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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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Xaverian's academic program is designed so that any student will be able to attend a four-year college. It is strong in all areas of study, but notably the social students faculty is outstanding. The student body is primarily collaborative, even in AP classes. Xaverian's academics are incredible. Taking the honors and Advanced Placement courses gave me a rigorous academic experience and I was well prepared to tackle classes at Harvard. Xaverian's classes are focused and teachers are driven, and each student is pushed to succeed to his best potential. The teaching philosophy once again revolves around each students achieving his potential. Many classes are lecture-based, but some including theology and philosophy courses involve a great deal of discussion. Class sizes are typically appropriate, although AP English classes could have been smaller to promote more discussion. Teachers have excellent availability, and department center hours are an excellent resources. Weekly workload is heavy, but it is good preparation for college-level work. Extra help is always available from any teacher in a department.

College Counseling

My guidance counselor was an excellent resource of information. In addition to providing a....

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

Academic success, public service history, and extracurricular involvement are key to the admissions office. ....

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

Students are typically socially liberal. The school, despite a Catholic tradition, is progressive in nature. Peers are collaborative. Community service is a priority, and most students participate in service during their time at Xaverian. The school's approach to discipline is too rigid. There are certain rules in place, such as a clean shaven rule, that are unnecessary and do not constructively contribute to the daily life at school. Discipline is handled well, albeit sometimes forgiveness can be hard to come by with simple mistakes such as eating in the hallway. The majority of the students are white upper-middle....

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