The school was named after St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552), a Jesuit missionary. He is referred to as the Apostle of the Indies, and is the patron saint of navigation and the missions. He was born Francisco de Xavier near Sanguesa, Spain and was ordained a priest in 1537. As one of the greatest missionaries and explorers in the Far East, his converts numbered hundreds of thousands. Our school celebrates his feast day each year on the 3rd of December.
The school began in September 1990 in a temporary site. After two years, the staff and students moved into the permanent building. As part of the Dufferin Peel portable replacement plan, the school received a three floor, twenty-two room addition. The project was completed in June of 2001. Currently, the school is home to almost 2000 students with more than 100 instructional staff, support staff and a childcare centre.