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New York, NY
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30 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

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October 06, 2014
Xavier High School is overall a very good school. I'm a freshman here, and I can recognize how great it is. Everyone has something different that works for them, but this works for a lot of people. Yes, the work is hard, and there's a lot of it. It's also pretty strict here. However, all my teachers are good, they genuinely care about helping us learn, it's a very positive environment. There are jerks here, but bullying is swiftly dealt with. Even though many of the worse kids are on sports teams, the school isn't hostile to non-athletes. I don't play sports and I'm not a great student, but I still have many friends here and I feel welcome in classes. Students and faculty are of many different backgrounds, and it is celebrated, not attacked. What little bullying there is has nothing to do with race, religion, or sexuality. There's even a Gay Straight Alliance. It's a very accepting environment. The JROTC is also optional, the "mandatory" first six weeks of freshman year are just a military science class. Most students who stay in the program enjoy it very much, and there is absolutely NO Military Recruitment here. Not everyone has the same experience, but mine's been good so far.

- submitted by a student
April 22, 2014
Xavier is possibly the best high school in NYC with an academic program rivaling that of Regis with an environment that fosters growth and learning. Not only does Xavier have an excellent academic program, but we have a strict disciplinary system wit a no tolerance policy that keeps the school in the highest moral standing and distinguishes us from many other institutions such as Xaverian and other public schools that allow their jocks and rich kids to run around and get away with anything they want. Our ROTC military program, of which I am a member is also top notch stemming from our glory days as a military institution back between the 1930s- early 70s. Xavier is an elite institution that does not produce elitists but well rounded gentlemen who are focused on serving the community and the nation "for the greater glory of God". The person giving the bad ratings is obviously a disgruntled student who could not handle our rigorous academic and disciplinary standards. Xavier is absolutely the finest educational institution in New York and is unworthy of receiving a rating no less than perfect.

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2014
Anyone who tells you that Xavier is an accepting place is either in utter denial or too ignorant to understand anyone's perspective other than their own. There is one and only one type of person who is socially accepted at Xavier: hyper-masculine athletes. The environment of this school is literally like a jail cell-- it's bully or get bullied, and for many people it's both. If you are gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, you will literally live in an everyday cycle of humiliation and ridicule. Xavier puts bullying on a whole different level. I'm not just talking about poking fun and joking around, I'm talking about the kind of harassment that will cause your sense of self-worth to plummet to rock bottom and stay there for years after you graduate. On a purely academic level, Xavier's merit is debatable. Overall it's good, but overrated. One of the deep secrets of Catholic schools is that teachers don't have to be certified. Most teachers at Xavier are either fresh out of college or old and lazy because they have tenure. It fosters an ambitious atmosphere in terms of college acceptance, but not in terms of personal growth or intellectual pursuit.

- submitted by a student
December 29, 2013
I have mixed feelings about Xavier. When I applied to Xavier as a Freshman, I had dreams of going to a prestigious high school with great academics, and Xavier has that... Kind of. I was offered a scholarship through the Ignatian Scholars Program, and this system gives you a rigorous education that thoroughly prepares you for college. However, it breeds pretentiousness and laziness, for if one isn't already a hard working student, the feeling of prestige that one gets won't encourage hard work, it will give more of a sense of comfort, a padding that you have, because one is apart of the perceived elite. And with everyone at the school, the long history and tradition breeds a preppy atmosphere. There are great communal benefits to that history, though. Xavier is a good choice if you have already planned out your route to college and plan to take very strong extracurriculars, but if not, maybe it is not the best choice. It is a school where you make your own decision, which I guess is good. The best thing about this school is the teachers. The teachers care about their students and they have a lot of expertise in their field. The Jesuits are great. As for the administration, well...

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2013
Awesome! Teachers are great and so is the way Xavier teaches you to become ready for your years in college and later in life. I made a great decision to go here and could not have been happier if with the commute from NJ.

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2013
I don't understand why people would give this school any rating below 4. Most of the "downsides" here are totally wrong. 1) They do not hate gays, and they actually have a Gay-Straight alliance group. 2) They are not racists, and they have a very low tolerance for racism. But I do agree that they are very strict. They're quick to give JUG (their form of detention). They also said they'd expel you for bad mouthing them. I guess that makes sense though, but it's harsh. If you join JROTC and stick with it all 4 years, they give you 32 college credits. I'm serious, they just bumped that number up. And the credits come from the government, as motivation to be respectable citizens. I'm glad I picked Xavier over schools like Edmunds and Xavarian. I feel that Xavier will be my biggest asset when I'm applying for college. Between the prestige the school has developed since 1847 and all the credits I'll accumulate from JROTC and AP courses, I should have no problem getting where I want. I highly recommend the school. If you do come, seriously consider the JROTC. I hate the military and would never join it, but join JROTC for the credits. 32 is, I believe, a full year.

