Staffed by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Xavier College Preparatory is a Roman Catholic college preparatory high school for young women located in the heart of central Phoenix. Xavier is a Catholic community whose mission is to prepare young women of faith with knowledge, skills, and integrity to meet the challenges of a changing global society in a positive and productive manner.
When Xavier High School graduated its first class in 1947, eleven mature and confident young women left footprints of excellence for future generations of students to follow. From its founding in 1943, Xavier College Preparatory continues this tradition of excellence through its teaching of Catholic faith and values, innovative academic curriculum, superior athletic programs and diverse extracurricular and service opportunities.
Founded by the Jesuit fathers of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Xavier High School was initially located on the second floor of Loyola Hall at Brophy, which had closed during the Great Depression due to financial hardship. Xavier remained on Brophy’s campus until the spring of 1953, sharing Brophy’s facilities for one year when Brophy ultimately reopened in 1952. In 1953, Xavier’s 11 faculty members and 174 students moved to our current location, where the original 28-classroom Fitzgerald Hall building and six blacktop tennis courts had just been completed. Since then, the Xavier campus has added Lutfy Hall (1973), the Activity Center (1981), Brown Hall (1983), the Virginia Piper Center for Science and Technology (1994), the Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center, Vestar Hall and Steele Educational Complex (2003). In 2008 the Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign led to the construction of the Chapel of Our Lady, Founders Hall, Petznick Field, McGroder Fieldhouse and expansion and renovation of the Activity Center.
Xavier has consistently been recognized as an academic leader in Arizona. In 1991, 1996, and 2013, Xavier was recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the first high school in Arizona to receive the Blue Ribbon distinction multiple times. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Xavier a Blue Ribbon for Excellence in Technology in 1996. Xavier was named one of the Top 25 in America in 2005, 2006, and 2007 by the Catholic High School Honor Roll. In the 2007-08 school year, the Siemens Foundation and College Board ranked Xavier as the top high school in Arizona and in the top 50 high schools in the U.S. for Advanced Placement success. Xavier received the National Catholic Education Association Award for Innovation in Education for its course: Financial Literacy: A Call to Stewardship.
Xavier has been blessed with the tremendous support of its loving community that includes 1200 students, their parents, nearly 9,000 alumnae throughout the world, alumnae parents, Xavier faculty, the Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees, the Xavier Foundation, Inc. Board, the Mothers’ Guild and the Dads’ Club. Especially integral to Xavier is our past principal and current president Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM who has led the school with her continuity and leadership since 1974 and current principal Sr. Joan Nuckols, BVM, previously served as teacher, department chair, campus minister, and Vice-Principal for Academics.
Led by Vice Principal for Activities, Athletic Director, Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM ’61, CMAA, Xavier’s athletic program is unparalleled in the region and state. Xavier won the coveted Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Blue Cup Award for the 4A-5A athletic conference which is AIA’s highest honor, recognizing excellence in high school activities, scholastics and athletics. Xavier also won the Arizona Interscholastic Association Tony Komadina Award three times for the Best Girls' Sports Program. The AIA awarded Xavier the prestigious H.A. Hendrickson Award three times for overall excellence in interscholastic competition. Additionally, in the fall of 2009, Xavier won all five fall state championships in one season, a historic “five for five”, placing first in Badminton, Cross Country, Golf, Swimming and Diving and Volleyball.
Christian Service is a key component to Xavier’s Catholic faith community. This program was the first and now is one of the largest youth service programs in Arizona.
Each day, it is the goal of the Xavier faculty and administration to develop generations of students into young women of faith who pursue excellence.