Academic Overview

At Xavier, there are three levels of classes – College Prep, Accelerated, and Honors – to ensure that every young man who walks through our doors is appropriately challenged in the classroom.

The average class size is 19.8, with a 13:1 student-teacher ratio, which means students are able to establish meaningful relationships with their teachers in an all-boys environment that fosters development, achievement and excellence.

Our rigorous academic program offers an opportunity to earn up to 55 college credits through Advanced Placement (AP) or UCONN Early College Experience (ECE) classes in a variety of disciplines.

Supported by nearly six decades of tradition and the rich history of the Xaverian Brothers, Xavier is one of Connecticut’s premiere college-preparatory high schools.


Graduation Requirements

  • 4 credits in English
  • 4 credits in Mathematics
  • 4 credits in Religion
  • 3 credits in French, Latin, or Spanish
  • 3 credits in Science (Physical Science/Physics, Biology and Chemistry required)
  • 3 credits in Social Studies (Civics, World History, U.S. History required)
  • 1 credit in Physical Education/Health/Physical Well-Being
  • .5 credit in Fine Arts
  • .5 credit in Computer Essentials

Students fulfill graduation requirements by taking additional elective courses in English, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Science, Social Studies, Business, Art, Music, or Theater. Students must earn 27 credits in order to graduate. All freshmen, sophomores and juniors take a 7 credit load. Seniors take a minimum of 6 credits.

CRITERIA FOR ACADEMIC HONORS

For a student to attain High Honors for a given marking period, he must

    • Have at least a 3.75 grade point average for that quarter and
    • Have no grade lower than a B.**

For a student to attain Honors for a given marking period, he must

    • Have at least a 3.25 grade point average for that quarter and
    • Have no grade lower than a C.**

For a student to qualify for the end-of-the-year Headmaster's List, he must

    • Complete the academic year with a final grade point average of 3.75 or higher and
    • Have no final average grade less than a B.**

For a student to qualify for the end-of-year Principal’s List, he must

    • Complete the academic year with an final grade point average between 3.25 and 3.74 and
    • Have no final grade less than a C.**

For a student to qualify for the Brother Celestine Medal (which a student may receive only once during his four years at Xavier), he must

    • Complete the academic year with an overall final average of A and
    • Have no final average grade less than an A- in his major subjects.**

**Pass/Fail Courses are NOT included in the tabulation for Honor Roll, Headmaster’s List, Principal's List, or Brother Celestine Medal.

DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR PROGRAM

The Distinguished Scholar Program offers the most challenging curriculum to qualified students. Students become eligible for the program at the start of the senior year. To be eligible a student must have taken at least 2 AP courses prior to senior year and be enrolled in at least 3 AP courses in senior year. (AP Biology/AP Biology Lab count as two). To maintain status as a Distinguished Scholar, a student must maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA with no grade lower than C in any AP course.