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2013
I attended Xavier HS briefly in the early 60s. I had followed the family tradition of being a Xavier student just as my Uncles in the early 20s and my older brother in the 50s. I was an impetuous student eager to learn how to wrap myself in that Maroon and Blue which would carry me like my older family into a great tradition that was to be a Xavier graduate and the assured success that being an alumnus would certainly bring. You younger students will appreciate that Xavier was a military school with discipline that more than rivaled being in the service of our country-drill every day -range once a week and jug for some more than others. I regrettably found myself in that category for one infraction that would not enable me to be a Son. As the 50th anniversary class of which I would have been a part, I reflect on the poor judgement of myself and I believe also the recently departed Prefect of Discipline of Xavier at that time. Xavier HS to those who have experienced its excellence in preparing for life will always appreciate those who successfully helped mold them.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2013
As a parent of a '13 grad, I can say that Xavier is possibly the best all boys HS in the NYC area. Xavier has very high academic standards, the educators / instructors are top notch, and the advisors who head up the JROTC regiment and the religious departments truly live by the motto "men for others". The sports teams are competitive, and there is something for everyone. If you are looking for a top school to prepare your son for college, and also strengthen christian virtues of service to others, then Xavier is the school for you. I can go on with my praise, but let the college acceptances speak for themselves - MIT, USNA, USMA, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, CalTech. Cal Berkeley, Boston U, Boston College, Fordham, Gettysburg, etc, etc. with scholarships. My son loved it, played 3 sports, formed friendships that will stand the test of time, respected his instructors and is receiving a free college education at a top university because of the excellence @ Xavier. If your son is up to the challenge, you cannot go wrong. Oh, great extra curricular activities as well !!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2013
In answer to some of the complainers,especially present students,maybe Xavier was wrong school for you.I graduated in 1954. I came from a Hispanic family in South Bronx.the Jrotc was mandatory.i was not an athlete ,just an average poor kid.The discipline & study habits that were forced on me served me well at Boston college & professional school .I thank Xavier for the great start they gave me to having a successful life. MAN UP DO THE WORK

- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2012
The academics offered at Xavier is superb and top notch. The sports department is top notch. Teachers here are awesome. However, if you are Jewish, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Arab looking, a advocate for LGBT rights, like listening to Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, or One Direction, not very manly, very feminine, have a high voice, have very liberal ideas, and unique and weird, don't bother being accepted by others. People here are very judgmental and mean. The school had to shut down the online Math Textbook because some students were drawing swastikas in the online math textbook and a friend of mine transferred because he could not deal with the bullying, since he is a questioning person. If Xavier can make the school environment more accepting for the people I mentioned above, I might consider giving Xavier 5 stars. However, based only on academics and sports, Xavier gets 5 stars, However, for the school environment and acceptance, 2 stars.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2012
As a current Xavier student, I completely disagree with everything negative in this comment. My theory as to why there are so many negative comments, obviously submitted by the same person, is that most the legitimate Xavier graduates and students are out doing productive work, rather than bad-mouthing a school on a website. Xavier is an amazing high school with great academics, athletics, and community. It is a 100% safe learning environment for students of many varieties. Go Knights!

- submitted by a student
November 23, 2012
If you want your son to be subjected to extreme homophobia and severe bullying then by all means enroll him in Xavier. My four years spent in the supposedly hallowed halls of "16th street" left me devoid of confidence and trust in my fellow man. Our Lord Jesus' stressed "love your neighbor as you love yourself" as our most important commandment. I can say in all honesty this most golden of rules was all but ignored during my tenure at Xavier. The lack of compassion and understanding exhibited by not only the peer pressure fueled student body but also by a large portion of the mainly Xavier produced faculty leaves me with no choice but to advise prospective students and their parents that unless they are cookie cutter athletes or drones subject to mob mentality please make a different choice for high school. Individuality and showing any signs of diversity or being different will only lead to four years of heartache and despair. I only pray that ome day the "maroon and blue "will see everyone through and that no matter how different one may be all sons of Xavier will be able to be united (as the school song says) in their "march onward to glory and victory."

