CRSM Scholars Attend On-Site Kick-Off

On July 12th, college counselors, Sharon Holdvogt & Beth Kainic, accompanied ten rising CRSM seniors to the 5th Annual Scholars College Fair at University of Illinois. The event brings in over 150 colleges and universities from around the country to meet the new class of 2020 who are in the process of building their potential college list. CRSM students attended … Read More

President’s Pen: March 2014

Normally at our Founders’ Dinner, we would not have had students dancing and performing a skit. Normally, we would have heard a speech from one of our students. We might have heard from one of our alumni: a young man studying Business on a full-ride scholarship at Georgetown. He may have told us that during his junior year at CRSM, … Read More

March Campus Ministry News: Becoming “People for Others”

A large part of the Cristo Rey experience is community service and volunteerism. Social justice and responsibility are often discussed in class and put into practice during Feast week, but students are NOT required to fulfill any service commitments or spiritual obligations. Despite having no service hour requirements, CRSM students give back anyway. 2159 hours spent volunteering at sites like … Read More

January Academic News: Mission

At Cristo Rey St. Martin, our mission is to get students to and through college. “To college,” is our hope that each CRSM student will graduate high school and gain college acceptance,” and“through college,” and successfully persist through higher education. Most of us accept persistence (academic success and graduation) as the norm, but many young people from urban communities like Waukegan and North … Read More

President’s Pen: January 2014

There are heroes among us.  Humble, hardworking, quiet heroes of faith who inspire and support our students in ways we will never know. Often in ways they themselves will never know. These heroes are the parents and guardians of our students and their heroism is derived from an abiding hope.  All of us who are parents (or take on the … Read More

President’s Pen: December 2013

One of our alumni will be graduating Boston College in 2014.  He just informed us of his acceptance into Teach-For-America.  He will be teaching in a challenging neighborhood in Milwaukee next school year. Another alumna attending Alleghany College was awarded a special grant to do environmental impact research in the Jungles of Peru over the summer. Yet another alumna in … Read More

November Academic News: CRSM grads are prepared for work

On Nov 15, Peter Cappelli of the The Wall Street Journal warned students against focusing too narrowly during their collegiate careers and advocated for a broad, liberal arts education. His warnings arise from the changing economy and corporate trends, as well as evidence from The Chronicle of Higher Education Survey of Employers. This study found that work experience tops the attributes companies look for when evaluating … Read More

October Academic News: Students enroll in online JVLA courses

Did you know that Cristo Rey St. Martin students take C++, Arabic, and Italian? While we don’t offer these classes on campus, our students “attend” via an online learning program offered by the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy (JVLA). The JVLA was established six years ago to harness the collaborative capacity of the Jesuit secondary school network and better utilize technological … Read More