Nazareth Regional High School is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, co-educational private Catholic high school that has provided over 50 years of continuous service to the Brooklyn community. We offer a 4-year academic, college preparatory and religious education curriculum. We are governed by a policy-making lay board of trustees and are affiliated with the American Central Province of the Xaverian Brothers. The school is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. Nazareth Regional High School serves approximately 300 students from Brooklyn and Queens.
Nazareth High School is a nationally recognized School of Excellence that has a 98% graduation rate with 96% of its students going to college. For the past 5 years, Nazareth students have earned between $3 and $5 million in scholarship money annually.
Honors Program and Advanced Placement Courses are available in a variety of subjects. In addition, many college courses are offered through an affiliation with the local Catholic University, St. John’s.
Dozens of extra-curricular activities fit any teen’s interest or background. Sports include football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, track, softball and volleyball. At games, the bleachers are packed to cheer on the Nazareth Kingsmen. Last year, Nazareth graduated 7 students who are going on to play Division 1 college basketball.
Nazareth RHS is in the fourth year of its revolutionary Principal’s Plan. The building has undergone extensive renovations including a new Science Lab, Media Center and Technology Center. The future has never been brighter for the school or its students. Nazareth is truly a place, “Where Bright Futures Begin.”
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The first semester of the initial year of Nazareth High School was spent at the newly completed Bishop Kearney High School, since Nazareth’s building was yet unfinished. In the spring of 1963, Bishop Brian McEntegart dedicated the new building, and the first class of freshmen joined the small Nazareth faculty in moving into their own school. The Catholic people of Brooklyn had generously given millions of dollars to ensure the continuance of Catholic secondary education in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Brother John Olsen, C.F.X., served as first Principal from that year until 1966. He, and the other Xaverian Brothers and Catholic laymen who administered and staffed the new school, chose to center the goals of Nazareth around the theme “wisdom, age, and favor with God” because these were the qualities of Jesus as described in Scripture as he grew up in the town of Nazareth.
The first class of Nazareth Kingsmen graduated in June of 1966. Nazareth prospered in those years using new educational methods that characterized the school as a forward looking, progressive institution.
In 1974, the Principal, Brother Mathew Burke, with the encouragement of Bishop Francis Mugavero, formed a new Catholic school governed by a Board of Trustees because the Diocese could no longer continue to subsidize the school. The new school was called Nazareth Regional High School and was staffed mostly by Catholic laymen along with some religious men and women. In 1976, the school admitted women for the first time, and in June, 1980 the first female valedictorian was selected.
In 1994, Nazareth Regional High School was formally affiliated with the network of schools sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers American Province. As a Xaverian Brothers sponsored school, Nazareth is part of a proud and distinguished legacy of educational excellence that is the Xaverian Brothers’ tradition.
In February of 2012, the Board of Trustees of Nazareth Regional High School, citing financial concerns and low enrollment, announced that Nazareth would be closing in June, 2012. However, due to the remarkable response, and passion displayed by the Nazareth community, including students, families, alumni, administrators, coaches, faculty and staff the Board of Trustees again voted, only two month later, unanimously deciding to reverse its decision and keep the school open. The key to all of this was the strategic development of the Principal’s Plan, which laid the ground work for securing Nazareth financially for the next four years, through the 2015-16 school year. In addition, Nazareth would not have remained open if it were not for the exceptional support of Sharon Patrick, who loaned Nazareth $500,000.
Now, almost three years into the Principal’s Plan, Nazareth is financially sound. 75% of the loan has been repaid, enrollment is up 30% in the past three years, a new science lab and media center have been built, and the curriculum has become even more rigorous. Nazareth students have the opportunity to earn 38 college credits through participation in the St. John’s University College Advantage Program. Students who struggle are required to stay in school after the regular day is over to receive help through the advisory and tutoring programs.
Nazareth is now in the position to plan for its future. The school has moved past survival and can focus on long term planning, growth, sustainability and its bright future.
Our Belief Statements
- We believe God is present in each person.
- We believe that all our students have unique and special talents and should be challenged to their maximum potential through a rigorous academic program.
- We believe our students are our primary focus and that their best interests must guide every decision that we make.
- We believe in the Xaverian Brothers value of humility, trust, zeal, compassion and simplicity.
- We believe that every member of the Nazareth community must respect and treat one another with dignity and kindness, so that we can all study and work in a safe and healthy environment.
- We believe that learning is a combined partnership of students, teachers, parents and the community.
- We believe in maintaining a standard of teaching excellence by continually improving our craft.
- We believe that our school is a place that fosters the development of confidence, leadership and friendship.
- We believe in respecting the differences of society’s ethnic, racial and religious populations.
- We believe that service to the community fosters awareness of the needs of others, promotes a love of justice, and answers the call of Jesus to serve others.