Class of 2025: Start Your X-Perience!
Welcome, prospective students, to the start of your St. Xavier journey. The Office of Enrollment is excited and ready to assist you and your family as you work through the process of making your high school decision. We believe strongly in our mission and look forward to discussing the St. Xavier Advantage.
The St. Xavier Enrollment Team
Please join us for one of the following X-Periences...
Please drop in for a conversation with a member of our student team.
- 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Every Monday
- October 5 - November 30
Links will be emailed every Monday. To make sure you are subscribed, eighth graders should start their application. Younger students interested in St. Xavier High School should complete this inquiry form.
Admissions Process Information
- Decision Notification
- High School Placement Test (Cancelled)
- Informational Podcasts
- Key Dates
- Registration Deadline
- Release of Records Request Form
- Tuition & Assistance
- Virtual Events Archive
- Wednesday Information Nights
- X-perience Days (Register TODAY!)
- X-perience Nights
What kind of admissions criteria does St. Xavier use?
There is no simple formula for gaining admission to St. Xavier. Typically, St. Xavier looks at young men who are A/B students and score well on standardized testing (usually in the top 30%). While strong academic achievement is very important, St. Xavier also looks closely at extracurricular involvement, community service, and other leadership opportunities. In addition, the admission committee relies on teacher recommendations to get the fullest possible view of the student.
How many students take the entrance test? (Does not apply to Class of 2025)
While the number varies from year to year, St. Xavier receives about 1,000 test scores. Of those students over 750 typically will complete the full application process.
How many students are admitted?
This number varies from year to year, depending on the number of applicants. As a general guideline, St. Xavier admits about 55 to 60% of those students who apply. Those students who are accepted generally enroll at a rate of about 75%.
What entrance test do you give? (Does not apply to Class of 2025)
The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is the standardized test that the archdiocese uses for placement in many high schools and entrance for St. Xavier. The HSPT practice test book can be found in most major book sellers.
How does a student report his test scores? (Does not apply to Class of 2025)
All students who take the HSPT will have the option to send their scores to three schools. They merely need bubble in the correct school codes (which will be given to them on the day of the test), and the scores will be sent to the appropriate location. If a student wants a fourth school to have his scores, the family must contact the Catholic Schools Office at the Archdiocese, and the CSO will then have to request the scores from the testing service.
Is there a minimum test score that students must achieve? (Does not apply to Class of 2025)
While there is no definitive minimum, the school feels that students who have scored at the 70th percentile or higher on the HSPT have the best chance of succeeding at St. Xavier.
How important is legacy in gaining admittance to St. X?
Legacy is only one of the criteria used in the application process. All legacy students must meet the same admissions standards as non-legacy applicants. While 48% of our student body have legacy, only half of these students were admitted using their legacy status.
What grades does a student need to be considered for admittance?
In general the admissions committee wants to see students who achieve A’s and B’s while recognizing that each grade school varies in grading policies. Students with limited C marks still have the opportunity for acceptance.
Can students transfer high school credits accumulated from grade school?
Yes. Students can test into higher levels of math and foreign language in the spring before their freshmen year.
Can a student transfer to St. X?
Yes. Each year St. Xavier welcomes transfer applicants. Students who would like to transfer to St. Xavier can complete the online application or contact the enrollment office any time throughout the year. The school will render a decision within two weeks of receiving the completed materials.
What is the tuition?
All information can be found in the "Tuition & Assistance" tab above.
What scholarship opportunities are there for students?
The top 20 test takers will receive a $2,500 scholarship for one year. The Miguel Pro Scholarship is one-year scholarship awarded to one incoming freshman who takes the entrance exam, demonstrates financial need, is of Hispanic descent and completes an essay explaining why he desires to attend St. Xavier High School. All other tuition assistance is need-based.
Does St. X offer financial aid?
For the 2019-20 school year St. Xavier disbursed 4.6 million dollars for tuition assistance. Nearly 45% of the student body receives tuition assistance, with an average gift of approximately $6,000.
Visiting St. Xavier
How do I set up a shadowing day? (Does not apply to Class of 2025)
Shadowing can be set up online by going to the clicking the "X-Perience Day" tab above. Prospective families will be asked to set up an account and then enter the shadowing portal.
How long does shadowing last? (Does not apply to Class of 2025)
A shadowing day lasts the majority of an entire school day. We ask that students arrive by 7:45 a.m., 15 minutes before classes begin. They will remain with their ambassador or admissions representative for most of the school day and be dismissed at 2:30 p.m.
