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Making Milwaukee A Better City For Tomorrow


Cristo Rey Jesuit, a Catholic high school for young women and men of all faiths and limited financial means, integrates rigorous academics, professional work experiences and spiritual development to empower graduates to succeed in college and life.


Cristo Rey Jesuit graduates will be open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, work experienced and committed to doing justice. They will become leaders committed to a lifelong pursuit of learning, faith and justice.

In partnership with the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, the Cristo Rey Network and the Milwaukee business community, our school will embrace families of limited financial means and promote religious, racial and ethnic diversity. We will nurture our students to be men and women in service to, and with, others through academic achievement, business experience, faith formation and civic leadership.

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The feasibility study for Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee began in the summer of 2012. Led by Marquette University’s College of Education, now-President Andrew Stith, and a Feasibility Study Executive Committee, the comprehensive review of Cristo Rey Jesuit’s fit and viability in the Milwaukee area included surveys of 500 students and parents and interviews with 100 community/education leaders, all of which demonstrated overwhelming support for opening a Cristo Rey Jesuit model school in Milwaukee.

With the proven support, a school site was selected, the minimum start-up funding was secured, and letters of intent were acquired from local businesses to provide work-study jobs for the school’s first class of students. In April 2014, the school was approved by the Jesuits and the Cristo Rey Network. Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee is the 29th Cristo Rey Network School in the United States and opened its doors in time for the 2015-16 school year. The school will continue to add a new freshman class each year, enrolling approximately 400 young men and women at capacity.


In August 2015, the future business, civic and academic leaders of Milwaukee walked through our doors as freshmen. We fully expect 100% of graduates in the Class of 2019 to be accepted into college.

Today, Cristo Rey Jesuit is making Milwaukee a better city for tomorrow.


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