St. Francis Xavier School

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When they were withdrawn in 1920, the Sisters of Mercy were invited to staff St. Francis Xavier School.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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Students220 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
37%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade St. Francis Xavier School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio17:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

School Notes

  • 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.
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