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We are a Catholic, coeducational, dual-language college preparatory school located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

The school’s purpose is to advance the human and intellectual capacities, as well as the religious and cultural heritage, of the immigrant families of Chicago’s near Southwest side.

Founded in 1996, we pioneered the Corporate Work Study Program model for inner-city education that has inspired a national network of 25 schools serving low-income communities throughout the country.

Cristo Rey Chicago Welcomes
Its Largest Freshman Class in a Decade

Monday, August 18, 2014, marks the beginning of the 19th academic year at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. The nearly 400 upperclassmen warmly welcomed the members of the class of 2018 with roaring applause during the all-school assembly.

For the past several years, the size of the freshman class has been between 150- 160 students even though annually we receive nearly 380 applications. According to Mr. Antonio Ortiz, president, “This past year, we decided to accept more applicants to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to learn at Cristo Rey. We are very excited to welcome 168 freshmen, making it the largest class in ten years.”

During this first week of school, all 553 students are in the building – the only week that will happen for the rest of the year. This Friday all students will go as teams to their worksites, and starting Monday, one quarter of the student body will be in their jobs in Chicagoland.

As Ms. Patricia Garrity, principal, stated, “The first day of school is an exciting time. It is a time of clean slates… Professional athletes often talk about their personal best; they don’t compare themselves to others, they compare themselves to their own personal accomplishments. Use this year as a time to start over, and make it a year of your own personal bests.”

In the News
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School featured on CBS 60 Minutes
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June 2014
CBS This Morning tells Cristo Rey Story
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May 2014
Thank you for joining us for ¡VIVA! 2014
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December 2013
Cristo Rey Honors
Our Lady

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August 2013
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School starts a New School Year
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June 2013
Class of 2013

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June 2013
CBS Chicago News
New Pope An Inspiration For Latino Jesuit Students
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March 2013
Chicago Jesuits celebrate first Jesuit Pope
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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School  I  1852 W. 22nd Pl.  I  Chicago, IL, 60608  I  (p) 773-890-6800  I  (f) 773-890-6801
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