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600 North Bend Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45224

(513) 761-7600
(513) 842-1610
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March 23, 2014
I am a current junior at St. X. After my short time here, I don't regret going here at all. The academics are tough, but that just makes us better, stronger, more academically prepared men. But more importantly, this school teaches us how to be the best men we can be. It challenges our character by putting us into situations (sometimes uncomfortable ones, like helping out and hanging out with disabled children) that allows us to grow into men for others, people who help out others, no matter what. These challenges are what define us. This school teaches us to turn uncomfortable situations into opportunities to help out the world, and to discover our character. On top of that, St. X students form a bond that lasts a lifetime. It sounds clich , but I am a part of a brotherhood, and St. Xavier has greatly improved my life, but it all depends on the effort of the student.

- submitted by a student

April 06, 2012
Former student at St. X and MIT. Like so many others, I can't express how great this school is. Academically, I felt better prepared than almost everyone at MIT. But academics aren't everything. I think they do more than any other school to develop character and encourage students to think about social, cultural, and religious issues, without ever indoctrinating. St. X doesn't just produce good students, but also good people. And finally, unlike other high-end prep schools, you get athletics and interaction with "normal" people, not just people entering math competitions. I think this is a valuable life skill and is under-appreciated by parents. No matter what you do in life, shear intelligence can only get you so far. Eventually, you've got to be able to deal with other people.

- submitted by a community member

August 02, 2011
I went to St. Xavier High School and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I'm sorry, but if your child got "lost in the numbers" then that is his own fault. St. Xavier provides COUNTLESS opportunities to get involved, be active and make a difference. Based in Jesuit tradition, St. X CONTINUES to only accept the brightest and the most worthy. Many "legacies" are denied entrance because they have either failed to live up to the grade school GPA requirements or the entrance exam requirements. The athletics are top in the country, are funded as well as some college teams and are ancillary to the academic standards expected. You will be very hardpressed to find a Bomber who did not appreciate, enjoy and grow from his time at this school.

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February 03, 2011
Sorry but I am disappointed with St X. This school was a smaller Jesuit high school that only accepted the high academic students. St X has now become the largest private school in the state of Ohio. They have lowered their standards. The now longer have their own test but use the same test all Catholic Elementary students must take. The test is only 50% of the admission requirement. This is a large regional school with kids from five or six counties that surround the area. They have a higher student to teacher ratio than other Catholic high schools. My two sons did nothing but get lost in the large numbers. My third son will chose another school.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2010
St. X spoiled us! As a parent of two Bombers (one a grad and another a current student), my expectations are high. We are having a tough time finding a comparable Catholic school for our daughter! The best thing about St. X is the attitude of the students: here, it's cool to be smart. You can play football and sing in the choir. You can be an artist and excel in the lab. The boys encourage each other. How refreshing!

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February 22, 2010
As a parent of a recent graduate St X stands apart from all other High schools in the Cincy area. St X literally has hundreds of colleges visit every year for a reason. St X has a large number of National Merit Scholars every year. The sports programs are near State competitive every year and the Theater program is tops in Cincinnati. My son applied and was accepted to all nine colleges he applied to and is now successful in one of the countries finest universities. I credit St X for much of my sone success and if you are looking for the finest education in boys catholic schools in Cincinnati then St Xavier H.S is the only choice.

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February 01, 2010
I am current freshman at St. Xavier and I could not imagine myself at any other high school. It is amazing how much we learn from the faculty and staff how to become 'Men For & With Others' (our school motto) I love it at St. X. It's hard to explain it in words, but if you just check the place out, you'll see why it is one of the best high schools in not only Cincinnati or Ohio, but in the entire country. GO BOMBERS!!

- submitted by a student
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January 22, 2009
I grudgingly admit that St. Xavier is the finest high school in Cincinnati. Coming from a Moeller grad no less. What changed my attitude was my youngest son's experience. He took the entrance exam and gained admission unlike his older brothers (Moeller grads). Once I gained entry to the inner workings of the school as a St. Xavier parent, my ingrained prejudices against this fine (finest!) school were proven to be baseless. I would heartily agree with all of the superlatives expressed by so many of the other reviewers toward St. Xavier High School. It is clearly the one school to which all others (including its younger brother Jesuit school in Cleveland) aspire to be. No other Catholic school can equal much less surpass all of the academic achievements and measures of quality of St. Xavier . From a proud parent of a member of The Long Blue Line, THANK YOU.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2009
We can't say enough good things about St. Xavier HS. I have a seinor and a sophomore. My youngest son can't wait to go. The school is supportive and nurturing. They have the best teachers and staff that I have ever encountered. It is a great place for boys to become men.