Where does a student get dropped off and picked up for shadowing?
Students need to be dropped off at the main entrance (the doors behind the statue of St. Francis Xavier). An admissions representative will meet the prospective student and his family there. The easiest place to pick up students is at that location as well.
What are X-perience Nights and do I need to make a reservation for them?
X-perience Nights are a great opportunity for prospective families to learn more intimately about the characteristics that make St. Xavier a unique high school. The evening is intimate and designed to help parents and students determine whether St. Xavier is the "best fit."
Why don't St. Xavier coaches call and/or approach my son about attending St. X to play sports?
According to by-law 4-9-1 of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), "A student is considered a prospective athlete after enrolling in the seventh grade... any attempt to recruit a prospective student-athlete for athletic purposes shall be strictly prohibited."
St. Xavier strictly follows OHSAA Guidelines, therefore, St. Xavier coaches will never:
- Meet in a private home with a student-athlete.
- Initiate contact with a student athlete to encourage them to attend St. Xavier solely for athletics.
- Call/text/email/tweet/Facebook prospective students to talk about our athletic programs.
- Call/text/email/tweet/Facebook prospective students to encourage them to attend an open house.
- Give tickets or special seating arrangements to prospective students for an athletic contest.
- Write a prospective student a letter or email with a focus on athletics.
- Follow up with a prospective student even after he has visited the school.
- Give a tour of the school on a "shadow day".
- Promise financial assistance, playing time and/or position on an athletic team.
- Give a prospective student a personal workout in the weight room, fields, or gymnasium.
- Have former players or current players call, text, or email a potential student-athlete.
- Recognize a student-athlete for his athletic accomplishments during halftime of a game.
- Promise a prospective student anything or speak to how the student would fit into our athletic program.
- Give gifts of any kind.
Accordingly, St. Xavier coaches are permitted to:
- Speak with a student about our athletic programs on a day they “shadow.” For example, this is how we train or this is the type offense we run.
- Focus on St Xavier as a "whole" and not just athletics when speaking to prospective students.
- Encourage a student-athlete who initiates contact with them to contact the Office of Enrollment for more information or to register for a "shadow day".
- Coaches may engage with students at our Open House.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Does St. X provide accommodations for students with disabilities?
Yes. St. X provides many general accommodations such as, but not limited to, extended time (1.5 times), preferential seating, audio books, tests read, etc.
Does St. X provide curriculum modifications for students with disabilities?
No. St X does not modify any classroom material. All students will have the same expectations in the classroom and be required to complete the same curriculum.
What Documentation is needed in order to receive accommodations?
In order to receive accommodations at St. X, we would require any documentation of the disability from grade school, which may include a current Accommodation Plan, 504 Plan, IEP, ISP or ETR. We generally also look for a Psycho-Educational evaluation, no more than 3 years old. For some disabilities we will also ask for a doctor’s note. (However, unless it’s a medical disability, usually more than a doctor’s note is required)
Does St. X take the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship or the Autism Scholarship?
Yes. St. X is a Peterson and Autism Provider. In order to qualify for the Peterson or Autism Scholarship your son must have a current ETR that identifies him as qualifying for specialized instruction by an Intervention Specialist, Speech and Language Therapist, etc. Please note: St. X does not use the scholarship money to pay down tuition, it is used to bring services into the building for the students.
Does St. X have a support program for students on IEPs or ISPs?
Yes. St. X has a program called Educational Support. Your son will receive support during a class period in which his IEP goals and objectives will be addressed. Ed Support is staffed by certified Intervention Specialists and a Certified Speech and Language Therapist. There is no additional cost for this service.
My student has a medical condition, should I let St. X know?
Yes. Some students with medical conditions, such as diabetes or Crohn’s, may need accommodations as well. The following accommodations are provided for many with medical conditions: stop the clock testing, drink/food in classroom, access to restroom when needed, etc. For this disability we would ask for a doctor’s letter to verify the needs.
How do I inform St. X that my son has a disability that needs accommodations and/or specialized services?
The first place to indicate the need for accommodations or specialized services is on your son’s application. There is a section that asks if he has a disability. To this question, please answer Yes (even if he has a medical need) and fill in what he has with additional narrative comments as needed. This does not affect his application in any way other than to alert St. X to your son’s needs allowing us to better serve him.
Who do I contact should I have questions about accommodations?
