This is the basic menu: Xavier's academic levels are represented on the transcript by AP (Advanced Placement®); H (Honors), A (Accelerated), and CP (College Prep). We have 26 STEM courses, 19 Advanced Placement® classes, and 14 UConn Early College Experience (ECE) classes, the latter equaling a total of 44 credits.
But there is nothing basic about a Xavier education, inside and outside the classroom.
Supported by nearly six decades of tradition and the rich history of the Xaverian Brothers, Xavier is one of Connecticut’s premier college-preparatory high schools that attracts students about 70 cities and towns in Connecticut. Few know many people when they get here, yet they leave with friends for a lifetime.
Xavier has many veteran teachers who inspire students through their creative approaches.
Build a rocket and launch it in the courtyard as a way of learning about engineering in Mr. Doherty's class.You never know who the next rocket scientist might be.
Build a rubber-band car and see how far it can go down the hallway in Mr. Gargano's and Ms. Keefe's Physical Science classes. Maybe we've got the next NASCAR driver here, just like Ryan Preece '09.
Be entertained and enlightened in a fast discourse during Civics class taught by Brother Ryan, C.F.X. We might just have the next mayor of Middletown in the room.
Create a bill with the format used by Congress in Mr. Guyon's social studies class. You never know who's headed for a career in our nation's capital.
- 4 years of English
- 4 years of Mathematics
- 4 years of Religion
- 3 years in French, Latin, or Spanish
- 3 years in Science (Physical Science/Physics, Biology and Chemistry required)
- 3 years in Social Studies (Civics, World History, U.S. History required)
- 1 year in Physical Education/Health/Physical Well-Being
- Half of year in Fine Arts
- Half of year in Computer Essentials
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.
|Grade||Numerical Grade||Point Value|
|F||64 or below||0|
The Monsignor Wilson Chapter of the National Honor Society includes qualified juniors and seniors. Each member receives a handbook outlining the Chapter rules and regulations. Besides honoring outstanding students, the main goal of the local chapter is to give service to the school community. Members of the society are expected to tutor students and assist at such things as parent programs, special Masses, Chapter service projects, and Advancement and Home & School events. Each member is required to give 12 hours of service time each year.
Xavier also is a member of the following Honor Societies: French, Spanish, Latin, Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and International Thespian.
Distinguished Scholar Program
The Distinguished Scholar Program was instituted to recognize those seniors who successfully have taken the most rigorous course of study at Xavier. To be recognized as a distinguished scholar, a student must have taken a minimum of six Advanced Placement courses through his Xavier career, including a minimum of three Advanced Placement courses in his senior year. Additionally he must have no grade lower than a B- in any Advanced Placement course, and he must have maintained a 3.25 overall GPA.
Xavier's onCampus Learning Management System
Xavier High School is powered by Blackbaud’s onCampus Learning Management System and digital grade book. This new system helps students keep track of homework and grades, allows them to more easily communicate with teachers as well as use of 21st century technologies to collaborate with classmates in digital settings. Additionally, parents have their own login, allowing them to keep updated on student grades, assignments, and schedules.
As part of Xavier High School’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, all students receive a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and five (5) complimentary copies of Microsoft Office that they can be installed on their personal device and any other device at home that they may do work on (a cost savings of $150 per copy). Microsoft Office is professional software used in colleges and Fortune 500 companies all over the world, and proficiency in Microsoft Office is one of the top desired skills of students entering the workplace.
All Xavier freshmen will be trained to use Microsoft Office as part of the first-year curriculum.Use of the onCampus LMS and Microsoft Office is just another way that Xavier High School is preparing our students to succeed in college and beyond.
Recommended Computers For BYOD & Policy Agreement
- Xavier recommends all students use comparable computers for classes. Please click this link to see a suggested list of computers students can chose.
- Xavier sophomores, juniors and seniors and their parents have to sign an agreement to bring their own devices to schools. To get the form, please click this link.