St. Xavier's Collegiate School (informally SXCS) is a boys-only independent day school in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was founded in 1860 by the Jesuits and it is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit saint of the 16th century, who travelled to India. The school completed its Sesquicentennial year of existence, in 2010.
The school houses roughly 2300 pupils aged 5 to 18. Admission to the school is based on a form shortlist and an interview. Every year in April, the school admits pupils aged 5 in Preparatory and aged 6 in Grade 1. SXCS pupils take the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education in tenth and twelfth Grades. Pupils are offered a choice between Humanities, Commerce or Science subjects in eleventh and twelfth grades. The school previously offered the Madhyamik but it does not offer it anymore because of the diminishing popularity of the Madhyamik among pupils. Many of the school's pupils are children of alumni.
The School, whose alumni range from the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore to the former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, is considered to be one of India's best schools.
- Day School
- Boys Only
- School provides transportation
The school was founded in 1860 by the Jesuits, an all-male Catholic religious order formed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The school is named after Francis Xavier, the 16th century Spanish Jesuit saint. The founder of the school is Fr. Henri Depelchin . He had overseen most of the ground work, during the foundation years
San Souci Theatre
30 Park Street (now Mother Teresa Sarani), Kolkata-700016, was where the San Souci theatre was located, before 1843. A fire broke out in 1843, leaving nothing but ashes. This same address was later bought by 7 Jesuits, who had arrived from Belgium. It is here, that the present day campus stands tall.
The present 30, Park Street address where the school is situated, is an amalgamation of numbers 10 and 11 of Park Street. Premise number 11, was bought for Rs 45,000.00, by Fr. Depelchen. These funds were made possible with the generous donations of the Anglo-Indians and with help from the home Province of Belgium. Park street is located in the heart of Kolkata and is a landmark street in the city, a melting pot of its diverse cultural, culinary, social and intellectual milieu.
The very first class had as few as 40 students. Today, it has more than 2300 students
However there was a paucity of funds for expansion work in terms of class rooms and to accommodate the Jesuits fathers. So The Rector appealed to the public of Calcutta in newspapers for generous assistance and was responded with magnanimity by well wishers of the city in 1864. Besides Fr Depelchin and his assistant and Br. Koppes the builder went around personally collecting funds. The present imposing 5 storied building was built in an interval of 6 years, from 1934 to 1940 at a cost of Rs 9 lakhs, which was collected partly from the public of Calcutta, assistance from Belgium, and the huge rental received from the American army that occupied the building during the second war. Expansion of the school has been a ceaseless effort, with a campus slated to come up in Salt Lake City, Kolkata and a second boys' hostel not far away from the existing one.
- Grades: Nursery, 1-12
- School Day: 5 Days
- Timing: 9:00 Am To 3:00 Pm
- Gender: Boys Only
- Religion: All
- Principal: Fr. B. Thomas SJ
- Acronym: s.x.c.s
- Curriculum: ICSE
- Language: English
- Fees: N.A.
There are two school buildings separated by a street, one for the Primary School (grades K - 5) and the other for the Secondary School (grades 6 - 12). The secondary school building shares the campus with the St. Xavier's College building and one of the college hostels. The two institutions were established by the same Christian order, but have independent administrations.
Extra Curricular Activities
Students may choose to follow either the ICSE or Madhyamik curriculum till class 10. In classes 11 and 12, however, they must follow the ISC curriculum, but may choose to study Science (Physics, Chemistry, Math’s and Biology/Computer Science), Commerce (Commerce, Accounts, Economics and Math’s), or Humanities (Sociology, History, Political Science with Math’s). An Indian Language is optional in classes 11 and 12