St. Francis Xavier School

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St. Francis Xavier School has been educating children along the North Shore for over 100 years.
Our mission is to create a community of faith in action and excellence in academics.
We partner with our parish to provide students with an environment of care and concern, high academic and social expectations, and role models to guide their actions and life choices.
The school's academic and religious curriculum is complemented by iPads, Chromebooks, and SMART Board technology, a Science Lab, an Art studio, an EPIC Studio/Makerspace, and a Library.
Our teachers are among the most highly trained in the area and 75% hold advanced degrees and endorsements.
They are creative, dedicated and committed to the parish. Teachers have high expectations for our students and our size allows us to individualize instruction to a rare degree. Also, because St. Francis is Pre K-8, students of different ages interact often and well.
Through the course of their time at SFX, students will grow from being the youngest in the building to being the oldest, and will understand and embrace changing expectations and responsibilities.

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St. Francis Xavier School places among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedSFX is able to accommodate mild learning differences with the assistance of reading specialists, math enrichment support, learning behavioral specialists and guidance counseling
Year Founded1910
Summer School OfferedYes
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2018

Student Body

Total Students475 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade St. Francis Xavier School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers29 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio16:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,385
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,000
Admissions DirectorColleen Barrett
Admissions AssociateJackie Petrozzi


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
Cross CountryFootball,
GolfTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.After School Clubs, Scouting, Student Council

Club or Organization:
Altar Servers, Battle of the Books, Chess Club, Coding and Robotics, Crusader Ambassadors, Safety Patrol

Arts and Music Programs:
Irish Dance, Theater Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Girls on the Run

School Notes

  • For more information about the benefits of an SFX education, please visit and call the school office to schedule a meeting and tour with our principal, Colleen Barrett. The office phone is 847-256-0644.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Wilmette
    Grades: PK-K | 92 students
    1.5 miles
    2031 Elmwood Ave
    Wilmette, IL 60091
    (847) 256-2922
    1.5 PK-K
  • Wilmette
    Grades: PK-K | 118 students
    0.5 miles
    1140 Wilmette Ave
    Wilmette, IL 60091
    (847) 256-2002
    0.5 PK-K
  • Buffalo Grove
    Grades: PK-K | 68 students
    14.2 miles
    950 Ellen Dr
    Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    (847) 541-8111
    14.2 PK-K
  • Buffalo Grove
     Saint Mary School
    Saint Mary School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 277 students
    14.5 miles
    50 N Buffalo Grove Road
    Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    (847) 459-6270
    14.5 PK-8
  • Deerfield
    Deerfield Montessori Childrens House
    All-girls  | Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-K | 22 students
    11.3 miles
    1500 Wilmot Rd
    Deerfield, IL 60015
    (847) 945-7581
    11.3 PK-K

School Reviews

I have sent both my daughters (now in 1st and 4th grade) to St. Francis since Kindergarten. Academically, they are continually challenged -- both math and reading curriculum is differentiated from 1st grade on--and they are succeeding at the highest level. The school has extremely strong ACT Aspire results that verify academic performance.Of course, academics are just entry-stakes. To justify private school tuition in an affluent neighborhood like Wilmette, you need more. St. Francis delivers. The close-knit, but warm and welcoming, community is one of the best things about the school. This is a place where parents help each other out and look out for each other's kids. The school is small enough, at 2 sections per grade, that most kids know many kids both older and younger. The school actively looks to create cross-grade relationships with mixed-grade community activities and 8th grade/kindergarten buddy relations.The religious education and community prayer life is a huge support for my children's faith formation, and we find many of the teachers are truly role models for the children. We were fairly new to the community when we joined St. Francis. But we have found that the community is very open to newcomers and all truly are welcome.
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