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2012
It has become quite apparent that the same "student" is giving Xavier one star on multiple reviews. First of all, 1400 students apply each year for one of Xavier High Schools 250 seats. That throws water on the "easy admissions" comment. As a legitimate Xavier alumnus, I can speak on behalf of my fellow "Sons of Xavier" when I say you should have done us a favor and went to Dalton. Your family could have paid 42,000 in tuition and spared you the discipline which you could not handle, the Regents exemption which Xavier has earned, and the 170 years of class and distinction that you do not exhibit.

- submitted by a community member
September 14, 2012
As a graduate of XHS,I am pained to read the negative reviews, proportedly written by current Xavier students,not only due to their content,but also as to their form.I say "purportedly written" because it is difficult to fathom how any student with such poor writing skills could have been accepted for admission, or remained there for any protracted period of time.Since 1847, Xavier has prepared young men academically, socially and spiritually to become captains in areas of professionalism including: industry,academia,law,medicine,military, clergy,literature and engineering, to name a few.The heights to which Xavier grads have soared are: one of the nine sitting US Supreme Court Judges,television personaities,Pulitzer Price winning authors, Generals, Admirals,inter alia.Hand holding,conversely,is NOT an activity that our parents thought,or desired,would take place upon sending us to Xavier. Xavier foments the growth of character, intellectual independence, spiritual/ physical development and of the attainment of aspirations.As the father of a 12yr old son, my daily prayers include a petition that he be considered sufficiently qualified for admission there. Rene Medina, Esq., XHS '73

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2012
Xavier is the second best Catholic High School in New York after Regis. 1400 kids compete for 250 seats each year. 99.5% go on to 4 year colleges and universities including 9 to IVY schools in 2011 along with 7 to West Point. It looks like the few "sour grapes" who tried to pan it here probably failed out or never embraced 170 years of academic excellence that include US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker, Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy, NBC personalities Al Roker and Mike Gargiuolo, Anheuser Busch President Pat Stokes, and FOX 5 journalist Mike Sheehan as grads. The school is a Blue Ribbon School with a nationally ranked JROTC program, Rugby Team, and a band that twice was named best marching unit. If you can match that history with any other school in NYC, I am all ears.

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2012
Xavier is a legend in its own mind. The negative reviews speak the truth: it is far from what it presents itself to be. Living off an undeserved reputation - as if it still is what it was in the 30s-60s. It ceased being a real Catholic school by the early 70s. They used to have 40 Jesuits; now perhaps 3 on faculty (if that....). They only care about the football gods & apple polishers. Oh, its a breeding ground for the elite....and the self-serving. The oppressive amount of homework will not make you a better person, nor will it 'educate' you. Honesty is punished; be warned! Faculty is mostly these due to friends in the alumni office or administration, not because of quality. And all they want from you is money, money & more money. As an alumnus, I know! Save your $$; go to Bronx Science or Stuyvesant. You will be glad you did.

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2012
I am currently a sophomore at Xavier now and I would definitely reconsider going here. I hate this school. Its filled with a bunch of tools and stuck up white kids. Also the teachers want you to have no social life what so ever judging by the amount of homework the give a night. Unless you want your son doing at least 3 hours of homework a night. Also they are really quick to kick you out. If your grades start slipping they will kick you out at anytime and leave stuck trying to find somewhere to go in the middle of the year. And they always talk about being such a great Jesuit school meanwhile we don't get off for any of the holy days of obligation. So while your friends from catholic school are off you will be in school. Definitely reconsider!

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2012
how does this awful school hold on to 5 stars. they have ruined my self esteem. they have taken away my confidence. No teacher takes an interest in the students unless they are the popular athletes. I am so unhappy here. Look somewhere else. You will be happy you did

- submitted by a student
January 05, 2012
I second the two previous comments below. I kick myself everyday for not taking the oppertunity to transfer as a sophomore. Xavier has molded me to become more introverted and secluded because I don't belong to their typical groups.Please visit and look elsewhere.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2011
Would like to counter some of the negative comments. '81 alumni. Puerto Rican kid out of Bushwick Brooklyn (no silver spoon). Xavier prepared me well for life and gave me solid foundations upon which to be successful. Strong academic, ethical and leadership experience. Great school if you want to work hard, stess oneself and build confidence in one's ability. Later attended West Point and was selected for fully funded masters program and served as an instructor at the Academy. Served 20 years (never felt pressed in that direction by my experience at Xavier). Those complaining about a poor experience invariably didn't succeed and hold the institution responsible for their shortcoming. I don't know any successful people that have that attitude. Others state another school is superior with ZERO evidence. Talk with the staff and the students and make up your own mind. Wouldn't you want your son to do that when he becomes a man?

