Principal’s Welcome

ProspectiveStudentEmail_TomKeatingWelcome to Xavier High School. We are happy that you are visiting our website. We hope you find it informative and easy to use.

Xavier High School is part of the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Dubuque. We serve the educational needs of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area and we are supported by 11 local parishes.

The Mission of Xavier High School is to “develop the total person in a Catholic environment.” To that end, our administration, faculty and staff are deeply committed to helping our young people grow in an atmosphere that stresses the presence of God so they may develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. With a school of just over 700 students, we are able to do this in a personal way. We know our students and our students’ families. The partnership between home and school is one of the great strengths of Xavier High School.

Xavier offers parents a school where students are encouraged and guided to explore, deepen and share their faith. Through prayer, liturgy, reconciliation, retreats, faith groups, service work and theology classes, students are provided with many opportunities to do just that. Students are encouraged to become actively involved in the planning of many of these opportunities through our campus ministry program.

Xavier offers a challenging curriculum designed to prepare students for life after high school. Ninety-six percent of our students go on to post-secondary education. Our curriculum provides the preparation those students, as well as those who will enter the work force or serve in a branch of the military, will need to succeed. Our A.P. and advanced college credit programs challenge our students at high levels. Our resource program provides the support that some who struggle academically need in order to succeed. We think it’s a great combination.

The Xavier activities programs give students a chance to showcase their special gifts outside the classroom. Our music, speech, dance, visual arts and athletics programs have enjoyed outstanding success since opening in 1998. We offer just about everything schools twice our size offer. Because of our enrollment, a higher percentage of our students are able to participate in our activities programs than in most 4A schools. Our size also encourages students to be involved in more than one area of our activities programs. Football players are in show choir, volleyball players are in the band, etc. This dynamic helps promote a wonderful sense of community in our school.

While this information may be just a snapshot of who we are, we hope we’ve piqued your interest to look further into your student’s future as a Saint at Xavier High School.

God bless.


Tom Keating, Principal