Serviam Girls Academy’s roots date back to 1971 and the all boys, Jesuit middle school, Nativity Mission, founded on the lower east side of Manhattan. The inspiration for the NativtyMiguel Network of schools, Nativity Mission offered its students a uniquely structured program which included: small class sizes, allowing for meaningful interactions between students and teachers; and, an extended 10 hour school day and 10 month school year, reducing the students’ exposure to the difficulties and temptations of inner city life. Today, there are over 50 NativityMiguel schools across the United States and Canada, each with the mission of providing a quality, faith-based education to low-income students in order to prepare them for admittance into competitive high schools and ultimately, to college. Serviam Girls Academy is one of those schools. Having opened its doors in 2008 to a group of pioneering 5th and 6th grade students, Serviam is proudly educating 50-60 girls in grades 5 through 8, and supporting 66 alums in both high school and college.
In the tradition of the NativityMiguel schools and St. Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline Sisters, Serviam Girls Academy holds true:
- Respect for each person as a gift from God.
- Promotion of the development of the whole person in a caring, Christian community.
- Student engagement in a dynamic and supportive academic and enrichment program that motivates graduates to succeed in high school and to pursue higher education.
- The development of higher order thinking skills, especially critical and creative thought, to solve problems in an increasingly global world.
- A strong school community built by a partnership among students, faculty, family, community members, and organizations to provide a holistic education.
- The Gospel call to discipleship and service to the broader community.
- Student empowerment to be leaders and a voice for justice and compassionate change