Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Baltimore)

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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
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420 South Chester Street
Baltimore, Maryland, (Baltimore City), 21231-2729
United States
Coordinates 39°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
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 2007
President Dr. William "Bill" Heiser
Principal Tom Malone
Grades 912
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Mascot Hornet
Accreditation Maryland State Board of Education[1]
Affiliation Cristo Rey Network
Corporate Internship Program Director Janet Shock
Director of Development Jessica Favret
Director of Admissions Patricia Hill
Director of Communications Jessica Gregg
Dean of Students Derrick Lifsey
Athletic Director Adam Noto

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Baltimore, Maryland. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.


Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (CRJ) opened in August 2007 and graduated its first class in June 2011. It is part of the Cristo Rey Network of high schools, the original being Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago.

CRJ is a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school, that has taken on as its mission the empowerment of students to succeed in college, work, and life. In partnership with the Maryland Province Jesuits, the Cristo Rey Network, and the Baltimore business community, the school embraces lower income families of religious, racial, and ethnic diversity. One of its mottos is "men and women for others." [2]

The hallmark of the school, and indeed of the Cristo Rey model, is its corporate internship program. Through this program, every students work five days a month at an internship at a Baltimore area-based business that provides students with important job skills and partially funds his or her education at the school. This is the origin of the school's second motto, "Where learning gets to work." [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 quality, college prep education was resolved through the innovative solution of having students earn part of their tuition through the Corporate Internship Program.[4] That school was so successful that its model was sought in other cities. The Cristo Rey Network was formed, and in 2015, supported 30 schools across the country, including Cristo Rey Jesuit in Fell's 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. The Maryland Jesuits have advanced educational opportunities for the young people of Baltimore since 1852.[7] Loyola Blakefield, Loyola University Maryland and St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, a tuition-free middle school for young men from under-served neighborhoods, are among the schools the Maryland Jesuits have established in the city.[8]

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 are members of the first graduating class. All were accepted to college. In fact, every graduating senior from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has been accepted into college.[9]

Articles about Cristo Rey Jesuit High School[edit]

Book about the Cristo Rey Model[edit]

In January 2008, Loyola Press released a book titled More than A Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World (More than a Dream official site). The book, authored by G.R. Kearney, a writer and former volunteer teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, documents the unlikely development of the Cristo Rey model and its remarkable success throughout the United States.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Maryland State Board of Education list of accredited nonpublic schools
  2. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit High School". Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  3. ^ "CIP Program". 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 School to be closed Archdiocese announces educational restructuring". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. 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 2015-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit High School". Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 

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