Head of School Message

Welcome from our Head of School!

Community is one of FXW’s defining qualities. It is this inclusive community that first drew me to the School four years ago and it is what makes our educational experience so distinct. Community truly defines who we are. Faculty and staff refer to our community’s palpable, engaging energy. Parents often say they are grateful to be a part of such an exceptional place of inclusion and belonging. Others simply refer to FXW as “their second family.”

We are a community of faith. You will see a unique model of Catholic education for an ever-changing world; it is a progressive approach to a rich tradition. With dual religion tracks, our students live, learn, and work with one another with respect and understanding of each other’s religions, creating a diverse community, reflective of our great city.

We are a community that serves others. Service to others and the values of our namesake, Mother Frances Xavier Warde, are visible in both our actions and in our service projects, which are an integral part of the FXW curriculum. Parents and students volunteer for numerous opportunities available at school through our Living the Legacy Program, and they seek out many other many other ways to help make our city and our world better, fairer, more just places to live and grow.

We are a community committed to innovative education. Learn how our teachers support each child’s developing sense of curiosity, interests, and talents through vigorous and imaginative exploration of essential concepts, skills, and experiences in academics, the arts, and athletics. Our graduates go on to be critical thinkers and leaders in their community and are highly sought-after by high schools and colleges throughout the country.

We are a community that is purposely diverse and intentionally inclusive. Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. By inviting all the neighborhoods into our School, we show value and respect toward all cultures, all faiths, all backgrounds and beliefs. We seek out diversity and rejoice in the gifts that an inclusive community has in a global society.

I encourage you to spend time on our website to learn more about our exceptional program and invite you to visit our School to see for yourself who we are at FXW.


Michael Kennedy