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2011
The very best experience of my life. Next year, my class will celebrate our 50th anniversary and we are all to a man, thankful for our shared experience at Xavier. We meet every year because we value the friendships we made there and to reinforce our support of what Xavier means to us. The Jesuits and lay teachers were totally committed to not only teaching us, but also to molding us into caring, compassionate young men. The JROTC reinforced the Jesuit mission and the discipline that was needed by many of us, and still is today. There are other good schools in NYC, but only Xavier improves a young man's character in addition to providing a very challenging college preparatory education in an institution with a 164 year tradition. the detractors are either students who could not measure up or parents who are not able to see the shortcomings are in their child, not the school.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2011
As an alumn of this place, I can't disagree more with the majority of the negative comments I've read so far. I currently go to Stevens Institute of Technology, and Xavier definitely prepared me for many of my current and real-world responsibilities. Part of that includes growing up and facing the fact that nothing is easy. Xavier without a doubt taught me how to face this on my own. While the Science/Math academics aren't Xavier's strongsuit, it makes up for it with sociability and character programs such as CFX, Kairos/Magis, and JROTC. The parents who do not approve of the JROTC do not understand the fact that it is an option your son chooses to take. On average there are 300-350 Cadets enrolled, there are nearly 1,000 students at Xavier, if not more. Great school, good teachers, repremanding staff, hands down. Xavier is a powerhouse for leaders.

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2011
I disagree totally with the review below. It is quite the opposite. Though many students participate in the JROTC program, it is far from a 'military factory' or even a military school for that matter It is among not only the best schools in Manhattan and NYC, but even New York State altogether. A Xavier education is something to be extremely proud of, as it remains one of the most selective schools in New York.

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2011
I am a graduate of Xavier (Aug. 1944), and thank God for my Jesuit education. As a matter of fact, I am inordinately proud of the way those good priests and lay instructors labored to form our brains while at the same time informimg us. My four years at Xavier were some of the happiest and intellecually rewarding years of my life. It was a great introduction to and preparation for the world and university.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2011
I am a student at Xavier who will tell you straight up that attending this school over one like Xaverian,etc was the best decision I have ever made.You are going to have some slackers just like in any work place, but Xavier does a great job kicking all of those kids out. The person below me is wrong. I've learned during my time in Xavier that the only way a person can grow is through their own failure. Yes it is a" daily grind" and the train rides to and from school get tedious after a while, but its that grind and hard work which separates Xavier students from others.Once when the train switched tracks and I was with my friends, it was me not them who knew how to navigate my way around the city and back home. As far as financial aid goes, a student can knock off anywhere from $1,000 - $6,000 by working in the Head Masters Office during the summer (1,000 knocked off per week) or during free periods from school start - finish. Yes, HW can be a major pain in the rear at times especially when you get home late from school bc of extracurriculars but like i said before its that daily battle that separates Xavier from other people. Work hard Fresh. yr build ur GPA then as best u can.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2011
My son is a Junior at Xavier and loves the school, he calls it his other home. He often tells me that it's going too fast and that he doesn't want to leave.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
As a sophomore, I have to disagree with the review below this one. Xavier has not only proved to be a challenge mentally, but a challenge physically and emotionally; a quality that more schools in the tri-state should acquire. Xavier's tuition, being approximately $12,000, might appear as a lot; however, the school supplies each student with financial aid, up to $6,000, if applied for. In reality, the schools tuition is approximately $6,000 if you receive the full amount of financial aid. The teachers at Xavier, for the most part, are brilliant. Each teacher allows each student to experience different styles of teaching, which not only enables the student to become accustomed to what style he actually prefers, but also makes each class unique and fun. Xavier has a high standard of academics, and that shows. With 99.5% of the graduating class continuing to a four year college, a $12, 000 ($6000 with financial aid), and a high standard of academics, how can someone say no to Xavier High School?

