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Sunday, April 08, 2012

KIPP-like Catholic School in the Central Region?

Have you ever heard of NativityMiguel Network of Schools?  I hadn't until I read a blurb in the Central District News about a feasibility committee doing surveys in the Central region this Thursday and Saturday. They have been working on this initiative for at least a year. 

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).

Like KIPP:
  • 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.
If this does come to pass, it will be interesting to see what effect a school of this type would have on that neighborhood.  The NM Seattle website says they would be in the Bailey-Gatzert/Washington area. 

2 comments:

dan dempsey said...

The tuition statement in regard to NativityMiguel that follows is mathematically incorrect and factually incorrect:

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.

(1) A $500/month tuition raises $5,000 in 10 months, which is 5000/14000 = 35%

(2) The closest NativityMiguel school to us is in Portland: St. Andrew Nativity School started in 2001-02.

St. Andrew Nativity School is the only tuition-free private middle school in the Pacific Northwest.

Dora said...

I would like to add that because of the onslaught of charter schools, Catholic schools have suffered. This could be a more proactive approach for Catholic schools.