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Xavier College Preparatory (Arizona)

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Xavier College Preparatory
4710 North Fifth Street

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United States
TypePrivate, All-Female
MottoWomen of faith pursuing excellence; Leadership∙Tradition∙Community∙Service
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderSisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
PresidentSister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM
PrincipalSister Joan Nuckols, BVM
Enrollment1,137 [1]
Color(s)Royal blue, white and kelly green             
Team nameGators
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2] Western Catholic Education Association
NewspaperThe Xpress
School feesAround $1,500
Dean of StudentsDenise Macrina
Director of AdmissionsPaula Petrowski
Athletic DirectorSr. Lynn Winsor, BVM, CMAA

Xavier College Preparatory is a Catholic, all-female private high school in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, drawing students from 120 local schools.



Xavier High School was founded in 1943 by the Jesuit Fathers of St. Francis Xavier Parish and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Originally located on the campus of Brophy College Preparatory, the school moved into Fitzgerald hall on its current campus in the spring of 1953. More buildings have been added as the school has grown. The school was granted College Preparatory status in 1982 and changed its name to Xavier College Preparatory.[3]

Today, Xavier has over 1,200 students. While the school remains all-female, students at Xavier share many classes with students from Brophy College Preparatory, the all-male Jesuit high school that is adjacent to Xavier. All leadership positions in the administration and student body are filled by women.[4]


Xavier follows a traditional college preparatory curriculum. Students are required to take classes in English, Mathematics, Catholic Theology, Social Studies, Laboratory Sciences, World Languages, Fine Arts and Physical Education as well as half a semester of Computer Programming. 46 Honors classes are available in all fields of study, and 27 Advanced Placement Classes are available to students in grades 9-12. All seniors are required to take AP Literature. There is also a service requirement for all juniors.[5] Students are also permitted to take classes at Brophy College Preparatory. Dual Enrollment is available through Rio Salado College[6] and most classes offer dual credit.

In the past 10 years, the school has congratulated 89 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, 2008, and 2014;[7] Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists in 1975, 1993, and 2014; and Flinn Scholars in 2004, 2014, 2016, and 2019. In the 1990-91, 1994-96, and 2013-14 school years it was honored as a Blue Ribbon school.[8]


Xavier has numerous sports teams including teams in cross country, track, crew, golf, tennis, badminton, cheer, pom, swim/dive, soccer, volleyball, sand volleyball, basketball, softball, archery, shotgun, and eSports. [9][10]

Xavier Spiritline cheer won the USA national championship in 2017.[11] Xavier Spiritline pom got second place in the USA national championship in 2017. Xavier also fields championship golf, badminton, swim/dive, cross country, volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and softball teams as well as active club teams in crew, lacrosse, and shooting sports.[10]

Xavier Swim team has won more state championships than any other high school in Arizona. 27 state titles since 1985. [12]

Student life

Xavier has over 70 clubs available to students including three publications and multiple honors societies. They also have an extensive theatre program and many opportunities to travel abroad for both study and service [13].

Honor societies

Xavier was the first high school in the state of Arizona to found a chapter of the Computer Science Honor Society.[14] The Computer Science Department was inspired [15] by Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, BVM, who was one of the first two Americans to earn a PhD in Computer Science [16] and a member of the same order of nuns, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,[17] which has run Xavier since its founding in 1943.

Notable alumnae


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  2. ^ Institution Summary , AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-08
  3. ^ History . Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "What Is A Xavier Education?" . Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Academic Program . Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Dual Enrollment . Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
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  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 30, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Xavier College Preparatory . Athletic Association of Arizona. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Xavier Athletics . Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Spiritline Completes Season at Nationals" .
  12. ^ [3]. AZ Central. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Student Life . Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Honor Society Directory | Computer Science Teachers Association" .
  15. ^ [4]. Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  16. ^ London, Ralph L (2013-01-15). "Who Earned First Computer Science Ph.D.?" . Communications of the ACM. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  17. ^ "Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Dubuque, IA" .
  18. ^ a b "Women of Achievement" . Alumnae. Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  19. ^ a b c d Strege, John (November 11, 2007). "Sister Act" . Golf Digest. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  20. ^ {{cite web]url=https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/932251 |title=Alana Briggs |publisher= Arizona State University |date=August 20, 2016 |first= Alana |late=Briggs |accessdate=March 24, 2019 }}
  21. ^ Bartkowski, Becky (August 22, 2013). "Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant on Real Housewives Addiction and How Kristen Wiig's The Best" . Phoenix New Times. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  22. ^ "Diving at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Women's springboard" . Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  23. ^ "Young Scottsdale-raised Entrepreneurs Find Internet Niche" (PDF). Arizona Foothills Magazine.
  24. ^ Mehr, Bob (March 23, 2000). "AUSTINTATIOUS" . Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  25. ^ Silverstein, Ken (February 29, 2008). "John McCain's Charitable Contributions" . Harper's.
  26. ^ Cordova, Randy (September 5, 2010). "Q&A: Valley's Emma Stone scores high marks" . Arizona Republic. Retrieved 31 October 2015.

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Categories: High schools in Phoenix, Arizona | Catholic secondary schools in Arizona | Catholic Church in Arizona | Educational institutions established in 1944 | 1944 establishments in Arizona | Girls' schools in Arizona

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