Should you have further questions regarding accommodations or services provided, please contact Mrs. Michelle Yauss, Director of Intervention Services. 513-761-7815 ext 309. Email address: email@example.com She will typically respond quicker to an email than a voicemail.
What is the average class size?
The average class is 25 students. The highest number of students in any class in recent school years was 30; many classes have fewer than 10.
What is the student/teacher ratio?
What are the required freshman courses?
Freshmen are required to take the following full year courses: Algebra I or II; freshmen English; a world language (Chinese, French, German, Latin, or Spanish); World Cultures; Biology and Scriptures. In addition, students will take one semester of Oral Communications/Information Processing, and a fine art.
Is there a bus service?
Ten local school districts transport students to St. X in addition to a private bus serving students in Mason, Fairfield, West Chester and Liberty Township. Five Metro bus routes also serve St. Xavier. Further information can be obtained in the Assistant Principal’s office.
What percentage of the student body is diverse?
The school has an 20% diverse enrollment.
How successful are St. X students in gaining admission to college?
Virtually 100% of our students enroll in four year colleges. For the class of 2016, 78% received $54,000,000 dollars in scholarships and averaging $177,000 per graduate; 80% of graduates in the Class of 2016 were admitted into their first-choice college/university.
Is St. Xavier religiously diverse?
Approximately 77% of St. Xavier’s students are Roman Catholic, 15% identify themselves as Christian, and under 3% are Hindu, Muslim, or Jewish.
What are the religion requirements?
The religious education program is a four year program. Students will take one year each of Scriptures, Faith and Sacraments, and Morality and Justice. Seniors have a variety of electives from which to choose.
Is Mass offered regularly?
Mass is offered daily in the morning and at the beginning of the student lunch period. Over the course of the school year there are also six all-school masses and services.
What is the attrition rate?
Over the course of four years, a class will lose about 6% of its population: 3% between freshman and sophomore years; 2% between sophomore and junior; and 1% between junior and senior.
Do you require community service?
No. Community service is not required at St. X although 85% of our students voluntarily participate in service activities.
How old is St. Xavier? How many alumni are there?
St. Xavier was founded in 1831 at the 7th and Sycamore Street site and has been at the Finneytown campus since 1960. St. Xavier has more than 18,000 living alumni in every state in the United States and abroad.
How many faculty members have advanced degrees?
86% have a masters degree or higher.
7/15/20: Message from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Due to the concerns of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of future restrictions placed upon our schools and communities by governing stakeholders, the 2020 high school entrance and placement test will be waived this year for current eighth graders and will not be offered. Eighth grade student records will be requested to be sent to designated high school(s) by December 1, 2020 so time and consideration may be taken to place students appropriately for the 2021-2022 school year. Scholarship criteria will be developed by each high school along with financial aid offerings and published on their websites by September 30.
- X-Perience Days: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29
- X-Perience Nights: 6, 22, 27
- X-Perience Days: 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
- Open House: Nov 12 - St. Xavier High School, 6 - 8 p.m.
- Open House: Nov 15 - St. Xavier High School, 1 - 4 p.m.
- X-Perience Nights: 5, 10, 19
- X-Perience Days: 1, 2, 8, 9
- X-Perience Nights: 1 and 10
- 1: Class of 2025 Tuition Assistance Application Priority Deadline*
Although the official deadline for financial aid submission for the Class of 2025 is December 1, 2020, you can still apply for aid after this date. When applying for financial aid before the deadline, you are assured of receiving your financial aid evaluation and award amount at the same time you would receive your decision letter in January. We cannot guarantee that if you apply later than December 1, 2020 that we will have had sufficient time to evaluate your aid application in time to include it with your letter, should your son be accepted to St. Xavier High School. If it is not included with that letter and your son is accepted for admission, we will notify you as soon as the application has been evaluated and an amount has been awarded.
- 1: Class of 2025 Application Priority Deadline
- 13: Class of 2025 Notification Letters Mailed / Email Notification
- 20: Class of 2025 All Admitted Night Reception
- 27: Class of 2025 Xavier House Reception
- 29: Class of 2025 Registration Deadline
- 27: Class of 2025 Math Placement Exam (mandatory), World Language Placement Exam (optional)
Registration deadline for accepted students will be Friday, January 29, 2021. In order to enroll at St. Xavier students must finish the following three steps by January 29, 2021:
- Submit a deposit of $650.00
- Submit a copy of the student's birth certificate
- Complete and submit student information forms
The form will be available the middle of august
The primary consideration for admission to St. Xavier High School is the prospective student's academic ability as measured by the High School Placement Test and the candidate's prior academic record. Generally, the decision to admit eighth-grade applicants is based on:
- Above average grades (generally all A's and B's)
- Exceptional recommendations from an English and math teacher, and a teacher of your choice
- High national standardized test scores
- Co-curricular involvement
Please submit the Release of Records Request to your school. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 513.618.3258. Students from parochial schools will receive their records request form from their current grade school principal.
