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Notes for Prospective Students
St. Francis Xavier School, a K-8 rural school of approximately two
hundred eighty-five students, is located in Gettysburg, PA.
Although a small community, Gettysburg is both a college and a
This unique influence complements its rural
Like our Parish, our students come from diverse
We continue to prepare the children to face the
challenges inherent in any modern day society.
faculty, staff, administrators, and students are united by a common
St. Francis Xavier School was established in 1877.
Sisters of Charity, Emmitsburg, MD, were the first group of
Religious women to teach at the school.
When they were withdrawn in
1920, the Sisters of Mercy were invited to staff St. Francis Xavier
The Mercy charism continues today to celebrate the Catholic
faith, transmit the gospel values and, in partnership with parents,
faculty, and the community, prepare the students to face the future
with Christian insight.
In 1994, the Sisters of St. Joseph were
invited to join the parish community and assist in ministering to
the people of God.
In 2002-2003, we proudly celebrated 125 years of
teaching minds and hearts.
Our motto has been taken from the works
of St. Francis Xavier: "Educate them in the Christian Way of Life."
To this day, we strive to follow this worthy maxim.