NativityMiguel was started in July 2006 to create a network of Catholic schools throughout the country and specifically target low-income students in struggling neighborhoods. They are a 5-8 model with 64 schools in 27 states.
Now normally, I would not be writing about a private (and religious to boot) school. But this fascinates me because of how much it parallels KIPP (except for cost).
- tries to reach mostly struggling low-income students; Kipp - 85% free/reduced lunch, NM 89% free/reduced lunch
- mostly a 5-8 model (although KIPP has a few high schools and elementary schools)
- KIPP is funded mostly through federal, state and local taxes as well as private donations (15%); NativityMiguel is funded mostly through Catholic groups with a tuition of about $500 a month (about 3% of the cost)- both spend about $14k per student
- both have extended day and year programs; KIPP runs from 7:30 am- 5 p.m. and NativityMiguel runs from from 8 am to 6 pm, both with summer learning.
- college-focus for all students
- one variation? Class size. KIPP runs between 27-32 students while NativityMiguel runs 17-20. Both have smaller school sizes.
- NativityMiguel's websites avoid the question of how one enrolls but you don't have to be Catholic to enroll (but they are faith-based). So I'm assuming they can pick and choose. They also say nothing about Special Education or ELL. KIPP takes all students as a public school but they have been dinged for counseling out students they don't want to keep/exiting students they feel are a problem.