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December 07, 2008
My son is a senior this year. He has developed into a strong confident young man, very much inpart due to St X.They teach strong values and have such an excellent range in class options. My son is well prepared for high school.

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November 13, 2008
St. X is top-notch in every respect and deserves its reputation. My interaction with St. X students, without exception, is that they come out of school as mature, well-spoken, impressive young men. St. X has been a struggle academically for my son. He is a smart kid but every kid at St. X is smart. As a result, there are times I've felt that he was a little discouraged by the toughness of the academics. At his local public school, he'd probably be an 'A' student. His friends at the local public school rarely have homework. At St. X, my son is a B-C student and is in the bottom quartile of the class. If your son is not very strong academically, I would not recommend St. X because you'll be in for a long, hard four years.

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October 16, 2008
I am a college admissions counselor who interviews students all over Cincinnati. The St. X seniors I interview are a cut above. There are fine students from other schools around town as well, but St X students are consistently outstanding, and clearly very well prepared for college.

- submitted by a community member

August 07, 2008
No school is perfect, but St. X is considered tops in town. That 4-star review cracks me up: there literally isn't a college in America that would suggest Moeller's better than X, or even on the same level. Even so, the education costs a lot more than at Cincy's very good publics; it depends on how important you think character education is--in that regard, X again is best in town.

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November 01, 2007
This is the best school in Cincinnati and one of the best in the US. I would suggest speaking with graduates, parents, and faculty directly. This is the only school in Cincinnati where all of these groups are more than happy to speak concerning the school. Also speak to the same groups at competitive schools and you will find that the reputation equals the performance for this school. My only complaint is that the school tends to be slightly more conservative than my leanings but much less so than I anticipated before my son attended. I would recommend this school to anyone who can pass the entrance exam. The tuition is a small fraction of the cost of college tuition and is an insurance policy towards you child performing well at the next level. Financial aid is available but this school is worth full tuition even for those of moderate income.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2007
Pretty good school, athletically strong. Not quite as good as Moeller, but it's better than your other two options for all-male Catholic high schools in the area.

- submitted by a student

March 13, 2006
St. X has done a tremendous job educating my two sons. It is a top notch private school which is genuinely concerned about the career and success of each student. The parent involvement is outstanding which is a major reason why the school has been very successful in educating future scholars and leaders.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2005
My son is about to graduate from St. X. The years my son spent at St. X has been the most positive experience of his adolescent years. Not only does the administration stress academic excellence, but the motto of 'educating young men to serve others' has had such a powerful impact on the development of my son's character. Over the past four years, I have witnessed my son mature from a young, insecure, awkward teenager to a proud, confident, compassionate and caring gentleman. St. X has certainly been a positive and powerful this maturation. The tuition is high, but well worth the money. If I could decide all over again where my son attends high school, I would, without hesitation, choose St. Xavier High School.

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February 20, 2005
My son moved to Cincinnati the summer before his freshman year when I remarried. A very difficult move for him at a very critical point in his development. The atmosphere at St. X proved to be the single most important element to his adjustment. The students are smart, athletic, competative and PROUD. They value their time at St. X and they value the awesome opportunity that it represents. I am constantly struck by how the students themselves push each other to excel in everything that they set out to do. Whether on the athletic field, in the class room or organizing fund drives, these young men strive to be the BEST at each and every chosen endeavor AND 9 times out of 10 THEY SUCCEED! What an awesome life lesson for my son...and for yours.

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February 15, 2005
Son graduated 2001 -if they enrolled girls my daughter would have gone there too! Once you get past the socio-economic snobbery, the acedemics are top shelf. They make it cool to be a geek! Great facillities, great support from alumni, scholarship and financial aid available - tuition high, but worth it!

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November 05, 2004
I am a successful man today, 10 years after my graduation, because of the strong foundation I received at St. X High School. College, for me, was less stressful than it was for others (Chemical Engineering, MBA) because I learned to study and discipline myself through the academic and athletic programs offered by St. X. Will my sons go to St. X when they're old enough? Absolutely! St. X is a bit more expensive than others (of course more than public), but the scholarships and career push I got from my education more than made up for the tuition. I am a major believer in St. X. The teachers, coaches, and school leadership are ahead of all others in the Cincinnati area.

- submitted by a student

June 19, 2004
Excellent college prep school even for non-catholics. Studying is the norm not the exception. Teachers set high expectations and students strive to meet them. Some teachers are strict, picky, almost military in their dealings with students. But all are very knowledgable in their subject and most grade fairly.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Xavier High School
600 North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH  45224
(513) 761-7600
Last modified St. Xavier High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
St. Xavier High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top