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.
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. In 2018, St. Margaret Primary School was added to our school to create one PreK-12 Cape Catholic school. 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.