attending weekly class Masses. We cannot imagine our children receiving a better Catholic education in a more caring environment than our school of choice Nativity Catholic School.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has attended Nativity for two years and I have been extremely pleased. He had difficulty learning his letter and sound association in K but his teacher was very caring and attentive to his individual needs. Now in 1st grade and reading with confidence. He calls school his "second family" and absolutely loves it there. He is learning in leaps and bounds and it seems they are helping instill a love of learning every day while challenging the students to learn beyond what they believe is possible. The staff is very helpful and it is clear they truly love the students. The parents are involved and you can tell... what an exceptional group of families students and staff. Wonderful experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    Nativity Catholic School continues to grow in enrollment programs and academic achievement each and every year. In October 2010 Nativity was featured as one of Indianapolis' Best Schools by Indianapolis Monthly. We are ranked as high achieving with high growth in Mathematics by the Indiana Department of Education. We encourage to visit us to see for yourself that Nativity is truly "The School of Choice.

  • (4 years ago)

    I would not sent any of your children to this school. No discipllined is enforced. Save the money and you will be glad you did.

  • (4 years ago)

    Considering some of the posts here are getting outdated I would just like to state for the record that the technology department at Nativity Catholic School is brand new this year and is state of the art. This is a building wide improvement plan and we have been very busy making sure that we are not simply par with the township schools but are surpassing the technology found in those schools in every what possible. I strongly believe that the computer lab in our school would be a very familiar sight on most university campus.

  • (4 years ago)

    This our second year at Nativity and we love it. In addition to being academically challenged my daughter is learning more about responsibility and accountability. It pleases me to know that Nativity is helping to instill such traits in tandem with my parental efforts at home. Nativity offers an outstanding challenge for students academically. When compared to public schools I find that Nativity appears to be at least a year ahead. At "Back To School Night" the Principal shared the Nativity ISTEP scores by grade level compared to the state average. Nativity blew the state average away and far surpassed the "average" scores. Again further justification for me that my daughter is in the perfect school for us. I would not send her anywhere else. I highly recommend Nativity to any prospective parent(s).

  • (5 years ago)

    I discovered Nativity when I was looking for a school that provided all day kindergarten. We fell in love with Nativity from the start. The teachers are so invested in the success of the students and their love for teaching shows. There is a strong sense of community at Nativity and the students take pride in their school. The academic expectations and achievements make this school stand out. We have been here 4 years now and I will continue to make sacrifices in other areas if need be in order to continue to send my child to Nativity.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is our first year at Nativity. We have a 1st & 2nd grader currently enrolled. We have been so impressed with everyone at Nativity. The teachers in 1st & 2nd grade are exceptional. One of the things that surprised me right away was how the entire faculty & staff knew the names of every child. The involvement & continuous accessibility of the Principal & Priest are exceptional. We have experienced true care toward our children and our concerns. We just finished up the Advent & Christmas Season & I can not imagine the thought of my children EVER missing this wonderful time year at a public school again. The everyday presence of Christ in our school is priceless. I was raised in public school & always argued that I had a fine education... I had no idea what I missed until now. Nativity is a blessing to our entire family.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have put all 4 of my children through Nativity. Currently 2nd grade - 7th grade. We did public schools for 4 years and then made the switch to Nativity and have been a part of this great community school for 5 years now. My son had difficulty with Adams elementary with the large number of students and the inability of the teacher to give much time to each student. Nativity is small enough that my children get a lot of personal attention/help. All of the teachers know all of the students so there is accountability at all times. Most of the parents are involved and the teachers freely talk to the parents - this means the children know that we will hear about everything they do! All of my children love this school and are very happy to be a part of something special. Anita and Todd Schneider

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