About Xavier

An introduction

Xavier School (光啓学校) is a Jesuit Catholic college preparatory school with a distinct Chinese and Filipino character. Founded and managed by the Society of Jesus, the school is a K-12 school, offering a three-level curriculum: Early Education, Grade School, and High School.

Xavier School’s educational philosophy is based on the 400-year old tradition of Jesuit education: the formation of an individual who is a product of a liberal education, with a special concern for the development of personal discipline, a drive for the pursuit of academic excellence, and a commitment to service.

Combining the best of tradition with innovation, Xavier School has launched new programs to promote its thrusts of Innovation, Internationalization, and Information Technology.

Among its pioneering efforts are the six-week China Overseas Programs, One2One student-centered learning, technology-enhanced instruction, to mention a few.

In its pursuit of excellence, Xavier School benchmarks its standards locally with the Jesuit Basic Education Commission, and internationally, through Singapore’s International Primary School Leaving Examination (iPSLE), the US College Board’s Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), and Beijing’s Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试 / HSK).

Xavier School is PAASCU Level 3 Certified, the highest accreditation given by the Philippine Association of Accrediting Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) to basic education institutions.

Xavier School is also an IB World School, authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), a rigorous and innovative academic program recognized by universities worldwide.

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Xavier School is a Jesuit Catholic college preparatory school with a distinct Chinese and Filipino character.

Xavier School is a JESUIT BASIC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION founded, owned, and managed by the Society of Jesus.

By its very nature, Xavier School is a COLLEGE PREPARATORY school which offers a three-level curriculum: Early Education, Grade School, and High School.

As a Jesuit academic institution, its basic educational philosophy is based on the principle and tenets of the Ratio Studiorum and the 400-year old tradition of Jesuit education: the formation of an individual who is a product of a truly liberal education, with a special concern for the development of personal discipline, and a drive for the pursuit of academic excellence.

Moreover, Xavier School subscribes to the Ignatian philosophy of “Formation for Mission” —a formation based on a deep experience of God’s love that leads to a personal conversion and a commitment to Christ’s mission. This is a process that enables the person to appreciate his God-given gifts, develop them in order to use them in the service of others.

As a Jesuit school, Xavier seeks to promote the Jesuit concerns of “serving the faith which does justice manifesting a special concern for the poor, and seeking to form men and women for others.”

From its very beginnings, Xavier School has always been a missionary school for the CHINESE FILIPINOS.

Xavier is one of three Chinese-Filipino schools established in the Philippines by Jesuit missionaries who were expelled from China in the 1950s.  Its special mission to the Chinese-Filipino community is to be a bridge in the following senses:

Evangelization – To be a bridge between Christ and the Chinese Filipinos so that they will know Him, love Him, and follow Him in their lives.  The challenge today goes beyond baptizing Chinese Filipinos to encouraging them to practice their faith both sacramentally and morally.

Integration – To build a bridge between the Chinese Filipinos and the Filipinos:  to be a center of dialogue between the Christian and non-Christian faith, and the Filipino, Chinese, and western cultural traditions—hence, to serve as an instrument for the integration of the Chinese-Filipino into the life of the Filipino nation.  Today, however, most Chinese Filipinos have been integrated into Philippine society.  The challenge we face is how to re-integrate our students to their Chinese heritage, especially given the growing importance of China in the world.

Innovation – “To build the bridge when we get there:” to form innovative leaders who can face the rapid changes and the radical challenges of the 21st century.  At a time when new problems have no ready formulaic solutions, we need to prepare our students for “out-of-the-box” creative thinking.  This task becomes even more important given the significant role played by the Chinese-Filipino community in the country.

Xavier School is a CATHOLIC SCHOOL whose educational program is animated by Catholic belief and doctrine.

Its religious practices, liturgies and acts of worship are Catholic: the values it promotes are Catholic in orientation.  It cultivates in its students, faculty, and staff a lively response of faith to the person of Jesus Christ, as members of different faith communities in school, at home, or within the larger ecclesial community which is the Catholic Church.

Finally, Xavier school is a FILIPINO SCHOOL.

Xavier School offers a program of studies approved, sanctioned, and endorsed by the Philippine government. Its program seeks to promote and foster in its students a healthy nationalism, an appreciation of their Filipino cultural heritage, and a consciousness and commitment to their responsibilities as citizens of the Republic of the Philippines.

What's so special about Xavier School?

The following video was produced in 2002 to help the community understand the uniqueness of Xavier School.

 

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