Xavier College Preparatory (Arizona)

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Xavier College Preparatory
Women of faith pursuing excellence; Leadership∙Tradition∙Community∙Service
4710 North Fifth Street
Phoenix, Arizona, (Maricopa County), 85012-1738
United States
Coordinates 33°30′20″N 112°4′2″W / 33.50556°N 112.06722°W / 33.50556; -112.06722Coordinates: 33°30′20″N 112°4′2″W / 33.50556°N 112.06722°W / 33.50556; -112.06722
Type Girls. Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1944
Founder Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Principal Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM
Vice principal Sr. Lynn Winsor, BVM, CMAA
Faculty 123
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,177 (October 1, 2012)[1]
Campus Urban
Color(s) Royal Blue, White and Kelly Green             
Mascot Gator
Team name Gators
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Newspaper The Xpress
School fees around $1,500
Tuition $15,016.00 (full annual rate); $11,713.00 (reduced annual rate)
Dean of Students Denise Macrina
Director of Admissions Paula Petrowski
Athletic Director Sr. Lynn Winsor, BVM, CMAA

Xavier College Preparatory is a Catholic, all-female private high school in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 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 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. In 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, 2008, and 2014 [1]; Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists in 1975 and 1993; and Flinn Scholars in 2004 and 2014. In 2005, a national Catholic publication named Xavier as among the top five Catholic high schools in the nation. In the 1990-91, 1994-96, and 2013-14 school years it was honored as a Blue Ribbon school.[3]

XCP has an athletic program with numerous state championships including golf, tennis, swim, and dive teams, XCP fields championship volleyball, basketball, track, softball, and spiritline (cheer and pom) teams as well as active crew, lacrosse, equestrian, and badminton club sports.

The school operates on a rotating class schedule, which provides for early dismissal on Fridays throughout the school year.


The school uniform comprises blue and white polo shirts or Oxford shirts worn with the traditional blue and gold plaid skirt. Students may opt for custom designed XCP outerwear (sweatshirts, sweaters, and long sleeved t-shirts). They also have their choice of footwear, provided that their shoes have ankle straps or backs of some sort, backpacks or bags, and modest jewelry.

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