Frances Xavier Warde School

  • The Frances Xavier Warde School is a Catholic elementary school in downtown Chicago that provides an academically excellent, values-oriented education to students of all ethnic, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in a child-centered urban environment.
  • As a keystone of its diverse community, The School provides need-based scholarships to 30 percent of its students, partners with its families, nurtures faith development for its Catholic students, and engages all students to learn about and respect other faith traditions.
  • FXW follows a rigorous curriculum that enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision-making skills and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world they will inherit.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1989

Student Body

Total Students993 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Frances Xavier Warde School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size22 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNov. 15 / Feb. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,050
Tuition NotesPreschool rates are dependent upon the number of days child attends & full or part time - details on school web site
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$5,600
Admissions DirectorSue Smeaton
Admissions AssociateVinkeia O'Neill


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballGolf,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Boy's Choir, Drama Troupe, Extended Day Program, Girls Choir, Student Council

Club or Organization:
Chess, Coding Club, Girl Scouts, Robotics

Arts and Music Programs:
Beginning Band

School Notes

In 1989, the late First Lady of Chicago Maggie Daley approached Father Jack Wall, pastor of Old St. Patrick`s church, with a bold vision. She wanted to create a school where children would receive an academically excellent education along with a foundation to guide them to become hardworking individuals equipped with a strong moral compass. A place where families would accept and embrace all faiths, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and everything that makes us unique. The boldest part of this mission would be that 30 percent of this School`s students would receive financial assistance and that the tuition would be kept as low as possible.

Father Wall gladly accepted the challenge and the two began a private search for a principal. Sister Mary Ellen Caron was FXW`s first principal and came to the table with fresh ideas and an immediate passion for building such a school. So, with just a few families behind them, they opened the doors to their first classrooms, which were located inside Presidential Towers in the West Loop.

Thirty years later, FXW has grown to become one of the most sought after schools in the city with two campuses:
  • Old St. Patrick`s Campus, commonly referred to as "OSP," is located in the West Loop. More than 500 students, in Preschool through third grade, begin their FXW journey here.
  • Holy Name Cathedral Campus, commonly referred to as "HNC," is located in the heart of downtown. More than 400 students, in 4th-8th grade, continue on to graduation.
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  • Chicago
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    1.4 miles
    226 W Schiller St
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 266-3381
    1.4 NS-8
  • Chicago
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    0.8 miles
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    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 944-5600
    0.8 PK-8
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    1.5 miles
    59 W North Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 582-6000
    1.5 PK-12
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    1.7 miles
    814 W. Eastman Street
    Chicago, IL 60642
    (773) 907-5000
    1.7 NS-5
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    1.2 miles
    955 W. Grand Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60642
    (312) 236-6388
    1.2 PK-12

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