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Xaverian Brothers High School

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800 Clapboardtree Street Westwood MA 02090 United States
7th to 12th
Boys only


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The academic aspects of Xaverian Brothers High School are challenging and rewarding at the same time. I found many of the classes I took to be demanding. While challenges arose teachers were always more than willing to assist. The classes taken at XBHS prepare their students exceptionally for the coming years of college. The teaching philosophy used was primarily a lecture followed by a discussion with classmates. Group discussions were a part of most classes, used to actively involve all students of the class. Teachers at Xaverian Brothers High School were always available to help their students. Class sizes were typically in the range from 20-30. The workload can vary from class to class but the typical homework assignment for each class is about 30 minutes, and a total of about 2 hours for all classes. Advanced placement classes are offered for advanced students as well as CP classes for those who are challenged. English class at Xaverian is very important. When I was a freshman at XBHS English was done as a double class period. All students are required to take 4 years of English, as well as 4 years of math. Upon graduation students are proficient in both math and English.

College Counseling

College advising took place during junior year. The advising meetings take place about every....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Most students apply to Xaverian during late middle school. My parents helped me to....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Campus culture is very active with activities going on at almost all times. There are a variety of clubs and sports teams to take part in after school. Football is a very big deal at Xaverian with most students attending. The schools approach to discipline was about right. Detentions were the main form of punishment for wrong doings. Any serious wrong doings resulted with suspension and the occasional expulsion. The diversity of Xaverian is mainly white students. There are a large number of African-Americans as well as Asians. Faculty is primarily white....

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