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.
Eighteen Years of Working Hard
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School starts
a new school year
“Welcome to the first day at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School!” were the first words at the opening day assembly where all of the students, faculty and staff gathered. “It is nice to see you,” associate principal Bernhard Walke warmly welcomed the returning students and 153 new freshmen.
Monday, August 19, 2013, marked the beginning of the 18th academic year of Cristo Rey. As is tradition, any new teachers or staff members are introduced at the assembly. This year, with 100% retention of faculty, we only have three new faces – two Jesuit Alumni Volunteers and Pablo Vega, S.J., from Puerto Rico, who will be teaching Spanish during his Regency. Mr. Tony Ortiz, president, also recognized our three founding staff/faculty members who have been with us since day one, Maricruz Maynez, our registrar, and teachers, Sr. Frances Thibodeau, O.P., and Germán Indacochea.
What makes our school distinct from all other schools,” noted Ms. Pat Garrity, our principal, “is that our students work in jobs throughout Chicago. But you also work really hard in your classrooms, on the soccer field, and in your after school activities. The hard work you do now is an investment in your future.” She challenged the students, “I encourage you to work your hardest this year. You may not get straight A’s, but you can feel good about the effort you put in.”
Mr. Ortiz also reminded the students that this is the beginning of our 18th academic year, and just like any 18 year-old, there is additional responsibility that comes with that milestone. “We are the school that started the Cristo Rey Network that has grown to include 26 schools. Continuing on Ms. Garrity’s theme, we are challenged to continue the hard work of the founders, teachers and 1,300 alumni who have come before us who brought us to this year. It is our responsibility to continue that hard work.”