Admissions Process

All students who complete the application process are considered for enrollment. However, due to the number of applications that we receive, we cannot guarantee enrollment to all who apply.

Many factors are considered when reviewing admission applications. Current enrollment and the applicant pool impact decisions. In addition, enrollment preference is given to siblings of current FXW students.

Current academic information (student grades, teacher recommendations and test scores) along with parent interviews and classroom visits are all taken into consideration when reviewing applicants.

 We look for:

  • Children who meet social and academic expectations as determined by an admissions committee
  • Parents with a strong commitment to the mission and culture of the school
  • A long-term commitment to The Frances Xavier Warde School

In addition, we strive to maintain:

  • A diverse community: culturally, religiously and socioeconomically
  • Need-based financial aid for 30 percent of students
Children applying to FXW must meet the September 1st birthday cutoff to be considered for placement in their respective grades. All preschool applicants must be 3 or 4 years old on or before August 31st and must be potty trained.  Kindergarten children must be 5 on or before August 31st. Exceptions will not be made even if the child has previously been enrolled in a school that has made an exception to the deadline.
Pre – K Application Outline Grades 1-7 Application Outline

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FXW’s Preschool Program follows the Continuity of Care (COC) model

What does this look like at FXW?  The children remain in the program with the same teachers and classmates over their two years in preschool.

What does continuity of care provide for my child?

  • Your child will have a secure attachment with his/her teachers.
  • This healthy relationship allows your child to play, explore and interact with teachers in a comfortable, stable and predictable setting.
  • Teachers will know children’s needs and backgrounds
  • Your child will be able to establish friendships and deepen them over time.
  •  The time together with peers provides your child opportunities to develop social skills. Children need many experiences in a comfortable atmosphere to be with other children to relate, communicate, make decisions, and accept responsibility.
  • Research shows a rise in language development and vocabulary and less disruptive behaviors.

What does continuity of care do for me as a parent of the FXW community?

  • You and the teachers can develop a healthy parent-teacher partnership.
  • Partnerships allow children to see the important adults in their lives working together to support their development.
  • You can develop friendships and a strong sense of community with other parents in your classroom as you attend student and school events.
The Frances Xavier Warde School admits students of any sex, race, color or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at FXW. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
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