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2010
I graduated from Xavier almost 40 years ago. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the education, discipline, Intergity and compassion taught to me and my classmates at this outstanding institution. If your son every has the opportunity to attend this school I would suggest it will be one of the finest investments you will ever make. The list of graduates and their accomplisments across the entire spectrum would make one gawk; whether that gradute be a Doctor, Judge, Policeman, Soldier, Fireman, Statesman or Businessman. Regardless of their position, they will be the one of the best at what they do. With a Xavier education, your son will have opportunites few others will have. The advantages they will have over their peers from other schools makes it not seem fair.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2010
A great school with an overinflated reputation and ego. Academics, teachers, and students are all excellent but the administration and board of trustees seem to forget that it is the students that make the school great. Parents seem to think that Xavier is far better than it actually is. Xavier is a great place to go to school, but if your son gets into Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, or Bronx Science, save yourself some money and send him to one of these top schools. And parents that say Xavier is a better academic high school than Regis have been seriously misinformed.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2010
Undeniable academic reputation and very selective admissions. It may even be harder to stay in than get in. It may agruably be the best Catholic high school for boys in the NYC area when weighing in the combination of discipline, academic rigor, and the respectability of award winning departments in music and art. They have national military distinction and over 50 sports and organizations. Their alumni include a US Supreme Court Justice, a New Jersey mayor, a legendary weather and television personality, and presidents of WNBC, the US Postal Service, and Annheiser Busch for straters. Tough act to compete with in the education department.

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2010
Graet academics with a lot of every decicated teachers, butyou have a few abusive ones which the administration protects liek the priests portect thier own.. abit unsettling. They are also not very Jesuit and honest. A bit ridgid nd a bit self priclaimed to be superios.. it is not., but is is a safe environment..dont expect more than that

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
One big happy family. Students are enthused about attending this school and has a well organized alumni support.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2009
Xavier is unique but not perfect. The faculty is dedicated, the academics top shelf. The administration is disappointing since they do not put into practice their men for others motto. Honesty is punished. If you are not a good sneak, or perfect beware.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
instead of just developing the mind or body alone, Xavier combines all possible learning together to create a man for others that any parent could be proud of. My son loved the school and would not be happier any place else. the tough workload is not for the faint of heart, but endows the ability upon the student to succed in any arena he chooses to enter. i love to hear it when other parents choose xavier for their children, and although there are those who fail to succeed there, it is only after repeated warnings that they are asked to leave. this creates a more positive atmosphere for those who absolutly try your hardest. although it is not meant for everyone, those who are willing to attempt the curriculum and expect no free ride turn out better then any other high school students in the city

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2008
An outstanding school academically, athletically, spiritually and socially. I highly recommend it to parents looking for an intellectual haven for their children. Parents, be forewarned, Xavier is not a place for slackers and shirkers. Academics are rigorous and discipline is strict.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
I am a graduate of Xavier. The school was truly a life changing experience for me. At Xavier, I met and became life long friends with then boys of every ethnic and economic group who were there only because of having passed the same entrance exam. I learned that hard work, integrity and personal responsibility were the keys to success in all aspects of life. Xavier is truly an elite school not a school which merely produces elitists.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2008
The best decision I ever made was to select xavier high school as one of my choices on my tachs examination form. I am currently a sophomore at xavier and I'm as happy as a lark with the school atmosphere: intellectual, scholarly, disciplined, orderly, athletic, moral and jesuit. I highly recommend the school to any and all of my peers - it's the best high school in nyc.

- submitted by a student
January 28, 2008
I am an alumnus of this school and received exceptional academic instruction while there. I went on to attend Cornell University and Harvard Graduate School. Xavier provides an excellent academic setting with above average teachers, numerous sports and other activities. In college and graduate school I truly felt prepared for all academic challenges. This is one of the best high schools in NYC!

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2008
I'm currently a sophomore at Xavier High School and I feel I am attending the greatest school in the world. While the discipline is exacting and the academics intense, the camaraderie of an all-boys school is fantastic. In addition, the team sports, JROTC unit, and club activities make the school unique among NYC private schools.

- submitted by a student
January 05, 2008
I have a PhD in Educational Policy and specialize in secondary school curricula. As an educational administrator for federal government, I've had the pleasure of visiting, analyzing and rating elite schools for the U.S. Dept. of Education. Xavier High School in NYC has consistently outperformed most schools in its class and continues to be an oasis of academic excellence in a vast sea of mediocrity.

- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2007
I have taught at many elite high schools in NYC: Loyola, Stuyvesant, Queens High School of Science and Xavier. While all of these schools are excellent only Xavier met my definition of an elite academic institution. The school has 150 years of traditions and history - and it clearly shows. Xavier's standards are clearly defined, exacting and comprehensive. The schools athletics and activities - including its vaunted JROTC program - are outstanding. The school's morale and esprit de corps are second to none. The student body is composed of little gentlemen (not boys) with a code of conduct and chivalry that is rarely seen today. When my two sons reach high school age, I will only consider Xavier for their education.

