The school is a caring community that embodies the Gospel of Jesus Christ and teaches the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.
An educational ministry of the Diocese of Fall River, the school serves students and families of all faiths across Cape Cod, the Islands, and southeastern Massachusetts who seek distinctive co-educational elementary, middle, and high school Catholic education. Through strong relationships and worthy example, the school recognizes students’ gifts, develops their potential, and inspires their pursuit of truth through faith and reason.
Our school embraces the teaching of the Catholic Church, which recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children. As such, it is important to articulate the mission, philosophy, and vision of the school so that parents can understand our approach and determine if the school best fits their family goals.
Our school philosophy is based on five fundamental values.
A Community of Care and Concern
School culture and environment are premised on the idea that people learn best through relationships that are positive, encouraging, respectful, and professional. Therefore, the school retains qualified faculty and staff members capable of forming healthy relationships marked by mutual respect and shared goals.
Full Personhood under God
From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, we know that our most important charge is the full human formation of our students, who are created in the image and likeness of God. Such formation requires a
program of intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social-emotional experiences that help students realize their worth and the central role of God in their creation, lives, and destiny.
Students deserve both robust academic challenges and robust support to meet them. The school offers a thoughtfully-developed curriculum based on the Catholic liberal arts tradition and inclusive of evolving STEAM approaches. When expectations are set high, and relationships of respect prevail, students tend to meet those expectations. In equal measure, support and appropriate accommodations are provided for student success.
Opportunities to Grow and Thrive
The school’s philosophy of challenge and support is equally operative in the athletic, performance, artistic, and other co-curricular endeavors. Students are provided opportunities and encouraged to explore new dimensions of themselves in an environment designed for appropriate risk-taking and growth. We believe in maximizing options and activities so that students are not “waiting in line” and as a result, more readily grow through new endeavors.
Spiritual Life and Christian Service
The school program is rooted in the Catholic Faith. We strive to know, love, and serve God, as Jesus taught, through prayer, worship, and service. In order to educate the whole child truly and to live our pilgrim journey on earth, developing habits of prayer, regular worship at Mass, and meaningful acts of Christian service are of ultimate value. Through prayer, worship, and service, students develop their spiritual dimension, actively engage with other persons in need, and prepare for their ultimate destiny.
"...this profile describes a real, lived description of the skills, qualities, attitudes, and knowledge resulting from the St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School educational experience."
Consider the following description a profile of the St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School graduate. Not an idealized vision of the “perfect” students, but rather this profile describes a real, lived description of the skills, qualities, attitudes, and knowledge resulting from the St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School educational experience.
The profile is comprised of five key facets of the human person; Intellectual Formation, Character Formation, Leadership, Christian Service, and Catholic Faith.
St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School first opened its doors in September 1996. As a result of the vision of founding pastor Reverend Edward J. Byington, the school opened with grades five through eight. The first class graduated in June 1997.
In 2002, the school received a ten-year accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and was re-accredited in 2012. In 2013, St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School joined with St. John Paul II High School as one school under the direction of the Diocese of Fall River. Daily, the school is set on its course to live out its motto to have our Lord Teach Us holiness, wisdom, truth, humility, mercy, peacefulness, charity, patience, and kindness.
Francis Xavier was born April 7, 1506, in the Spanish
kingdom of Navarre. He was the devoted disciple of
Ignatius Loyola. As a boy, Francis Xavier was fond of
sports. He has been described as a youth with a fiery
temperament, but also with a large heart and generous
At the age of nineteen, Francis Xavier went to the University of Paris, where he met Ignatius, who was much older. A friendship formed and with time Francis Xavier eventually became one of the first members of the Society of Jesus and made his vows with Ignatius and five others on August 15, 1534. He was ordained on June 24, 1537.
Ignatius was asked by King John of Portugal to send priests to establish missions in India, newly being explored and claimed by Portugal. The task eventually fell to Francis Xavier. He saw a vast new world opening before him and his one desire was to win it to Christ. Francis Xavier brought with him few possessions to this new endeavor, except his consuming love for God and for the souls of his fellow man. Francis Xavier deliberately chose to live in the most complete poverty and refused to accept any of the material conveniences which were offered to him. He was able to put up with the most appalling conditions on his long sea voyages and he endured the most agonizing extremes of heat and cold.
Wherever he went, Francis Xavier sought out the poor and the sick and he spent his time ministering to their needs. Yet while he was occupied all day with these works of mercy, he would spend the greater part of the night in prayer. It is reported that Francis Xavier did all these things with good cheer and lightness of heart.
The cross in the upper right half of the shield is a Celtic cross, illuminated by a circle, representing the sun and symbolically, God as our true source of our light. This symbol has a pagan origin, as pagans worshipped the sun. Thus, the superimposition of the cross over the sun represents Christ’s baptism of non-believers.
In the lower left-hand corner of the shield is the Chirho, representing the first two letters of Christ’s name in the Greek alphabet. Thus, the Chirho is a representation – a kind of shorthand – for Christ. This symbol was used especially in the early days of the church.
The Latin, Domine Doce Nos, translated means “Lord
Teach Us.” Indeed, we ask our Lord Jesus Christ to
teach us as he did the people with whom he traveled.
We ask for ways of holiness, wisdom, humility, truth,
mercy, peace, charity, patience, and kindness.
The School Colors
The school colors stem from our school mascot, the Blue Angels. Like the colors of the Navy Blue Angels, the blue and white symbolize the dreams and pursuits of the horizon and purity from above. The accent of gold, represents a strength and firmness for righteousness and justice. We can indeed be proud to display our school colors.