Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Chicago)

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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
1852 West 22nd Place
Chicago, Illinois, 60608
United States
Coordinates 41°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
Type private
Motto Men and Women for others
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1996
Oversight Cristo Rey Network
President Antonio Ortiz
Principal Patricia Garrity
Grades 912
Gender coed
Enrollment 575 (2008)
Color(s) Maroon and Gold         
Nickname Cristeros
Team name Lions
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Tuition varies depending on your income
Affiliation Society of Jesus

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is a Jesuit high school on the near southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. It is the founding school of the Cristo Rey Network. It was founded in 1996 as a way to help low-income students get an affordable private college preparatory education. The school places students at entry-level jobs, which cover roughly 65% of tuition costs. Cristo Rey students work for five days a month and attend classes four days a week. The Corporate Work Study Program is part of the school curriculum, therefore if a student is dismissed from their job, they are considered to have failed in that course.


Boys Varsity Soccer Chicago Prep Conference Champions 2010, 2011, 2012; Chicago Prep Tourney Champions 2010, 2011, 2012; Regional 1A Champions 2010, 2011, 2012; Sectional 1A Champions 2012;

Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball Chicago Prep Conference Champions

The Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP)[edit]

In order to make private, college-preparatory education affordable to at-risk young people from Pilsen, an economically challenged area in Chicago, Cristo Rey developed an innovative work-study program for high school students called the Corporate Internship Program (CIP), which combines two commonly used business concepts, Employee leasing and job sharing. This program was implemented by Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's first president, Fr. John Foley, SJ, who saw similar work-study programs while stationed with the Society of Jesus in Peru. This initiative gives students the means of financing a private high school education that would otherwise be unaffordable for students in the Pilsen/Little Village area. Incorporated as the Cristo Rey Work Study Program, Inc., the CIP allows each of our students to earn 65% of the cost of their education by working five full days (9AM to 5PM) each month in entry-level positions at businesses and non-profit agencies in Chicago. Over 90 companies participate in the CIP – Chicago’s major banks, law firms, hospitals, and consulting firms—such as JPMorgan Chase, Ernst & Young, Leo Burnett Worldwide Advertising, Latham & Watkins, Jenner & Block, Kirkland & Ellis, Deloitte and Touche, McKinsey & Company, and the Loyola University Health System. Students also work at several non-profit agencies.

The Corporate Internship Program has been incorporated to the school's curriculum and evolved into an innovative means of providing students with crucial hands-on, white-collar work experience, while simultaneously empowering them to take an active part in financing a major portion of their high school education. As a result of working in a business environment, students acquire desirable job experience and marketable skills, develop a network of business contacts, gain exposure to a wide variety of career opportunities, refine a strong work ethic, and increase their self-esteem.

Book about Cristo Rey[edit]

In January 2008, Loyola Press released More than A Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World. The book, authored by G. R. Kearney, a writer and former volunteer teacher for two years at the school as part of a Georgetown University postgraduation program, documents the development of the Cristo Rey model and the successes of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago and the Cristo Rey Network of Schools, with a funding model that Marvin Hoffman's book review in the Chicago Tribune described as the "genius of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School", in which clusters of five students each rotate working one day a week at a job gaining work experience, with the salary covering a portion of the each student's tuition.[2]


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