- submitted by a teacher
November 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 18, 2007
Xavier High School is the 'toughest school you'll ever love.' The work load is demanding but intellectually challenging, the faculty is dedicated and first rate, and the facilities are excellent. The only downside is the new all-natural cafeteria menu -- it leaves much to be desired.

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2007
After Regis, Xavier is by far the best Catholic high school in New York City. The school instills students with honor, discipline, academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, morals and ethics. It is an elite institution in a sea of mediocrity. I highly recommend it over many specialized high schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
Xavier High School is the best Catholic school in New York. The numbers do not lie and their alumni list is like a who's who list of greatness.

- submitted by a student
July 25, 2007
While the academic program is great, the administration is substandard. They are not at all supportive and I would highly suggest looking for another high school.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2006
I am currently a sophmore at Xavier, and i doubt that i could possibly be as happy anywhere else. With the help of Xavier, I have met other students from all over the five boroughs and have made many good friends. From the first day of classes, my teachers have been telling me and my friends that which is required to exceed at Xavier; doing your homework. I find that as long as i apply myself and work hard, it is easy to pass here. I would not pass up my Xavier experiencefor anything in the world.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2006
Xavier has been an amazing experience. There is always something to undertake while studying at this institution. If a student goes into this school with an open mind, they will leave well-rounded and ready to tackle any college curriculum and challenge the world throws at them. Classes are rigorous and the inclusion of after-school activities put pressure on the academics. The pressure, however is a good pressure. Only when a student is fully involved in the school will they excell academically.

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2006
Highly competitive admission numbers. 1400 students apply for only 250 freshman seats each year. 40-50 of those accepted freshmen will not make it to graduation day. 99.5% of graduates go on to four year colleges and universities. Half of that Xavier graduating class,(about 100 students),will continue their education at a Jesuit,Ivy League or military academy. Student to teacher ratio is 14:1. There are 15 sports and over 50 organizations. 1/3 of the students remain in Xavier's renowned military program and their alumni provide an impressive array of prestigious titles which compensate Xavier's tuition costs to current students. Alumni include, by title, a US Supreme Court Justice, the US Ambassador to the Philippines,the president of the United States Postal service,The president of Annheiser Busch, an NBC News personality,a local FOX News journalist, a New York Times writer, and a boat load of doctors.

- submitted by a former student
June 01, 2006
All catholic school is not good in academic but good in learning evironment.

- submitted by a student
February 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
Xavier hs is by far the best school in the tri state area.

- submitted by a former student
January 18, 2006
I am a gradaute of the school. Not a day goes by that Xavier is not present in my life. The teachers are amazing and always there before and after school. As for extracurricular activities, I was involved in over 10 thoughout my high school career. There is something for everyone. Lastly, the parents are highly visible in the school and in the lives of the students.

- submitted by a former student
December 28, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 12, 2005
Xavier High School is one of the top two Catholic high schools for boys in the tri-state area. I don't think that comes as a surprise to anyone in the know. No school offers more on the part of extracurricular activities, discipline and history than Xavier. What further distinguishes Xavier from other schools is the dedication and adoration from their well-established alumni. You will not come across any alumni that contributes, promotes or bleeds more for a school than 'Sons of Xavier.'

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2005
Generally an excellent school with a mid to high intellect level faculty. Administration was excellent under jesuit stewardship but has lapsed slightly in the past year. Extracarricular activities are extensive and parent involvment is generally good.

- submitted by a former student
October 28, 2005
Never have I seen a better instance of a jesuit education in the modern world. The students at Xavier are some of the best I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
Xavier has been one of the finest academic institutions for over 150 years. If there was ever an example of how to incorporate the full experience of mind, body, and soul,then Xavier meets the criteria. It is one of the most prestigious high schools in the country.

- submitted by a former student
July 05, 2005
As an educator myself, I am so appreciative and grateful for the education my two boys received at Xavier. It is truly a top notch school. In regards to the Brooklyn Tech comparison, I would have to say that contrary to the posted belief, Xavier is the much better school. They send a higher percentage to four year colleges, they have a better student/teacher ratio, more activities and programs, and certainly a safer and more structured learning environment. I would know this because I graduated from Brooklyn Tech in '74.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
There is nothing like a Xavier education. Not only is a Xavier education better than just about every competing Catholic high school education BY MILES, it is probably also better than the vast majority of college educational opportunities as well. It is one of the best schools in the tri-state area.

- submitted by a former student
June 28, 2005
this is a good school. I feel that children get the necessary support they need to succeed. But I would still say that Brooklyn Tech is a much better school.

