St. Xavier's Collegiate School

Coordinates: 22°32′54″N 88°21′21″E / 22.54837°N 88.35596°E / 22.54837; 88.35596
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St. Xavier's Collegiate School
30 Mother Teresa Sarani

Coordinates22°32′54″N 88°21′21″E / 22.54837°N 88.35596°E / 22.54837; 88.35596
TypePrivate school
Catholic school
MottoLatin: Nihil Ultra
(Nothing Beyond)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)Francis Xavier
Established16 January 1860; 163 years ago (1860-01-16)
School boardIndian Certificate of Secondary Education (year 10)
Indian School Certificate (year 12)
RectorJeyaraj Veluswamy
PrincipalM. Thamacin Arulappan
HeadmasterProbal Gomes
Number of students2,300
Average class size40
Colour(s)Blue and white   
NicknameXaverian; SXCS
YearbookThe Xaverian
Annual tuition1,00,900[1]
AffiliationCouncil for the Indian School Certificate Examinations

St. Xavier's Collegiate School (informally SXCS) is a private Catholic primary and secondary school for boys, located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The school was founded in 1860 by the Jesuits under the supervision of Fr. Henri Depelchin S.J., and it is named after St. Francis Xavier, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary to India. The school caters to approximately 2,300 students.


One of the elite institutes of country, St Xavier's Collegiate school was founded in 1860 by the Society of Jesus, an all-male Catholic religious order. The school is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Spanish Jesuit saint. The founder of the school is Fr. Henri Depelchin, S.J.,[2] who oversaw most of the groundwork during the early years.[3]

San Souci theatre[edit]

The San Souci theatre at 30 Park Street (now Mother Teresa Sarani), Kolkata-700016, was burned to the ground in 1843. The property was purchased by Jesuits from Belgium and became the present campus.[3]

Foundation years[edit]

The motto, Latin: Nihil ultra (translated as "nothing beyond"), along with the crest of the college date to the rectorship of Fr. O'Neill, S.J., 1904–1913.[4]

The present imposing five-storied building was built from 1934 to 1940 at a cost of Rs 9 lakhs, which was collected partly from the public of Calcutta, assistance from Belgium, and the huge rental received from the American army that occupied the building during World War II.[2][5] Expansion of the school has been a long effort, with a campus slated for Salt Lake City, Kolkata and a second boys' hostel not far from the existing one.

A commemorative stamp was issued by the Indian Post Office on 12 April 1985 depicting the campus and in its commentary recognising the school's contribution to society.[2] In 2019, the foundation stone was laid for a new kindergarten section.


Students have excelled on the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education exam.[6] In 2015, a student secured the highest marks in the ICSE examination while in 2017 a student scored the highest marks, in the Indian School Certificate examination.[7][8] In 2013 Xavier was ranked by Digital Learning as the top school in West Bengal.[9]

The school is divided into houses namely Berchmans, Britto, Gonzaga and Loyola, all trained in synchronized marching.[10] The tertiary section extended to coeducational Honors Arts and Science programs and Teacher Training while still on the high school campus.[2]

In 2011 Xavier was judged the best eco-initiative school in Kolkata City for its preparation of compost manure for organic gardening.[11] The school won a football tournament organized to promote outdoor exercise (so that youth do not become addicted to staying indoors with their computers).[12] The traveling cricket team in 2016 secured the first place in a tournament in Leicester, England.[13] In September 2016 the school hosted an exhibition of about 90 paintings of Mother Teresa to commemorate her canonization that month.

Steps toward university[edit]

Xavier is expanding into tertiary education in collaboration with other groups, as with the Jesuit Xavier School of Management in Jamshedpur, on a new 17-acre campus in Rajarhat near New Town, Kolkata. A research centre with post-graduate courses is also planned. While schools of engineering and medicine are being considered, plans are progressing slowly to assure that fees will remain low and a wide range of students will be able to afford the education.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Payment of School Fees". St. Xavier's Collegiate School.
  2. ^ a b c d e Commemorative stamp, retrieved on 4 February 2008
  3. ^ a b India, St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata. "St. Xavier's Collegiate School for Boys Kolkata Calcutta India". Retrieved 22 August 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ history Archived 19 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 6 February 2008
  6. ^ "Kolkata's Saugata Chowdhury tops ICSE with 99.20% | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Bengaluru boy tops ICSE exam with 99.4%". SahilOnline | Reflection of the Truth. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  8. ^ "ISC results 2017". 29 May 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Top Schools in West Bengal". 16 December 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  10. ^ sxcseduvideo (21 January 2011), St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata - Sports Day 2010, archived from the original on 19 December 2021, retrieved 22 August 2017
  11. ^ "Organic gardening: St Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata leads the way | Ecology and Jesuits in Communication". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Kolkata students shine in inter-school football tournament". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  13. ^ "St Xaviers win Goodwill Cricket Tournament 2016". Cricket World. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  14. ^ "St Xavier's plans new school, newer courses". The Indian Express. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  15. ^ "St Xaviers win Goodwill Cricket Tournament 2016". Cricket World. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  16. ^ LU, Editor (10 February 2019). "DIPANKAR P. GUPTA". Lawyers Update. Retrieved 15 June 2019. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  17. ^ Rosalie Murphy, Contemporary poets of the English language (St. James Press, 1970)
  18. ^ Quizmaster Derek O'Brien, an ex-student of St Xavier's School... The Times of India, 25 January 2005.

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