Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

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Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep
3106 BelvidereRoad
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
United States
Coordinates42°21′7″N 87°49′58″W / 42.35194°N 87.83278°W / 42.35194; -87.83278Coordinates: 42°21′7″N 87°49′58″W / 42.35194°N 87.83278°W / 42.35194; -87.83278
TypePrivate, Roman Catholic, coed
MottoTransforming Urban America One Student at a Time
Established2004; 14 years ago (2004)
PresidentPreston Kendall
PrincipalMichael Odiotti
CampusSmall suburban
Color(s)Blue and Gold         
Team nameKnights
TuitionCRSM is a needs-based scholarship program school with a required work-study program for all students. The net cost to attend CRSM varies according to each family’s income.
AffiliationCristo Rey Network
Work studyDirector, Michelle Mehlis
AdmissionsDirector, Noemi Cuesta
AthleticsDirector, Jordan French

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, formerly St. Martin de Porres High School, is a private high school in Waukegan, Illinois, established in 2004. It is a member of the Cristo Rey work-study network of high schools, and is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.


In 2001 Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Kicanas and Rev. George J. Rassas, both of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake Forest, suggested opening a Cristo Rey school to enroll Hispanic and Latino and low income teenagers in the Waukegan/North Chicago area. St. Martin de Porres was the first Catholic high school to be established in Lake County since Carmel High School in Mundelein, which opened in 1963.[1]


The Cristo Rey Network comprises 35 high schools that provide a Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. And 80% of the students at CRSM qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.[2] Students cover the bulk of their tuition by working at entry-level jobs in the corporate world. Around 86 businesses employ students from St. Martin's.[3] Videos are available covering the St. Martin experience.[4][5]

Cristo Rey St. Martin is open to students of all faiths and cultures. There are five school-wide liturgies, prayer services on Martin Luther King Day and Ash Wednesday, and a spiritual retreat program for all the students. Sixty-five percent of the students choose to participate in voluntary service projects.[6]


Twenty-eight two-semester credits are required for graduation. This includes 4 credits in English and math, science, and social studies, 2 in world languages, and 1 in physical education/health. A credit in theology and in work study must also be earned for each year in attendance. Also 4 credits must be chosen from the choice of 9 advanced placement courses and about 11 other electives. Further, eligible students can earn college credit directly through College of Lake County.[7] And Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy (JVLA) courses are available online for courses not offered at St. Martin.[8]


  1. ^ Ryan, Nancy (2002-05-23). "Catholics ponder new high school". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
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  4. ^ ViatorianComm (2009-03-18), St. Martin de Porres - Part 1, retrieved 2018-01-09
  5. ^ ViatorianComm (2009-03-18), St. Martin de Porres - Part 2, retrieved 2018-01-09
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  8. ^ "JVLA – Expanding the reach of Jesuit and Catholic Schools". Retrieved 2018-01-09.

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