Xavier College Preparatory (Arizona)

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Xavier College Preparatory
4710 North Fifth Street
Phoenix, (Maricopa County), Arizona 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 Private
Motto Women of faith pursuing excellence; Leadership∙Tradition∙Community∙Service
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1943
Founder Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
President Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM
Principal Sister Joan Nuckols, BVM
Faculty 123
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,200 (October 1, 2014)[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] Western Catholic Education Association
Newspaper The Xpress
Yearbook Xavierian
School fees Around $1,500
Tuition $19,143.00 (full annual rate); $14,832.00 (reduced annual rate); 40% of students receive financial aid
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, United States. 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 73 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 classes with students from Brophy College Preparatory, the all-male Jesuit high school that is adjacent to Xavier.


The curriculum at Xavier is a long-established college prep program. Honors classes are available in all fields of study, and AP classes are also an essential part of the curriculum. All seniors are required to 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;[3] Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists in 1975, 1993, and 2014; and Flinn Scholars in 2004, 2014, and 2016. 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.[4]

XCP has an athletic program with numerous state championships including cross country, crew, golf, tennis, cheer, pom, swim, dive, badminton, and sand volleyball teams. XCP cheer was awarded the USA national championship in 2017. XCP fields championship volleyball, basketball, track and softball teams as well as active crew, lacrosse, and shooting club sports.[5]

Xavier Prep Crew is the only girls high school Arizona crew team and has won many national titles, including 5th place at US Scholastic Nationals.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ AIA 2012 enrollment figures Archived October 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-08
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 30, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ XCP athletics
  6. ^ a b "Women of Achievement". Alumnae. Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d Strege, John (November 11, 2007). "Sister Act". Golf Digest. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ Bartkowski, Becky (August 22, 2013). "Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant on Real Housewives Addiction and How Kristen Wiig's The Best". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Diving at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Women's springboard". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  10. ^ "Young Scottsdale-raised Entrepreneurs Find Internet Niche" (PDF). Arizona Foothills Magazine. 
  11. ^ Mehr, Bob (March 23, 2000). "AUSTINTATIOUS". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Silverstein, Ken (February 29, 2008). "John McCain's Charitable Contributions". Harper's. 
  13. ^ Cordova, Randy (September 5, 2010). "Q&A: Valley's Emma Stone scores high marks". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Track & Field and Cross Country Statistics". Athletic.net. Retrieved 2016-02-26. 

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