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Saint Xavier Building New Achievement Center

Saint Xavier High School is pleased to announce that it is dedicating significant space to its learning differences program within the current Callahan Center renovation project. The W. Kip & Joni Viscusi Achievement Center was funded through the Viscusi family’s $250,000 donation to the X Effect Campaign. The 2,500-square-foot achievement center will offer a comprehensive program designed to support students with documented learning differences.

W. Kip Viscusi, St. X Class of 1967, is the University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management at Vanderbilt University. “Joni and I are honored to help St. X provide such a unique facility tailored to meet the needs of its students with learning differences,” said Viscusi. “We make this investment in the school’s mission and to ensure the Xaverian Brothers tradition of excellence in education continues for generations.”

The Viscusi Center will open in August and some of the features will include academic achievement and enrichment through extended day programs, tutoring with peers, ample time for testing, standardized educational testing, individual attention, and separate testing rooms.

St. X announced last week that it has hired Tony Kemper and Christina King as directors of the Viscusi Center. Their extensive knowledge in the learning differences field will further enhance the school’s ability to support a growing population of student learners. In the 2020-21 academic year, nearly 300 students at St. X have a documented learning difference. “We want to do everything in our power to meet students where they are. Our students with learning differences are in every academic level at St. X, and they have unique needs,” said St. X Principal Amy Sample. “This center will give us the dedicated space to teach students skills and how to advocate for themselves. When they walk across that stage at graduation, they will be prepared for life beyond St. X. To have Christina and Tony as the directors is beyond what I could have imagined.”

The X Effect Campaign was publically announced in the fall of 2019 and is the most extensive fundraising campaign in school history. The $51 million effort to support critical priorities of renovating the Callahan Media Center, building the Sangalli Interactive Learning Center, expand endowed scholarships for academic opportunity and excellence, and grow annual support and planned gifts to the school. To date, the campaign sits at nearly $47 million in gifts and pledges.

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