New School Partnership with St. Martin DePorres Academy

Submitted by Maureen Hinkley on September 3, 2009

The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions is very excited to announce our new partner school, St. Martin DePorres Academy!

St. Martin DePorres Academy is modeled after the Jesuit Nativity Schools network. The first Nativity School was opened by the Jesuits in 1971 to educate at-risk children from the Lower East Side of New York City. The mission was to create a high-quality, non tuition-driven school for students who could not afford a costly private school education.

The central objective for St. Martin DePorres Academy is to ‘educate one precious child at a time’ as a Catholic middle school dedicated to providing a faith-based, tuition-free education for girls and boys from low-income families in the New Haven area. One of the Academy’s curricula goals is to focus on justice and peace education through nonviolence programs, social awareness education, and community outreach activities – a seamless fit with the mission of Fairfield University and the community outreach goals of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

Over the summer several faculty met with the St. Martin DePorres Academy Principal and Administrators to develop a list of needs and priorities to move this partnership forward!

Take a look at our new partner online.

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