Welcome from Our Head of School
I am delighted to welcome you to our website and to share all that is special about The Frances Xavier Warde School. Understanding that our Catholic faith is evident in everything we do, the founders of FXW set out to develop an entirely new school model based on a few simple and powerful premises:
- All of Chicago’s children deserve an exceptional education.
- Children of all faiths learn from one another and celebrate their shared values.
- A school must prepare children to succeed not only as students, but also as citizens and leaders in a changing world.
These ideas gave rise to the vision for FXW – a challenging, Catholic school with a community as vibrant and heterogeneous as the City of Chicago itself. With a bold vision and humble beginnings, we have become one of the most academically challenging and sought after schools in Chicago. FXW remains a visionary and innovative school, one that continues to grow and evolve to better serve students, families and the city that it calls home.
We hope you enjoy your visit and invite you to sample the “FXW Experience.”
Mary L. Reiling
Head of School
Mary Reiling, a recognized leader in elementary and middle school education, became the Head of School of The Frances Xavier Warde School in July, 2006. Ms. Reiling came to Chicago after opening Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Alpharetta, Georgia. During her thirty-year career, she has taught middle school, written textbooks for Loyola University Press, and has served as principal of St. Leo School in Fairfax, Virginia and of Gesu School in Cleveland, Ohio.
While at FXW, Ms. Reiling has spearheaded several key initiatives including, the co-teacher program for the primary grades, laptops for middle school students, and key curricular improvements that have changed the direction of the academics at the School. Students take more classes in foreign language (Spanish and French), get extensive language development in speaking, writing and literature, and take rigorous math and science classes. Her move to allow more student support through a well-funded resource department of school psychologists, resource teachers and a speech pathologist has allowed the entire school to be run like a gifted program. Students graduating from The Frances Xavier Warde School regularly get accepted at the leading high schools in the city.