Xavier College Preparatory
is a Catholic, all-female private high school in Phoenix
. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix
, drawing students from 120 local schools and transfer students from around the world.
Xavier was founded 65 years ago by the , with 17 pioneer students. In the 2008–2009 school year, Xavier had over 1,200 (all female) students studying everything from aviation and architecture to chemistry and calculus. Students at Xavier share many liberal arts classes with students from Brophy College Preparatory
, the all-male Jesuit high school adjacent to Xavier.
The curriculum at Xavier is a traditional and rigorous college prep program. Honors classes are available in all areas of study, and AP Classes are also an integral part of the curriculum. All seniors take the AP Literature exam, and 429 students took 849 exams in the spring of 2003. Some students graduate with up to two years of college credit already completed.
Xavier students consistently score in the top percentiles of standardized tests. Over the past 10 years, the school has congratulated 82 National Merit Finalists, 143 Commended Scholars, 36 National Hispanic Scholars, and five National Black American Scholars. Xavier students have been designated Presidential Scholars in 1979, 1986, 1990, 2001, and 2008; Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists in 1975 and 1993; and Flinn Scholar in 2004. In 2005, a national Catholic publication named Xavier as among... Read More