Academic Program


Characteristics of a Successful SFXP Student

A successful SFXP student is a learner; the individual possesses a desire to acquire knowledge and to discover.

A successful SFXP student is an active participant in his/her faith. We are a faith community which exists because of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

A successful SFXP student is someone who wants to be here. While it is true that the parent is the primary educator and properly should make the decisions for a child until the age of majority, a student who is opposed to being here will find our academic, social, and spiritual expectations odious.

A successful SFXP student is respectful, kind, and thoughtful.

A successful SFXP student is honest, responsible, and trustworthy.

A successful SFXP student is a good listener and has the ability to focus in class. The degree to which a student lacks self-control is the degree to which a student will find unhappiness in our setting.

A successful SFXP student is attentive. He or she absorbs what is taught and transforms the lesson into action, either academic, social, or spiritual.

A successful SFXP student is successful in test-taking and knows the value of academic rigor.

A successful SFXP student is organized. He or she is able to manage time. The individual can handle avaried program, keep track of his or her possessions, and present material in a clear and efficient manner.

A successful SFXP student is intellectually curious. He or she is a self-starter and possesses an enthusiasm for learning.

A successful SFXP student is well presented. The individual cares about his or her appearance and will take pride in the privilege of wearing a St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School uniform and the other requirements of appearance.

A successful SFXP student is confident, but with ego in check. At St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, we believe God’s plan for the worth, value, and dignity of all precludes individuals from feeling a bit ―more worthy.

A successful SFXP student is one who respects life from inception to a natural death.

A successful SFXP student is committed to service for others. He or she values service to the community and is able to put others before self.

A successful SFXP student is well-rounded. He or she wants to be a part in the lifeblood of the school, its programs, and its opportunities.

Course of Studies

Grades Five and Six

Grade 5

Religion (God’s Word, God’s Presence, Sacraments):

The students explore the essence of Catholicism and study the lives of the saints. Students study the Mass, learning about the liturgy, its history, art, music, and its place in our lives today. The students study the seven sacraments, their history, symbolism, and importance. In addition, prayer, parables, and Church history are also studied.

Social Sciences/Geography: 

In this course, students study the principles of geography, map skills, graph and chart reading and interpretation, and the areas of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and a world overview. On-line map skill programs, integrated technology, and on-line textbook sources are incorporated.

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Grade 6

Religion (Old Testament):

In this course, the students are provided with an overview of the Old Testament. The narrative history of the Hebrew people is followed. The Torah, the Wisdom Books, the Prophetic Books, and the Historical Books are studied in order to examine God’s covenant with His people. These ancient scriptures are studied in the light of their relevance to our lives today and in their connection to the New Testament. The students continue to examine the lives of the many men and women who answered God’s call.

Social Studies:

General geographic information and map skills are reviewed in this course. Through various student generated projects, Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia are explored. Students study Asia, Ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, Africa, and the Americas. Students research and report on a modern country of choice (other than the United States) utilizing skills in source citation, bibliography writing, note taking, and primary and secondary source usage. Integrated technology and on-line textbook sources continue to be incorporated.

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Course of Studies

Grades Seven and Eight

Grade 7

Religion (New Testament):

This course focuses on the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) and continues to build upon the students’ understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Students focus on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as understood by the Roman Catholic Church. Within this context, students also learn more specifically about the Church’s social teachings in the hope that they will be able to apply their academic religious studies to their everyday lives as followers of Jesus Christ.

U.S. History I:

The seventh grade U.S. History course begins with prehistory and continues through the mid 1800’s. Students are introduced to the events, themes, and a basic understanding of the times. The Constitution and the United States government are studied along with current events and basic economics. The ability to express knowledge and opinion in a clear, concise manner, both verbally and in an intelligent essay is an integral part of class.

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Grade 8

Religion (Church History):

The curriculum focuses on the history of the Roman Catholic Church beginning with the founding of the Apostolic Church, and continuing to the present time. Students learn a theology of church and come to understand how the Church continues to develop under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Other Christian denominations are explored in order to investigate how they relate to the Roman Catholic Church. Lastly, students are introduced to the basic moral teachings of the Church as they apply to students of their age.

U.S. History II:

The eighth grade U.S. History course begins with the 1800’s and continues through the twentieth century, with particular attention paid to the Civil War and Reconstruction. The students continue to study the Constitution and the U.S. government, along with basic economics and current events.

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