Classy Reunion: Welcoming Home Alumni

From Duke University in North Carolina, Johns Hopkins in Maryland and Marquette and Loyola universities closer to home, more than 50 CRSM alumni and about 10 teachers and staff gathered on Dec. 22, 2016 at Salutos Italian Restaurant in Gurnee to celebrate the Christmas holiday and reunite with former classmates. Sharing stories and tales from the college front, many of … Read More

January President’s Pen: CRSM Students Hope that, “America will be!”

Cristo Rey St. Martin and the American Dream are nearly synonymous. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if photos of our students and their parents were the first things that appeared when you looked up “The American Dream” in Wikipedia. Our students come from hard working families determined to pull themselves up and provide a better life for their children. … Read More

Cristo Rey Network Principals Travel to Waukegan for Inspiration

On Jan, 25, 2017 we welcomed principals from across the Cristo Rey Network to observe in our classrooms and learn about how we do things here. The annual Cristo Rey Network principal’s meeting took place in Chicago, but attendees made the 48 mile trek to Waukegan for the day. About 20 principals from Cristo Rey schools across the country toured CRSM … Read More

Express Yourself Cristo Rey!

CRSM students have been busy preparing for the First Annual Express Yourself Cristo Rey! Fine Arts Exhibition, Feb. 16, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cristo Rey St. Martin. The evening also will include live stage performances of original poetry and one-act plays. This event is free and open to the public. Even though CRSM does not offer art … Read More

Trailblazer: First-Gen College Grad Sprints into Entrepreneurial Career

At 24, Baltazar Pizano is poised in the first half of 2017 to launch a promising start-up, join his father in his entrepreneurial efforts, and pass the CPA exam — with an ultimate goal of a long-term career in private equity. Less than two years after graduating with honors from Loyola University, this millennia and Class of 2011 CRSM graduate is currently … Read More

Architect’s Newspaper Features New CRSM Campus Plans

The Architect’s Newspaper featured plans for our new building in their Jan, 11, 2017 issue: JGMA overhauls a former Kmart for a progressive Chicago high school program Before JGMA was given the job to design a new school for the Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep (CRSM), it was working with students and faculty in design charrettes. The high school … Read More

Chicago Tribune Features CRSM Emmy

The Chicago Tribune recently featured Cristo Rey St. Martin winning an Emmy in the headline: Chicago Tribune/Lake County News Sun, Jan. 10, 2017 Documentary about Waukegan school wins Chicago Emmy Award The short documentary about Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan was awarded an Emmy last month for Outstanding Achievement for Public/Current Affairs Programming. “A Day in the … Read More

President’s Pen: Celebrating the CRSM Spirit of Giving and Generosity

The last day of finals and all through the school People were prepping for a wonderful Yule. The Work Study drivers return from their routes Their students depart amid laughter and shouts. Some teachers remain, still posting their grades As the last bit of daylight gradually fades. A food pantry trip, the last this semester, Is Campus Ministry’s parting, unselfish … Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass Celebrates Hope, Healing and Strength

Bearing flowers and lifting their voices and hearts in song, CRSM students, faculty, staff and supporters gathered Dec. 12, 2016 to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe during a Mass presided by Father Ronald Hicks, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In honor of the annual tradition, the seniors took the lead in preparing the Mass, including … Read More

Applied Excellence: Record Number of Applicants

As the number of Cristo Rey students and alumni continues to grow, and as the impact the school has made in the Waukegan area over the last 12 years increases, the demand for young people seeking to attend continues to ramp up. This year we have 166 applications for the 110 openings for the freshman class of 2017. That’s up … Read More