College Ready

“I admire all the Cristo Rey students who do all of their schoolwork to keep their grades up…

Chris Call
CRSM Biology, Anatomy, Physiology and Environmental Science teacher

Work Prepared

I support Cristo Rey because it works. Supervisors report that these students are professional, serious and focused…

Terry Brady
President, Underwriters Laboratories

Committed to Faith and Justice

“This school changed my life. I want to give back.”

Dulce Zarinana
CRSM ’16, Carthage College ’20, current DePaul University graduate student, Jesuit Volunteer Corps immigration legal advocate and CRSM campus ministry volunteer.

Who
we are

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, a Catholic learning community, empowers young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life.

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Current Students

84

Business Partners

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acceptance to bachelor’s programs

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Volunteer Hours

News & Updates

Students Explore Threats to Democracy, and the Future of America

Students Explore Threats to Democracy, and the Future of America

On Saturday, Sept. 10th, 19 members of the Art Club traveled to the Weinberg/Newton Gallery in Chicago to experience and reflect upon a diverse range of democracy issues presented through the arts, videos, and sculpture. The Weinberg/Newton Museum is a non-commercial...

Corporate Work Study Program Returns to Full Speed

Corporate Work Study Program Returns to Full Speed

Modeling CRSM’s strategic plan to “Survive, Revive and Thrive,” the CRSM Corporate Work Study Program hit the ground running this school year. Almost all the 407 students with business and nonprofit partners. Freshmen spent the last week boarding vans to banks,...

Teachers Freshen Up Their Academic Excellence at “Summer School”

Teachers Freshen Up Their Academic Excellence at “Summer School”

Many CRSM teachers are returning to the classroom this week with a renewed passion for literature, science, leadership, social studies, and a variety of new AP exam testing expertise after attending teacher institutes and professional development programs across the...

Alumni Spotlights

They’re Back! 9 Alums Return to CRSM to Make a Difference

They’re Back! 9 Alums Return to CRSM to Make a Difference

From serving on the leadership team and the board of directors to teaching, navigating student jobs, and mentoring scholarship recipients, to leading retreats for campus ministry, nine CRSM alums have a special connection to the...

First CRSM Alumna Elected to School’s Board of Trustees

First CRSM Alumna Elected to School’s Board of Trustees

Since her freshman year at Cristo Rey St. Martin 16 years ago, Esmeralda “Esme” Silva has been determined to be of service to others. Dedicated to paying her life forward and amplify the voices of victims of violence, the 30-year-old works to end human trafficking in...

Alums Make a Lasting Impact on Waukegan Community

Alums Make a Lasting Impact on Waukegan Community

Inspired by Cristo Rey’s commitment for students to become people for others, three alums from our first and early graduating classes, are embodying the mission to give back and help fellow immigrants and neighbors in Waukegan through several high-profile non-profits...

Admissions

Thank you for considering us! We are an affordable, safe, co-educational, Catholic high school committed to academic excellence for students of limited economic means in the greater Waukegan and North Chicago area.

Thank you for considering us! We are an affordable, safe, co-educational, Catholic high school committed to academic excellence for students of limited economic means in the greater Waukegan and North Chicago area.

Academics

In and out of the classroom, we are committed to students getting to and through college. For five consecutive years, CRSM has been named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”

Work Study

We are preparing students for the future workforce while they work to cover educational costs. Our business partners span industries including financial services, engineering, architecture, law, education and nonprofit organizations.

Student Life

From soccer and volleyball to theater and volunteering to feed and clothe the homeless, we offer a variety of ways for students to get involved.

Our Business Partners