Twenty-five years ago, FXW began with one preschool and one kindergarten classroom, located in Presidential Towers, boasting a total enrollment of 35. Today, FXW is the largest Catholic grammar school in the archdiocese of Chicago.
One year after its founding, FXW moved to the school building of Old St. Patrick’s Church and added a first grade classroom. The plan was to add one grade each year until FXW achieved full enrollment. The students received instruction in Japanese, art, music, physical education in addition to a values-driven academic curriculum. Enrollment grew the second year to 100 students.
The third year, a second grade was added and the enrollment climbed to 155. Year four, there were 221 students in grades pre-school through third grade. In FXW’s first five years, all students in grades pre-school through fourth grade were housed in one location. It wasn’t until 1994 that FXW opened a second campus at Holy Name Cathedral to house students in grades 4 through 8. Enrollment leaped to 424 students.
With two campuses, FXW continued to experience explosive growth as more and more families in the city of Chicago sought a school that embraced spiritual diversity, but honored its Catholic tradition; a place where students would gather from across the city, reflecting various races, cultures and traditions; and an institution that nurtures both the heads and hearts of its students. From 35 students to 960 students enrolled for its 25th year, FXW continues to grow and families continue to find within its halls, at both campuses, an enriching place for all children to learn.