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Guidance Mission, Staff & Resources

With 68 years of combined experience, our Guidance Department is uniquely qualified to help our students adjust to the challenge of an all-boys, private, Catholic high school and set them up for success.

Our senior class consistently boasts a college acceptance rate of 100 percent , and the class of 2018 had an average SAT score of 1180 – which is 140 points higher than the average student in Connecticut. The role of our knowledgeable and experienced Guidance Department is particularly important in ensuring the success a student enjoys at Xavier continues well after graduation.

The Xavier Mission

As a Catholic college preparatory school sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers and the Diocese of Norwich, Xavier High School fosters the spiritual, academic and physical growth of its students and challenges them to use their God-given talents in service to others so that each Xavier graduate is fully prepared to respond to the Christian call of our motto: “Be A Man.”

The Guidance Mission

The goal is to provide academic advising and college placement counseling as well as support for personal, social and family issues. The department facilitates and encourages dialogue between counselors, students, parents, faculty and administration. Guidance strives to foster an open and safe environment that demonstrates the mission of Xavier at each developmental state of our students.

Meet The Staff

DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE RICH MAGNER: Rich is a 1969 Xavier graduate who excelled in baseball and baksetball and went on to a long career in professional baseball before coming back here in September of 1979. He was a teacher, basketball and baseball coach, and has been head of the department since 1997.

"My role as the Director of Guidance at Xavier has been wonderful," Magner says. "I have been involved with so many families and their sons. I have had the good fortune to work with serious and dedicated faulty, administrators, counselors. The day to day joy of the job has been working with our students, seeing them mature from young teens to adults ready to accept new challenges. Although the college process has changed a bit each year, the our concentration is still student-focused and that is the best part of the job..

The Academic Achievement Center

For students who might be struggling or want more structure after school, the Guidance Department has established the Academic Achievement Center. Open Monday through Thursday after school until 4:30, the AAC is staffed by a faculty member and two student tutors from the National Honor Society and provides space for individual or group work.