Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Baltimore)

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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is located in Maryland
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is located in the United States
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
420 South Chester Street


United States
Coordinates39°17′12″N 76°35′13.5″W / 39.28667°N 76.587083°W / 39.28667; -76.587083Coordinates: 39°17′12″N 76°35′13.5″W / 39.28667°N 76.587083°W / 39.28667; -76.587083
TypePrivate, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Society of Jesus
Established2007; 12 years ago (2007)
PresidentWilliam "Bill" Heiser
PrincipalWalter Reap
Color(s)Black and Gold         
SloganWhere Learning Gets to Work!
AccreditationMaryland State Board of Education[1]; Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS)[2]; Maryland Province of Jesuits; Cristo Rey Network
YearbookThe Buzz
AffiliationCristo Rey Network

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (CRJ) is an independent, Jesuit, co-educational, college preparatory school in Baltimore, Maryland, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. It is part of the Cristo Rey Network of high schools, the original being Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. CRJ opened in August 2007 and graduated its first class in June 2011. In partnership with the Maryland Province Jesuits and the Baltimore business community, the school targets lower income families of religious, racial, and ethnic diversity.[3]


In 1996, the Jesuits in Chicago founded the first Cristo Rey school to provide a college preparatory education to the children in the Pilsen/Little Village neighborhood.[4] Families there wanted a better life for their children, and the Jesuits believed that education was the way out of poverty. The initial stumbling block of how to pay for a college prep education was resolved through having students earn part of their tuition through the Corporate Internship Program.[4] That school was so successful that it became a model for other cities. The Cristo Rey Network was formed and in 2018 supported 36 schools across the country, including Cristo Rey Jesuit here in Fells Point.[5]

Cristo Rey Jesuit is housed in the former Holy Rosary School, which was an elementary school for the mostly Polish neighborhood around its South Chester Street location.[6] CRJ currently enrolls 350 students in grades nine through twelve, representing 25 zip codes and more than 50 middle schools across the city.

Cristo Rey Jesuit is sponsored by the Maryland Province Jesuits, which in 1852 founded what have become Loyola University Maryland and Loyola Blakefield.[7] In 1993 they opened St. Ignatius Loyola Academy,[8] a tuition-free middle school for disadvantaged young men from under-served neighborhoods in Baltimore.[9] Now Cristo Rey Baltimore serves mostly low-income families, and tuition is held to $2,500 per year or less.[10]

Cristo Rey Jesuit's first commencement took place on June 18, 2011, at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Seventy-eight young men and women formed the first graduating class and all were accepted into college, as has continued to be the case.[11][10]


Clubs sponsored by the school include the National Honor Society, Gospel Choir, Student Government, Art Club, Yearbook ((The Buzz), T.R.E.N.D. (Talent, Respect and Education Never Dies),[12] Many Men, and Anime Club.

All students are required to do at least 10 hours of community service each year.[13] A notable project taken on by students, in conjunction with their social justice course, was research on water pollution and water billing; they studied this precious resource in line with Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment.[14]

Athletic teams sponsored by the school include boy's and girl's soccer and basketball, boy's lacrosse[15] and girl's softball. There is also a performing Step Team.[16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MSDE list of accredited schools
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit High School". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  4. ^ a b "Cristo Rey Network: History". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  5. ^ "Cristo Rey Network: School Directory". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  6. ^ "Holy Rosary closed; Archdiocesen restructuring". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  7. ^ "What We Do | One Mission, Many Ministries". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  8. ^ "Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy". Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  9. ^ "Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  10. ^ a b "How a private school that accepts kids who can't usually afford a private education has a 100% college acceptance rate". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  11. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit High School". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  12. ^ "trend-inc". trend-inc. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  13. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit High School | Baltimore". Cristo Rey Jesuit High School | Baltimore. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  14. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit High Students Explore Water Justice in Baltimore". Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  15. ^ Cristo Rey Jesuit (2014-05-16), Chasing the Win, retrieved 2018-01-07
  16. ^ The Catholic Review (2015-05-14), Beyond The Bell: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Step Team, retrieved 2018-01-07
  17. ^ Super Visor (2017-05-08), 2017 Georgetown University Showcase, retrieved 2018-01-07

Further reading[edit]

  • Kearney, G. R. More Than a Dream: The Cristo Rey Story: How One School's Vision Is Changing the World. Chicago, Ill: Loyola Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-82-942576-5

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