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Welcome to St. Francis Xavier Catholic School! Home of the NAVIGATORS!


St. Francis Xavier is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!


Congratulations to our Little Sailors Preschool Step up to Quality Five Star Rating!


Our goal is to update our drinking fountains across our St. Francis Xavier campus!

Thank you for your support!

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Birthcare Donation Projects

Thank you Mr. Krahe for your time, talent, and treasure with our new X - STREAM Launch Lab!

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Several Saint Francis Xavier students recognized for moving onto the State of Ohio Science Fair

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Thank you to our "We Give Catholic" donors! We opened our Launch Lab in the Fall of 2018!


Student Art

Science Olympiad

Middle School Science Olympiad Team Competing at the State Level!

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Our students do it the NAVIGATOR WAY everyday!

Join Us for our NEW Family Open House Jan. 15, 2019 6:30pm - 8pm

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Thank you to our St. Francis Xavier Navigator Families for responding to the campaign #weGiveCatholic and supporting our Go Green initiative.  As a result of your generosity, we will be able to replace all 10 water fountains with eco-friendly fountains with filling stations throughout our campus. Additionally, because we exceeded our  goal, we will be able to fund other “go green” initiatives as we continue  our mission of being better stewards of creation.



Congratulations to our PRESCHOOL!



In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, St. Francis Xavier “Little Sailors” Preschool has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating.

In addition to meeting all standards of a four-star rating, programs with five stars may also:
  • Have lower staff/child ratios.

  • Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child.

  • Share assessment results and create goals for children.

  • Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting.

  • Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.

  • Have an active and organized parent volunteer group.

  • Use input from families and community partners’ to inform the program’s continuous improvement process.

  • Have accreditation by an approved organization.

“Little Sailors Preschool is proud to be a five-star program,” said Monica Gorman, director of Little Sailors.  “We know that children have approximately 1,892 days from birth until school starts, and every day matters. It is important to us that children develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills, and a love of learning.”  Gorman also recognizes her staff, Mrs. Shelly Cloud, co-teacher, and Mrs. Karen Lapeus, full-time teachers aide, for being instrumental in achieving this rating.

Research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills.  For these reasons, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to improving early childhood opportunities for all children in the state.


What Makes St. Francis Xavier Students Great?

They are encouraged to BE A NAVIGATOR.

N – Nourish our Catholic faith and devote time for prayer.  A – Accept others and work together. V – Very responsible for our actions and willing to forgive. I – Inspire, create, and explore our talents. G – Genuine and polite toward others. A- Active and volunteer time and talents. TTrustworthy toward friends and others. O – Obedient to school rules and authority. R Respectful to God, ourselves, and others.




The Ohio Academy of Science informed us , that St. Francis Xavier School was selected as one of the 2017-2018 Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research. We have been recognized by providing a strong STEM curriculum, but have also encouraged participation in many other activities to stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Congratulations also goes out to our team of teachers who work so hard to continue with this mission of always going above and beyond. Those team members include:  Christa Borling, Christina Bresnahan, Kathy Jo Fronk, Diane Salamon. Amanda Plute-Schlitter, Cindy Gerity, Stephanie Novicky , Pam Bugner,  Mike Eleo,  Amy Evrard,  Gail Reynolds,  Monica Gorman, Gideon Nocero, Stephanie Baker, and  Jane Unsdorfer.

Let there be music! 

We are excited to announce our new band program for students in grades 5-8. Students involved in band will partake in private lessons as well as full band ensemble rehearsals throughout the school day. Concerts this year will include programs in December and May.

Learn more about the band

Mark your calendar for our Band Concerts:

Dec. 10, 2018 @ 7pm

May 16, 2018 @ 7pm




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Navigator News

From the Principal



From the Principal   

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“We educate for excellence and together we become Disciples of Christ”

 Welcome to St. Francis Xavier School, the home of the Navigators! Our campus is located in beautiful Medina, Ohio for students in grades preschool through eighth grade.   St. Francis Xavier School is a special place that provides qualities a student needs to develop a strong foundation for life.

  • An exceptional Catholic education with emphasis on faith, moral behavior, and character development
  • A safe learning environment
  • A challenging academic program
  • A passionate and committed faculty and staff
  • Problem and project based learning in all grades
  • An X-STREAM Launch Lab (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) for all students
  • 1:1 chrome book for students grades 5 – 8
  • Extra curricular activities after school
  • Before and after school Latch key program
  • Great families who support our work and give the school a family atmosphere

Our school is also proud of our many awards, which include:

  • 2011 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
  • 2015 Innovations in Catholic Education Award
  • 2014-2015 ,2016-2017, and 2017 – 2018 Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for STEM Education and Student Research
  • 2018 Innovations in Catholic Education Award Finalist

Please do not hesitate to give me a call if I can be of any assistance to you. I look forward to talking to you about educating and caring for your children. We have so much to offer here!


Mrs. Danene Beal

Interim Principal




Common Core State Standards

Catholic schools have a long-standing commitment to academic excellence that is rooted in the faith-based mission of Catholic education. The Common Core State Standards in no way compromise the Catholic identity or educational program of a Catholic school.

The Common Core State Standards initiative, begun in 2007, is a state-led, bipartisan effort that is not a requirement for participation in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) or any other federally-funded program, and there are no mandates for any Catholic school to follow any federal rules if they adopt the Common Core. Adoption of the Common Core is voluntary; individual states, Catholic dioceses and other private schools make their own decisions about whether to adopt the standards.