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 1943
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 1,200 (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
School fees around $1,500
Tuition $15,016.00 (full annual rate); $11,713.00 (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. 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 71 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 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, 1993, and 2014; 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, dive, badminton, and sand volleyball teams. XCP fields championship volleyball, basketball, track, softball, and spiritline (cheer and pom) teams as well as active crew, lacrosse, and shooting club sports.[citation needed]

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


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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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ AIA 2012 enrollment figures
  2. ^ Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-08
  3. ^ http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/list-1982.pdf
  4. ^ a b "Women of Achievement". Alumnae. Xavier College Preparatory. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Strege, John (November 11, 2007). "Sister Act". Golf Digest. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Diving at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Women's springboard". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Young Scottsdale-raised Entrepreneurs Find Internet Niche" (PDF). Arizona Foothills Magazine. 
  9. ^ Mehr, Bob (March 23, 2000). "AUSTINTATIOUS". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Silverstein, Ken (February 29, 2008). "John McCain’s Charitable Contributions". Harper's. 
  11. ^ Cordova, Randy (September 5, 2010). "Q&A: Valley's Emma Stone scores high marks". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 31 October 2015.