Points of Pride: Striving “ever to excel”

During the last 10 years, Cristo Rey St. Martin has achieved “all-time best results,” in many academic categories, said Principal Michael Odiotti. “If we put this growth in results in context to 2008-2009 (the first year we began our work together) our growth is truly remarkable.”

  • 84 percent increase in students receiving a 3.0 (a key marker of college readiness based on alumni data)
  • 70 percent of students in 2017-2018 are on the honor roll (3.0 or higher) compared to 38 percent in 2008-2009
  • 97 percent of students got a 2.0 or higher compared to 68 percent in the 2008-2009 school year
  • Reduced the failure rate by 94 percent: failure rate was .6 percent in January 2018 compared to 10.3 percent in 2008-2009

“This year’s benchmarks have set a new bar that will be tough to match and exceed, but I am confident that with the staff and students we have in this community that we can continue to improve on what we have done and accomplished,” said Odiotti. “Thanks to each of you for your part in helping the organization achieve these phenomenal results and may we continue to seek and work so that we always strive ‘ever to excel.'”

Other significant achievements include:

  • Higher rates of graduation, college for first generation students already underway
  • Drop-out rates extremely low – for the Class of 2017, there was 86% retention of students from freshmen through senior year
  • 98% of the Class of 2017 was accepted to a four-year college
  • Class of 2017 was awarded over $25.7M in college scholarships
  • Named one of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by The Washington Post for six consecutive years
  • 58% percent the Class of 2013 has already earned a bachelor’s degree – CRSM’s goal is to have 70% of grads complete college degrees by 2020, and they are well on their way to reaching that goal