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Xavier College Preparatory High School

Private | 9-12 | 1165 students


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Posted February 23, 2014

I have always believed that academics are most important. If you want a better social life or better athletics this would be a school for you. However, Xavier is not good at challenging students and making them thrive academically. Girls go here when they want to be popular or be recruited for sports, not because they want to go to a top name school and learn. If you want an easy A with no challenge; this is your school. If you want to learn and have to work hard; go somewhere else!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 6, 2013

If you say it's the worst school, then don't go there. You complain that they are harsh if you're not Catholic. The School is called a Roman Catholic High School for a reason. Almost everyone there is Catholic. If your not Catholic, then learn to read and don't go to a Catholic school. It's as simple as that.

Posted June 26, 2012

I went into Xavier expecting the most amazing school, how wrong I was. I am a 4.0 GPA student and I found the academics were nothing special, I actually believe I got stupider in some of my classes because of how uninteresting the teachers make it. These disinterested teachers kept their bored students occupied with mindless busy work. The teachers were probably the most cold and wicked people I have ever met. Yes, I said wicked, a number of the teachers would make students cry every day. The discipline was unfair and harsh. The faculty have no idea what it is like to to be a teenage girl and they feel the only way to deal with misbehavior is endless detentions. If you are not Catholic, get ready for it to be shoved down your throat. Unless you agree with every single thing that the Catholic Church says or does, keep your mouth shut. No First Amendment rights here. Xavier only relies on their reputation, which is long gone. Save your money and go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 12, 2011

There are not enough words to express how wonderful this school is and the impact it has on the young women that attend. The school has a culture of excellence and the students want to succeed. Yes, the tuition is a factor but in the long run, so worth it. Almost every graduate receives some form of scholarship for college tuition so the investment in the Xavier education is a no brainer. Xavier has a long track record for producing confident and intelligent young women. If you are looking for a school for your daughter, this is the best one out there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2011

My daughter entered last year as a freshman coming from a public middle school. What a difference! How can a straight 'A' - Principals list student in the public sector be so far behind? There is not much accountability in the public school - they teach you to pass the AIMs test. At XCP they teach you critical thinking - that is the big difference. The teachers at XCP have been fabulous in working with her to bring her to grade level. She has met incredible friends that she'll have for life. She love's XCP as do I!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 15, 2010

I agree wholeheartedly that this is an amazing school. However, I am really disappointed with the teachers' organization with grading. Although my daughter has managed straight A's all year, there were many times when she was left wondering about grades for assignments. The freshman counselor is no help at all. The kids and community are wonderful. Teachers are good, but I wish they would be more accountable as they expect the kids to be. Taking weeks to grade a presentation is ridiculous, and posting a grade online without any feedback is just silly. What happened to teachers returning papers with feedback? And although we donate to CTODP, we did not get any funds last year & received no scholarship. I cannot see donating to CTODP any more since my kids never get any funds in return. If a straight A student cannot get a scholarship, then who can?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 7, 2009

One of the greatest regrets of my life is leaving Xavier after my junior year. All of these reviews say it best, it is the best high school in Arizona. The teachers are great, the academics prepare students for college, and my faith was built so much there. Even with leaving a year early, I am still graduating college in 3 years.
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Posted June 23, 2009

This is an amazing school. You walk away with so much knowledge and understanding of tour peers and the world. This school is like a tight knot family where everyone cares about eachother, even if they did not know them. My experience at Xavier has been more than what I thought it would be. I love it there!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 1, 2009

I loved the experience I received at Xavier and now that I have graduated I miss it dearly.
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Posted March 31, 2009

My mom attended Xavier and from birth I was told I would also attend XCP. The all-girl environment and long commute had me apprehensive, but I would never trade my experience at XCP. Honestly it was the best 4 years of my life, and when I entered college I was more prepared than a vast majority of other students. If you are debating sending your child to Xavier, quit torturing yourself with the decision and just do it! I guarantee your daughter will love it! I miss it so much that I've considered returning as a teacher!
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Posted February 7, 2009

