Our Story

Our Founding

In 1989, Maggie Daley approached Father Jack Wall, pastor of Old St. Patrick’s church, with a bold vision. She wanted to create a school where children would receive an academically excellent education along with a foundation to guide them to become hardworking individuals equipped with a strong moral compass. A place where families would accept and embrace all faiths, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and everything that makes us unique. The boldest part of this mission would be that 30 percent of this School’s students would receive financial assistance and that the tuition would be kept as low as possible.

Father Wall gladly accepted the challenge and the two began a private search for a principal. Sister Mary Ellen Caron was FXW’s first principal and came to the table with fresh ideas and an immediate passion for building such a school. So, with just a few families behind them, they opened the doors to their first classrooms, which were located inside Presidential Towers in the West Loop.

More than 25 years later, FXW has grown to become one of the most sought after schools in the city with two campuses:

Old St. Patrick’s Campus, commonly referred to as “OSP“, is located in the West Loop. More than 500 students, in Preschool through third grade, begin their FXW journey here.

Holy Name Cathedral Campus, commonly referred to as “HNC“, is located in the heart of downtown. More than 400 students, in 4th-8th grade, continue on to graduation.

Most importantly, our mission still remains at the heart of everything we do…

The Frances Xavier Warde School is a Catholic elementary school in downtown Chicago that provides an academically excellent, values-oriented education to students of all ethnic, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in a child-centered urban environment. As a keystone of its diverse community, The School provides need-based scholarships to 30 percent of its students, partners with its families, nurtures faith development for its Catholic students, and engages all students to learn about and respect other faith traditions. FXW follows a rigorous curriculum that enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision-making skills and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world they will inherit.