Why Nativity

Since 1921 we have welcomed students from all walks of life to an exciting educational program full of opportunities for academic and spiritual growth.  We invite you to become part of our tradition. Within these pages we hope you find the information you need as you consider enrolling your child at Nativity. This is an important step in your child’s education; Nativity is a great place for it to happen.

Learn More About Nativity

We know the decision of where to send your child to school is a complex one. We want to help! We encourage all new families to visit us in person and get to know the school and see if it is the right fit for you and your child.

Visit Nativity

The best way to get to know Nativity is to visit the school in person. Learn more about upcoming Admission events and how to schedule a tour.

Affording Nativity

We strive to make a Catholic education as affordable as possible for not only parishioners but those in the community as well.

How to Apply

Our goal is to make the admission process as easy as possible.

Why Nativity?

Solid Academics

The students are on a journey to become the persons God has called them to be.  Nativity is a great place for that journey to take place. Through the academic program we offer, they develop the necessary skills.

Global Perspective

Global education enhances your child’s compassion, tolerance and appreciation of inherent differences among cultures.


The arts are an integral part of the education Nativity offers. They enrich the curriculum and your child’s experience at Nativity by providing connections to religion, math, social studies, science, and language arts.


Technology is important for the future success of your child and is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. Through the use of handheld technology we are able to give students additional help in the classroom.

All Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Your child’s religious education is the fundamental reason Nativity School exists.

Frequently Asked Questions

What grades do you teach at Nativity?

Kindergarten through grade 8

What are Nativity’s school hours?

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m.

Do you have yellow bus service?

No yellow bus service is available for our students, but Metro cards are offered for older students who live more than one mile away from school.

Does Nativity offer scholarships or financial aid for tuition?

Financial aid is available for active Nativity Parish members only. Financial aid request forms are submitted in the spring. There are no scholarships available. Nativity does participate in the Ed Choice Program sponsored by the State of Ohio. Call the Nativity School Office for details. 513-458-6767

Does Nativity provide a hot lunch program?

Students can purchase a complete hot lunch for $3.00 to $3.50 or bring their own lunch. Milk and fruit juices are available to purchase in the cafeteria, as well as some snacks.

What are your class sizes?

Average class size is 20-23 students. The maximum number of students per class is 25 in Kindergarten and 30 in grades 1 through 8.

Do Nativity students wear uniforms?

Yes, your son will wear navy pants and white or light blue shirts. Your daughter (Grades K-6) will wear a plaid jumper and white shirt or (Grades 6-8) she will wear a plaid skirt and white shirt. Details can be found in the Nativity School Handbook.

How do I begin the registration process for my child at Nativity School?

Contact Nancy Ciarniello, (513) 458-6767, for additional information or to receive application forms.

Applications for new students at Nativity School will be accepted from February 1 to May 15th.

What is the tuition?

Members of the Finance Commission work with the Accounts Manager to formulate recommendations for the school budget. These recommendations are forwarded to the entire Finance Commission, which prepares the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget, which includes the tuition rates, is approved by Nativity’s Parish Council in the spring of each year. Current tuition rates can be found here.

Is there an application fee?

There is a $100.00 per student application fee which is non-refundable if you decide not to send your child to Nativity.

What else do I need to register my child?

You are asked to submit a copy of your child's birth certificate and baptismal certificate with the application forms. If you are applying for grades one through eight you must also submit a copy of your son's/daughter's most recent report card and most recent standardized test scores.

Must students pass a test before being accepted at Nativity?

If you are applying for admission into Kindergarten, your child must attend Kindergarten Round-Up in the spring. This is an opportunity for your son/daughter to become familiar with the Kindergarten staff and for you to meet with the principal to learn more about Nativity. Because incoming Kindergarten students come from a variety of preschools, Round Up enables our teachers to obtain information about the skill level of the incoming students that will enable them to plan for the start of school.

Transfer students (Grades 1-8) are given a reading and math assessment. They are also given a writing prompt from which they are asked to provide a spontaneous writing sample. The purpose of the test is to get to know your child’s talents and abilities and to be sure that Nativity can meet their educational needs.

When considering the application of a student transferring to Nativity, we look for a student who is working at or above grade level as measured by the Gates-McGinite Reading Test and the Comprehensive Math Inventory. If your son/daughter is serious about education and has your support, he/she will find that Nativity offers many opportunities to excel in academics, the arts, and athletics. Our students’ achievement as measured by the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and our students’ achievement on the high school entrance tests provide solid evidence that Nativity students do well. If your son/daughter understands the value of an education and is willing to work hard, Nativity can be just the right

When will I know if my child has been accepted at Nativity?

After all required application forms, application fee, copies of report card and test scores and birth and baptismal certificates have been submitted, the entrance test or Kindergarten Roundup will be scheduled. Test results will be reviewed along with all other information, and we will send you a letter about a week later.

How can I find out more information about Nativity?

Observe the classes (K-8) in action, contact parents whose children attend Nativity, call the school office (513) 458-6767 to schedule a tour and / or a meeting with the principal, Mr. Dave Arbogast.