St. Francis Xavier School

Tel: (215)763-6564
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 historic town.
This unique influence complements its rural traditions.
Like our Parish, our students come from diverse backgrounds.
We continue to prepare the children to face the challenges inherent in any modern day society.
The parents, faculty, staff, administrators, and students are united by a common spirit.
St. Francis Xavier School was established in 1877.
The 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When they were withdrawn in 1920, the Sisters of Mercy were invited to staff St. Francis Xavier School.
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.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other school association(s)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 9

Student Body

Total Students 249 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 55%
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade St. Francis Xavier School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 24:1
National avg.: 13:1

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Philadelphia Mennonite High School (PMHS) (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Girard College (0.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Montessori Genesis II School (0.9 miles away)
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  • Philadelphia Philadelphia Mennonite High School (PMHS)
    (Mennonite)
    860 N 24th Street
    Philadelphia , PA , 19130
    (215)769-5363
    (Mennonite)
    0.3  mi  |  86  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Philadelphia
    Girard College    
    (Nonsectarians)
    2101 S College Ave
    Philadelphia , PA , 19121
    (215)787-2616
    (Nonsectarians)
    0.5  mi  |  589  students  |  Gr.  1-12
  • Philadelphia
    The Caring Center
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Nonsectarians)
    3101 Spring Garden St
    Philadelphia , PA , 19104
    (215)386-8245
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Nonsectarians)
    0.6  mi  |  180  students  |  Gr.  K
  • Philadelphia
    Celestial Christian Community
    Special Education School (Christian)
    2534 W Thompson St
    Philadelphia , PA , 19121
    (215)235-0353
    Special Education School (Christian)
    0.6  mi  |  30  students  |  Gr.  K-8
  • Philadelphia
    John W Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School
    All-girls  (Roman Catholic)
    311 N 19th Street
    Philadelphia , PA , 19103
    (215)563-8930
    All-girls  (Roman Catholic)
    0.6  mi  |  629  students  |  Gr.  9-12

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