Our History

"Love is shown more in deeds than in words."

St. Ignatius School is a Jesuit-sponsored middle school, inspired by the founding vision of Nativity Mission Center on New York's Lower East Side. For over twenty years, St. Ignatius School has served low-income middle schoolers in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, as well as SIS graduates in high school and college.

The history of the Nativity Model and St. Ignatius School:

  • 1948 – Nativity Mission Center opens to serve poor immigrants on the Lower East Side.
  • 1962 – Nativity Mission Center boys attend the first Summer Leadership Program at the Julian Reiss Foundation’s Camp Monserrate in Lake Placid, NY.
  • 1971 – Nativity Mission Center opens a middle school on Forsyth Street on the Lower East Side.
  • 1980’s – Nativity Mission Center begins to offer support to its graduates through high school and college.
  • 1990’s – Word of Nativity Mission Center’s success spreads and the “Nativity model” is replicated across the country.
  • 1995 – Saint Ignatius School is founded as a “Nativity model” middle school for boys in a storefront on Hunts Point Avenue, within the poorest congressional district in the United States (NY 16th).
  • 1998 – The first middle school class graduates. Summer Leadership Program in Lake Placid, NY and the Graduate Support Program are established.
  • 2002 – Alumni of the SIS class of ‘98 graduate high school.
  • 2004 – Saint Ignatius School moves the boys into a permanent school building and establishes a program for girls.
  • 2008 – First female class graduates.
  • 2013 – Saint Ignatius School undergoes an extensive restructuring of New York Nativity and officially begins a regrowth and rebirth as the sole member of NYN.
  • 2015 – Saint Ignatius School celebrates its twentieth anniversary.
  • 2016 – Saint Ignatius School approved by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus Sponsorship Review.
  • 2018 – Saint Ignatius School is awarded New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) accreditation.