- submitted by a student
June 17, 2005
Xavier is an outstanding high school. I would match them against any elite high school. They are definitely the best investment for the dollar. Academically they send over 200 students to top four year colleges and universities each year, an over 99% graduation rate. They also offer more AP courses and additional courses, including militay scince for ROTC students, than any other Catholic high school. They offer over fifteen sports and over fifty organizations. Their music program awarded them the 'Best High School Band' during the St. Patrick's Day review within the past few years. Most importantly, Xavier is 1K cheaper than rival Fordham Prep and 13K cheaper than Loyola, yet Xavier offers so much more than both of them, including Regis when it comes to opportunities.

- submitted by a former student
June 03, 2005
How great is Xavier? Here are just a fraction of graduates making an impact across America: The president of Anheiser Busch, the president of the United States Postal Service, the president of NBC Networks, the US Supreme Court Justice who appointed our US president ( Antonin Scalia.)How about NBC's Al Roker, FOX News Mike Sheehan, and the US Ambassador to the Philippines, Alberto Del Rosario? This school has an endless list of leaders who haved shaped our country. Students who graduate from Xavier have a tremendous capacity for knowledge,discipline, faith, and service. Xavier exemplifies the best of the best. This school is not for the faint of heart. Only the cream of the crop need apply.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
This is the best school ever. it give a great education and is was the best 4 years ever.

- submitted by a former student
May 09, 2005
Xavier High School is an elite academic institution. This school clearly sets the standard for high academic performance with a brand of 'old school' discipline. Boys do not become graduates here, they become leaders.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
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April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 15, 2005
Xavier High School is a wonderful academic institution with undeniable results of discipline, class, and tradition. It is arguably one of the top two Catholic high schools in the tri-state area.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
The academic program is by far superior to other neighboring schools, however, the administration does not want to deal with children who do something wrong. Their answer to everything is to expel them and leave them in the middle of the year to scramble to find somewhere to go. They are cold-hearted and I would seriously reconsider anyone going here.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 22, 2005
Xavier is a very prestigious and rigorous institution. You will not find one Catholic high school in the NYC metropolitan area that sends 99% of students to four year collegs and yet has over 15 sports and 52 organizations, a student to teacher ratio of under 15:1, and a tuition that is still under $8,000. On top of that, Xavier managed to be one of the very few schools that never broke from their original roots of being an all-boy, Jesuit, and military school. With Blue Ribbons honors under their belt and an ROTC program that is recognized under 'honors with distinction', the highest in the country, it has never been a secret how Xavier has been one of the three best Catholic high schools for boys in the NYC metropolitan area for close to 160 years.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
Excellent college preparatory school, run in the great Jesuit tradition. In fact, I learned more here than I did in college. Not only did my Xavier education enrich me intellectually, it also taught me to be ethical, tolerant and involved citizen of the world.

- submitted by a former student
January 17, 2005
Excellent school! United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School for academic excellence and 2003 Blackboard Award for Best Catholic High School in New York City. Many of the school's distinguished faculty have either been graduates of the school itself or educating young men there for over twenty years. The school has a 99% graduation rate going on to four year colleges and universities. The class of 2004 were awarded 16 million dollars in college scholarships. Some of their distinguished graduates include US Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia '53, US Ambassador to the Philippines, Alberto Del Rosario '57, NBC television personality and author, Al Roker '72, author, George Brennan '89, and FOX News New York Investigative Reporter, Mike Sheehan ' 66.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
Xavier is a very special commununity with a hundred & fifty year tradition. In keeping with it's mission of educating the middle class & lower middle class, Xavier has kept the tuition costs well below the average in a city with escalating private education costs. The school begins every year at a deficit & the shortfall is supplemented by strong alumni support & some funding from the Jesuit community. Xavier men have a strong sense of who they are when they graduate & find themselves well prepared academically when entering college. The Xavier community showed how tight-knit and yet how far-reaching it is during the unfortunate 9/11 attacks. Xavier lost several 'sons' & relatives and many found solace on 16th street.

- submitted by a former student
June 04, 2004
Xavier is a great place and I am bothered by the review at the bottom. Fr. Ciancimino has done an excellent job, and his departure will signify the end of an era, but also, the start of another. We are truly going to miss Fr. Ciancimino. Teachers truly care about you at Xavier. Where also would teachers show up at 7 in the morning to help a student prepare for Latin? What about teachers who stay until all hours of the night to work on yearbook. The tradition at Xavier is outstanding, and I have been proud to be part of the Xavier community for the past 3 years. Sons of Xavier, Keep Marching, on to victory! We'll fight for you!

