Milestones in Our History

The 2014-15 school year marked FXW’s 25th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, we have created an online timeline that documents the School’s history and key events. Utilize the timeline bar and arrows or slide through images to navigate through these milestones.


Old St. Patrick School Founded

Public announcement of opening of Old St. Patrick School. Fr. Jack Wall and Mrs. Maggie Daley are co-founders of this new model for Catholic schools.

CATC Founded

Children at the Crossroads Foundation is formed. This scholarship foundation supports 30% of the students enrolled at Old St. Patrick School and later FXW.

Old St. Patrick School Opens

Old St. Patrick School starts at Presidential Towers. The 1989-90 school year had an enrollment of about 40 children.

Renovation of OSP Building

School opens third grade.

School Renamed

Joint venture formed with Holy Name Cathedral parish and pastor Fr. Bob McLaughlin. School is renamed The Frances Xavier Warde School.

Outdoor Ed and Exploratories Begin

Cheryl Chapman wins Golden Apple Award

FXW's First Graduating Class

New Leadership & Continued Growth

Mary Ellen Caron steps down as Head of School. FXW student population tops 600 students.

5th Grader represents FXW at the National Spelling Bee

Phillip Acevedo '05 would go on to study at St. Ignatius College Prep and Harvard University.

Roel Vivit wins Golden Apple Award

Welcoming New Leadership

Mary Reiling completes first year as Head of School and Fr. Tom Hurley succeeds Fr. Jack Wall as pastor of Old St. Pat's.

Imagination Station & Early Childhood program return to OSP

Elizabeth Grelle Kruse wins Kohl McCormick Teaching Award

20th Anniversary Milestones

20th Anniversary celebrated and student population reaches 800.

Living the Legacy

Living the Legacy school-wide community service campaign begins

Integration of 1:1 Laptop Program

1:1 laptop program launched across middle school grades

Change in School Charter

Formal transition to Independent, Catholic School model

Celebrating 25 Years

25th anniversary school year to run during 2014-2015 academic year. Student population tops 940.
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