Grandsons, sons, and brothers of St. Xavier alumni and brothers of current St. Xavier students may be given special consideration. To promote diversity, special consideration may be given to members of groups not traditionally represented at St. Xavier. The admission of any student is solely at the discretion of St. Xavier, and these considerations may be modified from time to time without notice.
click here to apply for financial aid by completing and filing your FACTS Management Company application online. St. Xavier High School's ID number for FACTS is 16693.
A St. Xavier High School education is a priceless investment in a young man's future. St. X wants to enable every deserving young man -- regardless of financial circumstance -- the opportunity to receive a St. Xavier education. For the 2019-20 school year, around 49% of students are receiving some amount of tuition assistance. The average amount granted is approximately $6,500. An additional $1.5 million is awarded annually to St. Xavier families through the State of Ohio’s EdChoice program.
As requests for assistance exceed the amount available ($4.6 million for 2019-20) it is necessary to establish policies and procedures for distributing tuition assistance grants to ensure consistency and fairness. FACTS Management Company (FACTS) is used as an objective evaluator and interpreter of financial need based on criteria applied to data submitted by the financial aid applicants.
Although each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and consideration is given to any special family circumstances, grants are mainly determined based on family financial resources and the number of children attending schools that charge tuition. Families who qualify for EdChoice are required to apply for EdChoice before any financial aid is offered through St. Xavier High School.
Applications that show a clear need for an amount of aid based on the FACTS calculation, which considers income and other resources, will be awarded according to the FACTS recommendation (or amount requested, if less). Those who clearly do not qualify will be listed as “denied." Reconsiderations will be reviewed and awarded if funds remain in the budget after all applications have been reviewed.
Families must reapply annually for financial aid and those receiving EdChoice must renew their EdChoice grant each year.
For more information regarding Tuition Assistance, please contact Kathy Raffenberg in the Business Office at 513.761.7815 ext. 132 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for more information regarding the EdChoice Voucher.
Tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $16,120.
There are 3 payment options:
- Payment-in-full due July 2020.
- Quarterly payments due July 2020, September 2020, November 2020 and January 2021.
- Monthly (10 payments) due July 2020 through April 2021.
All payments are done through FACTS, our tuition management company. Quarterly or monthly plans pay a $40 FACTS enrollment fee and must be set up as an ACH from a bank account or credit card (credit cards incur a 2.85% service fee). Parents / Guardians will be assigned a FACTS account upon enrollment. For assistance with your account, please call FACTS at 1.866.441.4637.
***St. Francis Xavier Award of Xcellence***
Traditionally, St. Xavier High School has recognized academic competence with financial awards for incoming freshman, based on outstanding performance on the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Since the HSPT is not taking place this year, and, with our commitment to being to open to growth, we have decided to expand our recognition of excellence.
For the class of 2025, St. Xavier High School is pleased to announce the creation of the St. Francis Xavier Xcellence Award. These scholarships will be awarded to incoming freshmen who exemplify the school’s “Graduate at Graduation” qualities: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving and Committed to Doing Justice (you can read more about our educational mission at https://www.stxavier.org/about/mission-beliefs/graduate-at-graduation.) To be clear, these are not and cannot be athletic scholarships. According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association, “Activities that are not permissible and shall be considered recruiting include…providing financial aid based on athletic ability.” While leadership or activity in athletics can be a factor in determining these awards, athletic ability will not be.
Xcellence Award recipients will be awarded up to $3,000 toward their 2021 – 2022 tuition. The awards will be determined by a student’s complete application and through an essay and interview. The writing prompt will be published on November 1st, and the student essay response will be due on December 1st. Winners of the St. Xavier Award of Xcellence will be notified January 13, 2021.