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2004
I have to respond to the former students letter. I graduated in 1983. I suffered the loss of my belove father as a sophmore. I struggled with my studies. I could have found myself ejected but instead I did find support. I had to work hard and it made me a better man. Years after I graduated I had problems and went back to Xavier for a support and found it in the same fine people that had made my education so extraordinary. Did I ever have a bad teacher? Yes. Were most of my teachers outstanding and concerned with me as a person and my academics? Definately yes. I teach in a public High School now and if I had a son I would have no hesitation sending them to Xavier. Xavier turns young men into distinguished, well grounded men. It is a proud tradition.

- submitted by a former student
September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I attended Xavier from 1987 to 1991. It was there that my foundation for life was formed. Despite the fact that I'm 'different' and often don't follow any particular order... Nonetheless Xavier taught me discipline, morals, values, and leadership. It prepared me for university studies, and a great career in the arts. Being an all boys school wasn't difficult. Great friendships were formed, and there was plenty of time for girls later on in life. The military program wasn't for me, but I knew plenty of guys who were happy with the program. The staff was caring, and wonderfully supportive. I still keep in touch with some of them 12 years later. A hard school to stay in though if you're not disciplined enough to make the grades and follow the rules. Out of a class of over 300, only 160 of us actually made it all four years and graduated. But well worth it. Made college studies easy.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
The second best academic Jesuit and Catholic high school for boys in Manhattan after Regis. Challenging curriculum with a military makeup. 99% go on to four year colleges. It is a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School and famous graduates include US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia '53 and television personality Al Roker '72. If you want a school where boys are made men and discipline shares the same plateau as education, this is the school for your son. The school is embodies success.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
no rating August 19, 2003
This school takes pride in telling future students that when you come to Xavier H. S you will enter into the Xavier Community. A tight nit caring environment that watches out for protects and helps their own. Well, let me ask you this would a real community throw out dozens of students every year for poor academic work. Or would they offer help to the students that needed it in order to protect them from the embarrassment and depression that follow not long after being ejected from a school they called home for 3 long years. A school that they grew to love that told them from year to year how they were in a community like no other. That other schools weren't as good as this one, teachers would talk mockingly about students from the surrounding high schools. The same schools the student that was thrown out would have to go to and beg to attend for their final year. Unless you are Irish and Catholic you are not in the community. That should be Xavier High Schools Slogan. All others need not apply. A Headmaster named Father Ciamcamito, that would do nothing to help a student in need. He will only take his pen out of his draw and sign away the students life. Sign away the students future, all in the name of protecting themselves from someone that will ruin their college statistics. I was once a student of Xavier High School I was thrown out in my Junior Year. I later went on to attend a college with many of my old friends from Xavier. So let me ask you why is it that I would have been kicked out of a school for academic reasons and later be in college with many of the same people I was in class with at Xavier. Does that make any sense? They were obviously telling me I wasn't smart enough to finish my last year there but yet I was just as smart as the countless Xavier students that went to my college. Why weren't they kicked out? And if they are so much better than I am why did they go to the same college? Just in case your wondering it is a very good college. Oh and this student that isn't worthy of a Xavier education received an 1150 on his SATs. Ask Father Ciamcamito what really decides what makes a kid stay or go. Ask the Headmaster of this community 'the Xavier community' How many students are thrown out every year for academic reason. I don't think any one should be ejected from a school for academic reasons. They should help the student get through whatever problems he may be having. Don't give up on his and say go elsewhere we can't help you. If you want you child to go to a school that will help him when he is having academic problems or is having trouble grasping something, stay away from this high school. They will only toss the child out onto 16th street along with countless others. Disciplinary problems are completely different if a student is unruly, won't behave himself, and or is being disruptive in class, severe action should be considered. One of the punishments Xavier H. S puts it's students through is JUG. This involves making the student join approximately 10 - 25 others in walking in a circle in the courtyard for 45 minutes to an hour. I recommend they make the student read or do some school work that will expand their minds for 45 minutes to an hour, instead of wasting their time. JUG is given to anyone that is late whether it is 30 seconds or 5 hours. One JUG is given for every tardiness. This has been just one former students oppinion. Please carefully consider all your options before choosing Xavier High School for your child. And please do ask the headmaster why anyone is thrown out of Xavier for academic reasons. Ask him if it is because they give up on the child and or because they don't have good enough teachers to get through to the child.

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
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Xavier High School
30 West 16th Street, New York, NY  10011
(212) 924-7900
Last modified Xavier High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Xavier High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 86 reviews. Top