Our philosophy is comprised of the fundamental beliefs that support our mission as a Catholic school: Our mission is to educate the whole person. Our curriculum aims at educating the whole person, that is, the spirit, mind and body. As the Congregation for Catholic Education states: The Catholic School is committed thus to the development of the whole person, since in Christ, the Perfect Man, all human values find their fulfillment and unity. Through Christian education, students grow in awareness of their individuality and develop their gifts and uniqueness in right relation to God, self and others.
in light of the Catholic Faith
and lead students
What greater work is there than training the mind and forming the habits of the young? — St. John Chrysostom
At Catholic schools [...] it is important that the introduction to the Catholic vision of the world and the practice of faith, as well as the integral Catholic formation of the personality be transmitted convincingly, not only during religion classes but indeed, throughout the school day and not the least through the teachers' personal witness. — Benedict XVI 
Understanding that Christ is the ultimate model for everyone in a Catholic school, as Catholic educators we seek to imitate Him by providing living examples of Catholic values, lifestyle and behavior for students. We show and foster understanding and reverence for the Sacraments, and we demonstrate kindness and Christian charity toward all students, both in and out of the classroom. We are committed to professional excellence and personal spiritual development, knowing that our development is crucial to how we lead and educate. Benedict XVI thus affirms: For education and Christian formation [...] it is above all prayer and our personal friendship with Jesus that are crucial: only those who know and love Jesus Christ can introduce their brothers and sisters into a living relationship with Him.  Students and parents respect St. Francis Xavier teachers as role models and knowledgeable instructors who are committed to the Catholic Faith and who have a genuine concern for children. Intelligence, creativity, responsibility, and loyalty are characteristics of the faculty.
to an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ
In his Encyclical on Christian Education of Youth, Pope Pius XI said: the work of Christian education [is] manifest and clear; for after all it aims at securing the Supreme Good, that is, God, for the souls of those who are being educated, and the maximum of well-being possible here below for human society. We believe that the teaching of sound Catholic doctrine leads to the development of a true conscience, and that each student, understanding the Faith, comes to live knowingly as a child of God. The purpose of our religious program and faith practices, which include daily prayer, weekly Mass, and monthly Confession, is to promote the growth of a genuine and personal relationship between students and Jesus Christ, helping one another to enter into a living relationship with Christ and with the Father,  as Benedict XVI teaches.
We provide a comprehensive educational program that promotes Christian values
including love of God and others, humility, gratitude, honesty, courage, peaceablility, self-discipline and moderation, fidelity, chastity, loyalty, dependability, respect, unselfishness, sensitivity, kindness, friendliness, justice and mercy. We challenge students to respond to the needs of the time and help them see the relevance of a Christian value system in their daily lives. Our students are taught absolutes, helping them to understand the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, virtue and vice, and how to make good choices.
We offer a core academic curricula to develop critical skills, abilities, and knowledge essential for success. We incorporate teaching and learning styles that effect positive and personalized learning, and stimulate a spirit of inquiry that fosters life-long learning. We provide a variety of educational experiences including art, music, technology, foreign language, drama, physical education, and woodworking. Students are encouraged to discover their own potential and reach that potential through hard work and academic commitment.
and personal responsibility
in a safe, structured, and Christ-centered environment
In a Catholic school, everyone should be aware of the living presence of Jesus the Master who, today as always, is with us in our journey through life as the one genuine Teacher, the perfect Man in whom all human values find their fullest perfection. The inspiration of Jesus must be translated from the ideal into the real. The Gospel spirit should be evident in a Christian way of thought and life which permeates all facets of the educational climate. Having crucifixes in the school will remind everyone, teachers and students alike, of this familiar and moving presence of Jesus the Master who gave His most complete and sublime teaching from the Cross. 
As a Christ-centered community we live with Christ, sharing our everyday life with Him. With Him at the center, the school represents a partnership among students, families, faculty, administration, pastor and staff. The school must be able to count on the unity of purpose and conviction of all its members.  We work to make our school accessible and affordable to as many children as possible.  We see the school community as an integral part of the parish and Church and a vital force in preparing future Church and civic leaders. Furthermore, [t]he very presence of the community of believers, its educational and cultural commitment, the message of faith, trust and love it bears are in fact an invaluable service to the common good and especially to the children and youth who are being trained and prepared for life.