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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I visit?

There are six Information Sessions each year when interested students and their families can come and visit the school. Seventh and eighth graders are also invited to participate in a shadow day at Cristo Rey. Shadow Days are done by appointment between the months of October and February. You can view our available Shadow Days and schedule a visit on our online forms portal. Please note that you will have to create an account before scheduling a Shadow Day.

How do I apply?

Interested eighth graders can fill out the application and apply after they receive their first quarter grades. Applications can now be completed online through our online forms portal. Please note that you will have to create an account, upload supporting documents and will need email addressses for teachers to request a recommendation. Paper applications can also be downloaded in English or Spanish. Parents can schedule an appointment to submit the application by calling (773) 890-6838. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. The second part of the process is an interview. Cristo Rey does NOT have an admissions test.

When will I find out if I was accepted?

Decision letters are mailed out on April 1, 2020.

What is the cost of education?

The cost of education is roughly $14,500. However, each of our students helps pay a portion of this cost through the innovative Corporate Work Study Program. The most any family is asked to contribute for the 2019-20 school year is $2,950.00. There is no additional cost for books or fees. Financial aid is also available for families that demonstrate need.

Does Cristo Rey offer scholarships?

Cristo Rey offers need based financial aid. All applicants will fill out an application for financial aid along with the application for admission. Typically, scholarship opportunities for the year are announced in September and posted online. Scholarships vary in criteria and may be based on factors such as financial need, community service or GPA.

Do you provide transportation?

Cristo Rey does not provide private transportation for its students. The campus is centrally located and easily accessible by public transportation. The Damen stop of the CTA Pink Line is a 4 block walk to the school. The #60 Blue Island bus and the #21 Cermak bus are also in walking distance.

Where do students work?

Cristo Rey Students work at a variety of law firms, banks, hospitals and non-profits. A complete list of our corporate partners can be found on the CWSP page.

Do you accept transfer students?

If enrollment allows, Cristo Rey accepts sophomore and junior applications in April and May for the upcoming school year. Cristo Rey does not guarantee that it will accept applications for transfer students every year. Please call the admissions office in April for information on whether we will be accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

The process and requirements for transferring to Cristo Rey are much more demanding than for an incoming freshman. We are looking for transfer students with A’s and B’s and a clean discipline record. Courses already taken are also considered to ensure they fit with the curriculum at Cristo Rey. The requirements for Spanish language skills are more demanding as well to ensure that students will be able to manage our dual language program. Please note that transfer students are required to participate in the two week summer training orientation.

What does your curriculum look like?

For a detailed year by year account of the college prep, honors and AP courses, please visit our curriculum page.

Don’t see the answer to your question? Email us!

Blanca Gonzalez

Director of Admissions

Jacqueline Orozco

Admissions Coordinator