The teachers are some of the smartest individuals you will ever meet, classes are small, Brophy is right next door, tons of dances, mass once a month. Very tolerant of different religions. I'm Mormon going to a Catholic school. Xavier is awesome!
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Posted January 3, 2009

My freshman daughter loves Xavier, tho was apprehensive at first. Small classes (21-25 students), and teachers teach critical thinking and techniques for effective studying. Most teachers aren't nuns. Friendly students: my daughter (who only knew 1 girl when she started) has more friends than she could have dreamed of! Mass required once/mo. as is yearly theology class; Catholocism is presented but not pushed (we aren't Catholic; 30%+ are not). Brophy bus service provided to E. Valley makes transportation easy (cost=$110/mo). Academically outstanding w/ great teacher support. A challenging school for the academically serious girl who also wants to have fun. A little heavy on requests for add'l financial contribution (above the tuition), but easily ignored. No cafeteria but hot lunch available. LOTS of boy contact and social activities w/ Brophy. High academic and moral standards, but not overbearing. Excellent women role models. Great choice for my daughter.
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Posted November 10, 2008

I attended Xavier College Prep after going to public elementary and middle schools. I attribute a lot of my success to time spent here. Xavier provides a rigorous and rewarding curriculum and allowed me to meet some outstanding women--including my classmates. Initially, I did not like Xavier in the least, but after having graduated university (NYU) and finding a job I love (in NY real estate), I can say without a doubt that Xavier was one of the best decisions my parents made for me. All my fellow alumnae agree.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 22, 2008

Xavier is a very good high school. I mostly admire how the girls really are self-confidant about all aspects of their lives. Area of growth - counseling, especially for college.
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Posted April 12, 2008

Xavier is the best high school experience anyone can ask for regardless of religious affiliations or beliefs. Xavier is a supportive community that goes beyond excellence to create women who are capable of creating a better world.
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Posted February 21, 2008

This is my daughter's first experience in a private school. She has always been a highly motivated, outstanding student. I was worried that she would 'just be average' at a school like Xavier, but I could not have been more wrong! She is amazing and so is the school! She is challenged like she has never been before -- in her own words, 'I can't imagine myself anywhere but Xavier!' We were worried about the high cost of tuition, but I encourage you to take advantage of the AZ tax credit to defray the cost of tuition. Every penny we are paying for Xavier is well worth it!
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Posted October 4, 2007

It took a lot of persuasion to get my older daughter to attend Xavier but we thought she needed a more personal atmosphere than she could get at a public school. Her younger sister, who was adamant she would never consider an all-girl school, is a kid we figured could do well anywhere. Yet, when she saw how much more quickly her sister matured (emotionally and intellectually) than classmates from the public middle school, she finally told me 'I guess I'm going to have to go to Xavier.' Both experiences have been life-changing. And mornings are so much easier with a uniform and no worries about makeup, hair, etc. etc.
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Posted February 24, 2007

This school is one of the best in Arizona for its quality of education and development of young women. The girls are fantastic and everyone gets along perfectly. You could have a wonderful time at this school because there is something for everyone.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 2, 2007

Xavier is an amazing school that builds confidence as well as independence. The school is wonderful about creating leadership and ability through clubs and great academic opportunities. They have a club or team for everyone and have an excellent liberal arts program. All of the sport teams and liberal arts start from any experience level and are extremely competitive and skillful. The girls will have an independence away from the guys but still have chances to take classes including Latin over at Brophy. The academics are amazing. They offer honors as well as Great Books for the over overachievers with math levels going past calculus. There is no better school to go to for High School than Xavier. It is a great school for all young women that are looking for a successful future.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 19, 2006

Xavier has lived up to all of our expectations. It is just overall a great school!
—Submitted by a student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 42%
Hispanic 13% 43%
Two or more races 10% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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