Xavier High School, Micronesia

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THE SCHOOL & COMMUNITY

The former Japanese communication center is now the main building housing the administration, teachers' offices, study hall, gym, maintenance facilities, dining areas, infirmary, faculty lounge,

Located in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Xavier High School serves students from the island nations of the FSM, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau, located in the northern Pacific Ocean. Government of these islands, once incorporated as the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, was administered by the United States from the end of World War II until the 1980s, when the island groups separated to form sovereign nations. These nations maintain strong economic and political ties to the U.S. through their Compacts of Free Association. The young men and women who compose the student body share the ethnic label Pacific Islander, but have richly different cultural and economic backgrounds.

Xavier High School is a Catholic high school enrolling 170 students in grades nine through twelve. The school has been operated by the Jesuits of Micronesia since 1952. The administrative offices, teachers’ offices, faculty and student dining rooms, computer and media rooms, and a gym are housed in a former Japanese communications center dating to pre-WWII. Male students board in a dormitory at the school; female students live with local host families. English, the second language of most students, is the language of instruction at the school. The annual tuition is $1,300, to which most students’ families must add several hundred dollars for air transportation. The Jesuits of Micronesia, the FSM National Government, and other donors subsidize the cost of students’ education: about $3,400 per student, annually.

A few of the new chapel amidst traditional huts built by the students.

The academic program is organized on a traditional daily schedule. A maximum load is 3.5 credits per semester with students carrying six 50-minute classes. Students meet six class periods daily on a six-day cycle. All students enroll in a college-preparatory course sequence. No courses are designated as “Honors.” A minimum of 25 credits, including 4 years of English Skills, Mathematics and Religion, is required for graduation.

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