St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata is an all-boys’ day school affiliated with the Council for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (CICSE), New Delhi. The school was established in 1860 by the missionaries of the Society of Jesus and named after St. Francis Xavier.
The school’s alumni include Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly. The school has been described by British writer Dennison Berwick as the “Harrow on the Hooghly”.
St. Xavier’s Collegiate School is the one of the very few schools in India that hosts two annual international student exchange programmes with reputed Irish and Chinese education institutions.
There are two school buildings at St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata separated by a street, one for the primary school (grades K – V) and the other for the secondary school (grades VI – XII). The secondary school building shares the campus with the St. Xavier’s College building and one of the college hostels.
St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata is affiliated with CISCE (which conducts the ICSE and ISC exams in grades X and XII) as well as the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (which holds the Madhyamik exams after grade X). Students are given a choice of following either of the two boards up to class 10 or follow the Indian Council’s board for classes XI and XII. However, fewer students opt for the West Bengal board and classes are held only for the ICSE and ISC boards for the XI and XII standard.
St. Xavier’s Collegiate School also has many active clubs such as the computer club, nature club, Sanskriti (Bengali cultural club), leadership training service, Christian life community, debate club and film club to foster leadership qualities in the students.
Rev. Dr. M. Thamacin Arulappan (principal)
Application forms for class I at St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata are issued at the Primary Section, 12-A Wood Street, between 9.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m., in October. The cost of application form is Rs 200. Birth Certificate of the candidate must be shown at the counter while collecting the application form.
St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata is ranked #4 among boys day schools in India by the EducationWorld India School Rankings 2020-21.
The school is the one of the very few schools in India to host two annual international student exchange programmes.
Being a day school, St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata does not provide hostel facility to its students.