Xaverian Brothers High School isn’t what it used to be. For the first time in more than 50 years, the all-male Catholic prep school has expanded to include a new middle-grades program, adding young adolescents to the mix on its Westwood campus.
The school accepted its first seventh-grade class this year, under a plan to phase in the seventh- and eighth-grade program over two years.
In reaching down to the middle grades, Xaverian Brothers is embracing a model that is becoming more common among Catholic independent high schools. By this time next year, St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers will introduce a sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade program. St. Mary’s High School, in Lynn, added a sixth grade to its program three years ago.