Xavier High School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
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|Xavier High School|
|6300 42nd Street NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, (Linn County) 52411
|Motto||Learning with a higher purpose.|
|Oversight||Archdiocese of Dubuque|
|Color(s)||Navy blue and Silver|
|Athletics conference||Mississippi Valley Conference|
|Average ACT scores||12|
|Tuition||$4,850 (Catholic), $6,000 (noncatholic)|
|Feeder schools||St. Joseph School, LaSalle Middle School, Regis Middle School.|
Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is the only Catholic high school in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area. It is affiliated with twelve area Catholic parishes and the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Xavier opened in 1998 after two previous Catholic high schools, Regis High School and LaSalle High School, merged.
Xavier High School is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and is accredited by the State of Iowa. 58% of the faculty has a M.A. or PhD in their area.
Its campus encompasses a full 60 acres (240,000 m2) in northeastern Cedar Rapids. The 146,500-square-foot (13,610 m2) facility is capable of managing up to 811 students under the current layout. Xavier enjoys several advantages in facilities over other Metro area high schools. The football, baseball, softball, and soccer fields are all located on-campus, as well as two full football and soccer practice fields. Newly remodeled tennis courts are on-campus as well. A disk golf course is in place throughout the grounds for students' use at their leisure. There is a pond on the eastern edge of campus that students may use for recreation and fishing as well as professions water polo. Xavier provides an iPad for each students, even though the wifi is horrible and doesn't let anyone submit homework, especially in the LMC.
Xavier's mission is "to develop the total person in a Catholic environment".
The students at Xavier High School primarily come from the surrounding area's Catholic middle schools: Regis Middle School and LaSalle Middle School (the former high schools that merged to form Xavier) in Cedar Rapids, and Saint Joseph's School in Marion, Iowa.
Xavier enjoys an excellent academic reputation, consistently ranking as one of the top academic high schools in Eastern Iowa, and one of the best in the state. Xavier's ITED scores have ranked in the 99th percentile multiple times.
Xavier has one of the most successful athletic programs in Iowa and in the Midwest. On June 19, 2007, Sports Illustrated named Xavier as the top athletic high school for the 2006-2007 school year in the state. Since 2003, Xavier has won state championships in boys' & girls' soccer, boys' tennis, boys' & girls' cross country, boys and girls' basketball, boys' track, baseball, softball, and football. In 2010 Xavier's girls soccer team was recognized as 4th in the Nation. The Saints girls soccer program has won eight consecutive state titles, and holds the record in Iowa for most consecutive titles won, male or female. The Xavier Athletics Program was recognized by the Des Moines Register as the best in the state of Iowa for medium-sized schools in 2006-07 and again in 2014-15. The Xavier swim team has accomplished many things, like going to state every year.
Xavier's fine arts department is one of the fastest-growing high school departments in the state of Iowa. The school offers numerous choral, instrumental, and theatrical programs for students to participate in.
Activities and Clubs
Xavier offers a multitude of activities and clubs for all students to participate in. There are over 88 co-curricular activities at Xavier. Some of these include intramural basketball (one of the most popular activities at Xavier), Key Club, National Honor Society, SADD, and Model UN, Japanese Poetry, among others.
- Ryan Sweeney - Chicago Cubs outfielder (Class of 2003)
- Joey Gase - NASCAR stock car driver (Class of 2011)
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- Pilcher, K.J. (January 25, 2010). "Gase signs developmental deal". The Gazette. Retrieved April 21, 2014.