Christ the King Jesuit College Prep High School
|Christ the King Jesuit
College Preparatory School
Men and Women for Others
|5088 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60644
|President||Mr. Clement V. Martin|
|Principal||Ms. Temple Payne|
|Student to teacher ratio||16:1|
|Color(s)||Gold and Maroon|
|Mascot||Gary the Gladiator|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (in process) |
|Affiliation||Cristo Rey Network|
Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School (CTK) is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Chicago, Illinois, founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Pursuing the Cristo Rey model inaugurated by Cristo Rey Jesuit in Chicago, students earn nearly 75% of their tuition by working at one of the 96 job partners listed on the website.
Part of the Cristo Rey Network of schools, CTK opened in 2008 and graduated its first class in 2012. In 2013 there were 302 students, 97% African American, 62% female, and 82% eligible for the Federal lunch program. All members of its first four graduating classes were accepted into college and 80% of graduates remained in college in 2015.
There are 46 full-time staff plus 7 drivers (for work assignments). CTK has 24 classrooms, 3 computer labs, 3 science labs, art and music/band rooms, an award-winning chapel, and environmental "green" roof.
Extracurricular activities include Daughters of Imani, Drama Club, National Honor Society, Peer Ministry, Student Action Leadership Team (SALT), Student Council, Video Game Club, and Yearbook. Christ the King, a member of the Chicago College Prep Conference, offers both boys and girls 8 different sports at the varsity and JV level.
Each year includes a retreat experience for all the students. Freshmen have an all-day retreat that helps them become comfortable with the changes, challenges, and new commitment that many of them face. The sophomore retreat is off-campus, an all-day reflection on building and maintaining positive relationships with friends, family, and God. The junior retreat is overnight, two full days, boys and girls separately participating in faith-based discussions and activities that touch the spirit, lead to reflection, and foster deeper relationships. The Kairos model is employed for the senior, three-day retreat, with two nights off campus. Trained adults and student leaders direct the retreat.
Christ the King offers various service opportunities and it is the students' responsibility to select from these options and fulfill their required hours, rising from freshman to senior year from 15 to 20 to 25 to 30 hours in the year. Service hours count for 10% of the students' Religious Studies grade.
- Christ the King Jesuit College Prep High School Official website
- More than a Dream (official book site)
- Cristo Rey Network
- Partners - Cristo Rey Network
- Fr. John P. Foley honored with Presidential Citizen's Medal
- 60 minutes
- Cristo Rey Featured in WashPost column by George Will
- Boston Globe - With sense of purpose, students cut class for a day
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Success of Innovative Urban Catholic School Sparks Major Investment