Academic Success and How to Get There

“We must stay nimble and flexible. This is especially true now in regards to managing the realities of this pandemic. We need to realize that we will have to constantly adapt and change what we do this academic year to ensure that we offer the best and safest educational experience possible.”                                                                                   -Dr. Michael Odiotti

On September 25th, Dr. Odiotti moderated one of many Professional Development (PD) Days at CRSM. As pedestrian as PD Day might sound, at Cristo Rey these meetings truly are the stuff of success. After a quick read of the agenda and the accompanying list of objectives, one realizes that these meetings are efficient, dense and focused. Clear, objective descriptions such as: Participants will hear insights from the counseling department and develop strategies and ideas to engage parents and families in support of our students were the order of the day.

In an educational situation that can only be described as fluid, staff and faculty are adapting quickly. Data is unpacked – good or bad, complications are shared and solutions are created. But it was not all nose-to-the-grindstone. Odiotti, a devotee of celebrating success, made it clear that, despite the significant hurdles that the pandemic has put in front of CRSM, there’s plenty to crow about.

  • CRSM’s daily attendance average topped 99%
  • Over 75% of CRSM students have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP Tests) results showed extraordinary growth by the Sophomore Class (2023)  – nearly tripling the national average in math and reading.
  • CRSM Freshmen (Class of 2024) collectively scored higher on the MAP reading test than any prior CRSM Freshman class.

The day ended with a presentation of actionable classroom methods by consultant Sini Stephan titled: Inclusive Representation in the Classroom.

As CRSM enters its eighth week of classes, efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have been successful. There have been several identified cases, all of which have come from beyond the CRSM school community, and all were prevented from spreading within the building.

In response to the pandemic, CRSM created a hybrid teaching/learning strategy that combines synchronous and asynchronous methods which meets all CDC and ISBE guidelines for the safety of teachers, students and work-study supervisors.