2017 Year in Review: Successful Milestones

As construction crews work feverishly to finish the transformation of the once vacant Kmart on Belvidere Road into a highly-anticipated, state-of-the art educational hub for our new home in 2018, we’d like to share some milestones. These successes bring hope for a brighter future not only for students and their families, but also for Waukegan.

A snapshot of achievements:

• $25.7 million in college scholarships was awarded to the Class of 2017 graduates, compared to $1 million in 2008
• 98 percent of those students accepted to bachelor’s programs, compared to 40 percent in 2008
• Bachelor’s degree attainment rate jumped to 58 percent, compared to 16 percent nationwide from low-income areas
• Trailblazing alumni are attending major colleges and universities including: Northwestern University (our first student ever was accepted on a full four-year ride to the journalism school at the prestigious private university, which ranks 11th in the country for the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities), Boston College, Brandeis, Loyola University Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Columbia University, Georgetown, Marquette and a graduate program scholarship at Cambridge in England
• Named one of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by The Washington Post for six consecutive years
• Jim Dippold, campus minister, was awarded the “Heart of Connection” Award by the Archdiocese of Chicago
• Over spring break, 10 CRSM students crisscrossed the Midwest to spend a week at the Red Cloud Indian Cristo Rey School on the Pine River Reservation in South Dakota. An equal number of Red Cloud students also visited CRSM for one week through the sharing program between the Latino and Native American cultures.

Check out our most recent annual report for more stories on how far we have come.