Award Year: 2020

Saint Francis Xavier School

145 N Waiola Avenue
La Grange, IL, 60525-1866

(708) 352-2175

Mrs. Sharon Garcia, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Chicago

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St. Francis Xavier Parish School provides students with academic excellence centered in Catholic values of prayer, learning and service.

Student Demographics
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 2%
Building tables of paper and tape for STEM/Literacy project

Building tables of paper and tape for STEM/Literacy project

Saint Francis Xavier School is a Catholic elementary school located in LaGrange, Illinois serving students from preschool 3 to grade 8. Saint Francis Xavier strives to educate our students in both mind and heart, with rigorous academics, celebration of Catholic traditions, and an extraordinary Service Program. Our doors opened in 1917, welcoming 140 students. The first commencement in 1918 celebrated ten graduates. In June 2017 we graduated our 100th class, which celebrated 68 graduates. Now at the start of our 104th year with approximately 450 students, families continue to send their children to Saint Francis Xavier. Our alumni often return home to Saint Francis Xavier as teachers and as parents.

Our research-based approach to learning and blended learning model support our curriculum framework based upon current Illinois State Standards and the Common Core Standards. Our teachers follow a blended learning model that balances digital learning with traditional methods and increases opportunities for differentiated instruction. Technology skills, including digital citizenship, are taught through every curricular area. We prepare our students to confidently meet the opportunities and challenges of our ever-changing world.

More than any other program or activity, our all-school Service Program, which is entering it's 12th year, exemplifies who we are as a school community. In 2010, we won the Maxine Donahue Award, an award presented by the National Catholic Educational Association. Each year we engage students with people and causes throughout the community to allow our students to fully understand the meaning of service.