Xavier Academics

Xavier's Teachers are exceptional. Five have earned doctoral degrees,
three MFAs and more than 60 have at least one master's degree.

At Xavier, attention to the cognitive development of young women is vital. The School is committed to fostering excellence in academics, building character in young women and nurturing leadership. Xavier offers numerous opportunities for students to become involved in their community and to share in student activities and peer groups. Ninety-five percent of the student body participates in one of more than 70+ extra-curricular activities.


All Xavier students take a core college-prep curriculum in all four years, which includes English, theology, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, fine arts, physical education, and computer science.  There are honors and Advanced Placement courses in most academic disciplines beginning in the freshwoman year.  In the sophomore year, in addition to the core subjects and the required computer programming, elective courses are chosen from a wide variety of curriculum areas such as fine arts, digital arts, world languages, social studies, science, theology, and family and consumer resources.  Twenty-seven credits are required for graduation.  All students participate in an independent yearly summer reading program and a Christian Service program.

Innovative Offerings challenge the mind, creativity and potential of each student.

  • Great Books Curriculum: A four-year integrated program of English, Theology, and Social Studies for the gifted and serious reader. Approximately 10% of incoming Xavier students are selected for the Great Books Program each year, and those who remain in the Program for four years receive a Great Books diploma.
  • EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) is a design-based, service learning program that teaches students about engineering and technology fields while engaging them in service to the local community.
  • Accounting, Aviation Ground School, Broadcast Journalism, Ceramics, Chinese, Criminal Law, Maker Class, Mobile App Development, Sculpture, and Sports Medicine are a few of Xavier’s distinctive and unique elective classes.
  • Accelerated Science Program.
  • Extensive college "Dual Enrollment" program with Rio Salado College.

The typical schedule of a Xavier Freshwoman includes:

  • English (College Prep, Honors or Great Books)
  • Algebra or Geometry (placement dependent upon late spring testing for accepted students)
  • World Language (Chinese, French, Latin or Spanish)
  • World History/Geography (College Prep, Honors or Advanced Placement®/Great Books)
  • Theology – Basic Catholic Beliefs
  • Fine Arts — Choice of a full year of the same arts course: Art, Band, Choir, Dance, String Orchestra or Theatre
  • Physical Education/Health

The Xavier Admissions Office will determine a student’s placement into the Honors or Great Books level of English and World History based on her reading scores and overall achievement on the Xavier Entrance Exam, teacher recommendations and middle school grades. Placement in Honors level courses in subsequent years will be based on a student’s performance at Xavier and by recommendation from her Xavier teachers.

ALL Xavier students will complete their English curriculum with Advanced Placement® English Literature as seniors regardless of their initial English placement.

*** Most Xavier students begin the first of their minimum of 3 lab sciences in their sophomore year or in the summer preceding their sophomore year. Honors Biology is open to a limited number of incoming freshwomen by invitation only based on a student’s overall achievement on the Xavier Entrance Exam, teacher recommendation and middle school grades. (This placement is not based on a student’s middle school science grades.) A student who is invited and chooses this option will replace her Freshwoman Fine Arts course with the Honors Biology class and will begin her two years of Fine Arts courses in her sophomore year.

Rigor & Achievement

Four Year Course of Study

All Xavier students will follow a core college-prep curriculum that includes:
  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Math (offerings from Algebra 1 - AP Calculus & AP Statistics)
  • 4 years of Theology
  • 3 years of Lab Science
  • 3.5 years of Social Sciences
  • 3 years of the same World Language
  • 2 years of Fine Arts
  • 1 year of Physical Education/Health
  • 1/2 year of Computer Programming (all Sophomores)
  • 3.5 years of Elective courses
By attending Xavier summer school, many students graduate with additional credits.

Xavier’s tradition of academic achievement is second-to-none.

Xavier students consistently score in the top percentiles of standardized tests. Over the past 10 years, the School has congratulated:
  • 89 National Merit Finalists
  • 155 Commended Scholars
  • 46 National Hispanic Scholars
  • 10 National Black American Scholars;
  • Xavier has boasted Presidential Scholars in: 1979, 1986, 1990, 2001, 2008, 2014
  • And Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists in 1975, 1993, 2006, 2013, 2014
  • And two Presidential Scholar Nominees in 2010; 3 in 2014
  • 1 Flinn Scholar, 2004, 2014

Additional Achievements

  • Named US Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence three times.
  • Arizona Interscholastic Association Tony Komadina Award for the Best Girls' Sports Program
  • 2006 Named one of the top 50 Catholic High Schools in the United States and in 2007 one of the top 25 Catholic High Schools in Academics by the Catholic High School Honor Roll
  • AIA Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Cup Award in recognition of outstanding academics by Catholic High School Honor Roll
  • 2007-2008 Arizona winner of the Siemens Foundation Award for Advanced Placement Achievement (one school per state selected)

Xavier College Preparatory

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Phoenix, Arizona 85012
P. (602) 277-3772
F. (602) 279-1346

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