Freshman Fees | $229
Registration, Freshman House, ID, Lock, Retreat, Science Lab, & Fine Arts
Sophomore Fees | $120
ID, Science Lab, Retreat, & Health Class
Junior Fees | $300
ID, Science Lab, Overnight Retreat & Religion Materials
Senior Fees | $424
ID, Science Lab, Kairos, Graduation & Transcripts
Other Possible Fees
- Visual Arts Class Fee (Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors, ONLY if registered for class) | $35
- Replacement ID Card | $10
- Locker Lock | $6
Note: Parking and other incidental fees will be paid, if and when incurred, through Ticketracker.
EdChoice Voucher Eligibility For The Class Of 2024
The State of Ohio provides $6,000 state-funded scholarships to students living in public school districts that the state has designated as low-performing. These scholarships may be used to attend private schools, including St. Xavier.
Eligibility is limited to 1) students who are currently living in a public school district designated as low-performing and 2) students currently enrolled in a public school who would be assigned to attend one of the public schools designated as low-performing in the upcoming school year.
Students, who are currently attending a private school with an EdChoice voucher and are assigned to a low-performing public school, can apply to transfer the voucher to St. Xavier.
The list of EdChoice-designated public schools can be found at http://EdChoice.ohio.gov.
From 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday, starting September 23 through December 9, families can join a virtual session to learn more about St. Xavier and its programs. Our first session will focus on a general overview of St. Xavier's mission, including the charisms that make a St. Xavier education unique. Please look for a link at the beginning of each week to join our sessions. Our schedule is as follows:
September 23 - Mission
September 30 - Academics
October 7 - Athletics
October 14 - Tuition Assistance
October 21 - Parent and Student Panel
October 28 - Fine Arts
November 4 - Co-curriculars
November 11 - Diversity and Inclusion
November 18 - Student Services
December 2 - Alumni Panel
December 9 - Spanish Language Presentation
X-Perience Days - Current 8th Graders
(Our new take on "Shadowing" for the 2020-2021 School Year)
Our brochure and website are great, but they only provide a quick snapshot of what our daily life is all about. The best way to know St. Xavier is to experience it in person with a member of our Ambassadors of Xcellence. Walk our campus, hear us pray together, and experience the freedom and choice our schedule provides. Our goal is for you to leave with a better understanding of the Jesuit spirit and enthusiasm at St. X and for you to begin to see the advantage of a St. Xavier education.
YOU MUST START THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO REGISTER FOR AN X-PERIENCE DAY - CLICK HERE TO BEGIN
For additional information about X-Perience DAYs, please contact Michael Dehring, in the Office of Enrollment, at email@example.com or 513.618.3226
X-Perience Day Dates for the 2020-2021 school year:
- October 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29
- November 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
- December 1, 2, 8, 9
- Please arrive no later than 8:15 a.m.
- An Enrollment Office member will be present to greet you at the main entrance starting at 8:05 a.m.
- All prospective students will:
- Have a chance to introduce themselves to members of the St. Xavier community
- Listen to members of the administration, the admissions team and current students
- Be given a tour of campus.
- The morning will conclude at 10:30 a.m.
- Nice casual is the general rule for St. Xavier dress standards.
- Dress pants with a collared shirt or polo shirt tucked in with a belt for boys
- No jeans, cargos, or sweatpants
- Students are to wear comfortable dress shoes or gym shoes.
- A mask must be worn at all times while on campus.
- Reservations are first come, first served and limited to 15 students.
- Temperatures and symptoms check will take place as visitors enter
- Proper social distancing will be in place throughout the visit
- Parents of prospective students will be in a separate room receiving an overview about the St. Xavier experience and principles that guide our mission. This will be led by an administrator. A tour of campus will also be provided. (This is OPTIONAL)
Inclement Weather / School Closure due to COVID
- In the event of inclement weather or a closure to school due to illness, the Office of Enrollment will contact you about rescheduling your visit.
We believe there is an advantage to attending St. Xavier, and this night is designed to introduce you to the unique characteristics which define our mission. Seventh and eighth grade students and parents are invited to attend.
Designed especially for those families who have difficulty attending an X-perience day, X-perience nights are similar to the day sessions and will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Families can attend any of the following evenings:
- Oct 6, 22, 27
- Nov 5, 10, 19
- Dec 1 and 10
Advanced registration is required. Limited seating will be provided to ensure social distancing. In order to register eighth graders should start their application. Younger students interested in St. Xavier High School should complete this inquiry form.
If you have any questions about X-perience Nights, please contact the Office of Enrollment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sr. Accountant of Tuition and Financial Aid, Euchre Club Moderator
School: 513.761.7815 ext. 132