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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Chicago)

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is a Jesuit high school on the near Lower West Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the founding school of the Cristo Rey Network[3] and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School was established in 1996 and provides college-preparatory education.[4] The school places students at entry-level jobs that cover some of their tuition costs.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
1852 West 22nd Place


United States
Coordinates41°51′6″N 87°40′22″W / 41.85167°N 87.67278°W / 41.85167; -87.67278Coordinates: 41°51′6″N 87°40′22″W / 41.85167°N 87.67278°W / 41.85167; -87.67278
TypePrivate, coeducational
MottoMen and Women for Others
DenominationRoman Catholic
Established1996; 23 years ago (1996)
FounderJohn P. Foley[1]
OversightCristo Rey Network
PresidentAntonio Ortiz
PrincipalLucas Schroeder (2018–present)[2]
Enrollment575 (2008)
Color(s)Maroon and Gold         
Team nameLions
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools
TuitionAdjusted to family income



The school opened in 1996. In 1998, the school spent $10 million to add a new 3 story building to the campus.[5] Around 2000, the philanthropist Brendan Cassin visited the school. Cassin was so impressed with the school's program for low income students that, within hours of his visit, he committed to donating $22 million to build a network of similar schools.[6]

Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP)Edit

Richard R. Murray developed the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) in 1995 for Cristo Rey Chicago. The work-study program combines employee leasing and job sharing, giving students the means of financing a private high school education.[7] Cristo Rey students attend classes four days a week and work five days a month. Students work in entry-level positions at businesses and non-profit agencies in Chicago.[3] Over 90 companies participate in the CWSP, including banks, law firms, hospitals, consulting firms, and non-profit agencies.[3][8] The goal is for students to acquire job experience and marketable skills, develop a network of business contacts, gain exposure to a wide variety of career opportunities, and improve in their work ethic and self-esteem.[9] Incorporated as the Cristo Rey Work Study Program, Inc., the CWSP allows each student to earn up to 65% of the cost of their education. Work is considered part of the curriculum; if a student is dismissed from their job, they are considered to have failed that course.[10] [11]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit


Forty percent of students participate in the athletics program, including varsity, junior varsity, and intramural sports. Cristo Rey’s athletes practice at the local Harrison Park.[12]

Sports offeredEdit


  1. ^ "High school's work program feeds industry's talent pool". Automotive News. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  2. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago Names New Principal". Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. May 10, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Mabrey, Vicky (October 27, 2004). "In A Class By Itself". 60 Minutes. CBS News. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "ACE Graduate to Serve as President of Cristo Rey Jesuit HS in Chicago // Alliance for Catholic Education". Alliance for Catholic Education. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  5. ^ Le, Phuong (September 21, 1998). "School's future on solid ground". Chicago Tribune. p. 19 – via
  6. ^ Mathews, Jay (March 25, 2003). "Lifting Hope, One Job at a Time". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Kearney, G. R. (2008). More Than a Dream: The Cristo Rey Story: How One School's Vision is Changing the World. Chicago, Illinois: Loyola Press. pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-0-8294-2576-5.
  8. ^ "Partner List – Corporate Work Study Program – Cristo Rey Jesuit High School". Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  9. ^ "Impact - Cristo Rey Network". Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  10. ^ "About Cristo Rey – About Us – Cristo Rey Jesuit High School". Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "Curriculum – Academics – Cristo Rey Jesuit High School". Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "Championships – Athletics – Cristo Rey Jesuit High School". Retrieved October 24, 2017.

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