CRSM, Architect, Receive Prestigious Award for Innovative K-Mart Transformation

Cristo Rey St. Martin, and JGMA Architects were honored with the inaugural 2021 Richard H. Driehaus Legacy Award for Innovation at the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards ceremony on Friday, Oct. 23rd. “We are especially grateful to Juan Moreno and JGMA Architects for bringing life to our vision and creating a beautiful, light-filled home for learning for … Read More

Helping Students Excel: Celebrating Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships

Public officials, students, parents and scholarship donors gathered on Oct. 14 2021 at CRSM to celebrat the power of the innovative statewide programs that gives low-income students the opportunity to attend quality, private schools that meet their diverse learning needs. Alex Leva, a senior at CRSM, understands the impact of the Illinois Tax Credits Scholarships. Her words speak volumes about … Read More

Baird “Kids Win!” Grant Brings Student-Run Coffee Shop Within Reach

Cristo Rey St. Martin is honored to have been selected as an inaugural recipient of The Paul Purcell “Kids Win!” Annual Baird Education Grant. The grant award was established as a tribute to former Baird Chairman Paul E. Purcell who passed away in February 2020. Mr. Purcell was a true champion of Cristo Rey for nearly 25 years.  He frequently … Read More

CRSM Featured on WTTW; Chicago’s PBS Station

On July 20th, WTTW (Chicago’s PBS Station) aired a segment about Cristo Rey St. Martin. The broadcast described the Cristo Rey work-study educational model, and featured several CRSM students discussing their academic pursuits and the benefits of their work commitments. President Kendall discussed the challenges that CRSM is facing during the pandemic with host Brandis Friedman. You can watch the … Read More

Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarships Quadruple the Impact for CRSM

The above graphic says it all. The COVID 19 pandemic has created even greater economic challenges for CRSM and our families. Before the pandemic, the average CRSM family income was under $40,000, and we estimate over 40% of CRSM families have lost one or both incomes since March. The uncertainty of business partners’ return to work plans has increased the … Read More

CRSM Supporters Rally at the Virtual Founders’ Fundraiser 

On Saturday April 18th, CRSM held its first Virtual Founders’ Fundraiser.  This year’s theme, We Are More Than a Building was particularly apropos.  As President Preston Kendall put it, “The problems caused by the pandemic are wide-ranging, including the necessary step to cancel our in-person Founders’ Fundraiser – but we can be together in spirit. It turned out just that … Read More

Huge Construction Project Scheduled to Begin in February

December 5th 2019 At its quarterly meeting, the CRSM Board of Trustees unanimously voted to begin construction of Phase II of the CRSM building.  Phase II includes a gym with a stage, fitness area, locker rooms, additional classrooms, teacher work area, and a chapel.  Work will begin in February of 2020 and should be completed in March of 2021.  The … Read More


The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows individuals and corporations to donate to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) – whose primary aim is to give scholarships to qualifying CRSM students. For their generous donation, donors receive a 75% credit on their Illinois taxes. Donors receive a direct credit, not a deduction. After just one year, 134 students have been able … Read More

Crain’s Chicago Business Names CRSM as Winner

Crain’s Chicago Business announced Cristo Rey St. Martin as a winner in their annual competition which recognizes the area’s best designed workplaces. read the article on Crain’s site here   The 12 Coolest Offices in Chicago 2019 By Jackie Bender What makes an office cool? We use the term as a catchall for a well-designed workplace that’s a good representation … Read More