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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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 475 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,385
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
SFX is able to accommodate mild learning differences with the assistance of reading specialists, math enrichment support, learning behavioral specialists and guidance counseling
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2018

Student Body

Total Students
475 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
St. Francis Xavier School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
29 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
20 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Colleen Barrett
Admissions Associate
Jackie Petrozzi


Total Sports Offered
7 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
12 extracurriculars
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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does St. Francis Xavier School cost?

St. Francis Xavier School's tuition is approximately $6,385 for private students.

What sports does St. Francis Xavier School offer?

St. Francis Xavier School offers 7 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Track and Field and Volleyball.

What is St. Francis Xavier School's ranking?

St. Francis Xavier School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for: Largest student body and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for St. Francis Xavier School?

The application deadline for St. Francis Xavier School is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 475 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,385
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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