Xavier became a partner when the school introduced a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that aims all students toward college.
Xavier offered a summer program for ninth graders, helped buy microscopes and calculators, paired Withrow teachers with math and science faculty, and worked on community service projects with Withrow students.
Rated in academic emergency when the new program started, the school leapt four levels to the state’s top level of excellent in 2004. Principal Sharon Johnson, a 2002 M.Ed. graduate, says it was a group effort that helped students meet state standards.