All students who attend Cristo Rey St. Martin are immersed in a culture of becoming college and career ready.  Our goal is to help each student identify their unique talents and interests,  connect those talents with career options, and then provide a pathway to college that will assist them in achieving their career goals.  CRSM graduates demonstrate the ability and determination to complete college and they go on to become influential and inspiring leaders in our society.  

The CRSM College Counseling Department promotes college and career readiness through a diverse assortment of opportunities offered to our students.  

  • College Seminars:
    • Starting freshman year, students are introduced to college-related concepts and the value of obtaining a college degree.
    • Sophomores have the opportunity to learn what happens in a college admissions office and how their applications might be reviewed.
    • Juniors, in small group sessions, lay the foundation for the college application process. They create a resume, research colleges, and craft their college essays.
    • Seniors’ first semester includes weekly college search and application seminars. They can also attend after-school application workshops for additional support. During second semester, seniors participate a six-week College Readiness Group.  This group helps prepare students for what to expect when they begin college. They learn college terminology, identify resources on college campuses, and begin thinking critically about how to approach the next four years of their education.
  • College Visits:
    • Guided by the college counseling team, students visit various local colleges. Students tour the campuses, learn about what the colleges offer, and meet with college admissions representatives.
    • Fly-In Programs: College counselors assist students in applying for fly-ins, targetingspecific colleges that may be good fits for particular students.
  • Pre-College Summer Programs:
    • All CRSM juniors apply to pre-college summer programs throughout the country.  CRSM students regularly attend programs, including the following: Georgetown University, Brown University, Fairfield University, and Marquette University.
  • College Rep Visits:
    • For the first time, in Fall 2018, CRSM will be hosting a college fair at the high school. Over 35 colleges and universities are scheduled to meet with all juniors and seniors on this day.
    • CRSM hosts small group sessions for students where they will meet college representatives from across the country. These sessions help students learn about what colleges offer as well as what college admissions representatives look for as they review incoming applications.
  • Student and Family Support:
    • FAFSA Workshops:CRSM offers several workshops that assist families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Trained volunteers and staff assist CRSM families, as well as other families in our community in completing this important financial aid process.
    • SAT Prep Course:Juniors attend a SAT prep class that is offered after school for 12 weeks leading up to the spring SAT test date. CRSM administers the spring SAT on campus.
    • Networking with Community Resources:The CRSM Counseling Department collaborates with other community organizations:  College Bound Opportunities(CBO), Schuler Scholar Program, Waukegan to College(W2C), and Illinois Student Assistance Commission(ISAC).

After graduation, CRSM alumni receive support from our Director of Alumni Support. This person maintains contact with our graduates to insure that they successfully transition to college and remain on track for graduation. 

Recognizing that academic and career success are linked to holistic wellness, CRSM School Counselors offer a variety of services to address students’ physical, emotional, and social needs.  Counselors meet individually with all freshmen as well as with transfer students who come to CRSM as sophomores or juniors.  They offer supportive counseling for students who are experiencing stressful situations, and they collaborate with community counseling agencies when long-term support is needed.  Counselors also work closely with the school nurse to ensure that students with medical needs are supported and successful.

Here are the members of our counseling staff:

School Counseling:

Deisy DelRio, School Counselor

Christina Dippold, Social Worker/Counselor

College Counselors:

Sharon Holdvogt, College Counselor

Lori Felix, College Counselor

College & Alumni Support:

Melissa Chavez
Director of Alumni College Support
224-215-9400 x308

Mary Ann K. Hocter
Director of Alumni Career Support


College Admissions Representatives: please email to Sharon Holdvogt  schedule a visit to our school.