For the fifth straight year, all graduating seniors have been accepted to a four-year college or university! Director of Postgraduate Success Zuleyka Rios and college counselors Kate Rodriguez and Francisco Hernandez worked with the class throughout the year to help each student find the right college experience. Rios said, "The Class of 2023 has demonstrated a lot of dedication and persistence in their college and scholarship applications. Our team is so proud of them for hitting this milestone only a few weeks into the second semester of their senior year."

In order to ensure the “Best Fit” college experience for each student, the 89 seniors:

  • Completed and submitted 912 applications
  • Received 504 acceptances
  • Averaged 6 acceptances per student

Among the colleges that the class of 2023 have been accepted are (as of mid-February):

  • Alverno College
  • University of Arizona
  • Boston University
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Carroll University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • DePaul University
  • Edgewood College
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • Lakeland University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Marquette University
  • Michigan State University
  • Mount Mary University
  • Ripon College
  • Saint Louis University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Saint Norbert College
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Xavier University

95% of the class of 2023 will be the first in their family to attend college. In a special all-school assembly, seniors will announce their college selection as part of the Senior Signing Day celebration on May 16th. Stay tuned for more exciting college acceptance news as the class of 2023 gets closer to graduation.


CRJ families were invited to celebrate students who achieved Honor Roll for semester 1

Through my 20-year education career and as a father of four children, I have come to believe that there is no substitute for a parent-educator partnership in a child’s education. This is not to say that a student who doesn’t have an engaged parent is not going to make it. Indeed, I have seen examples of students who overcome this reality and succeed. It is just a fact, however, that when parents and educators are on the same page mutually reinforcing values, behavioral expectations, and study habits, students are the winners.

Parent engagement at Cristo Rey Jesuit comes in a variety of forms. While we are always seeking to develop new ways of engaging parents in their child’s learning, we are blessed to experience the ways parents are currently active and supportive of our school. Recently, our Commons was filled with parents and siblings of our students to celebrate our students who achieved honor roll status for the first semester. It was wonderful to see the robust family turnout at the celebration. We also celebrated Catholic Schools Week at the end of January. I always look forward to the potluck lunch provided by parents for our staff members. We have some amazing parent cooks who provide fresh, homemade cultural dishes as well as tasty desserts. Lastly, parents of some of our students have stepped up in important ways to help the school. When we were looking for someone to help us with plantings and landscaping to beautify the front entrance when we installed our St. Ignatius statue, we turned to our parents to assist us. We also have parents who work in our business office, our front office, and drive students to work in our vans. Parents also help us to recruit students, and they’ve provided feedback for our strategic plan. Our parents support us in very important ways.

We are fortunate to work with parents who support the beliefs and values of our school and their child’s education. Our Catholic and Jesuit tradition teaches that parents are the first teachers of their children and they choose our school so we may reinforce and develop their children in ways that reflect our shared values and beliefs. A few years ago, I interviewed a parent who had applied to work at Cristo Rey Jesuit and asked her about her experience as a parent so far. She said, “Cristo Rey is a blessing to me and my family.” I’ve always remembered the grateful words of that parent because I am as grateful to parents for their support as they are for the education and opportunities we provide their children. While our students’ efforts are central to a successful educational experience at Cristo Rey Jesuit, we’ll continue to cultivate relationships with our parents to strengthen our community, and ultimately, ensure a partnership working in tandem to guide and develop our young people to reach their full potential.


(Pictured from left to right: Abigail Rose '21, Ashley Benito '20, Jack Nash, Mariana Gonzalez-Torres '20)

On Friday, January 20th, three CRJ alumnae were inducted into Marquette University's Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, a program designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies who have shown strong academic potential. Through the program, Abigail Rose ‘21, Ashley Benito ‘20 and Mariana Gonzalez-Torres ‘20 will participate in regular research-based coursework, research seminars, paid research internships, and will have a support system when applying to graduate school. CRJ teacher Jack Nash was in attendance and taught AP Seminar and AP Research to Abigail and Ashley in their time at CRJ. Congratulations to Abigail, Ashley and Mariana on this accomplishment, and we wish you continued success in your college endeavors!

Learn more about the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program


Congratulations to Jonathan Monreal (pictured with trophy) on being nominated for The Milwaukee High School Sports Awards boys soccer player of the year! The winner will be announced during the live show on May 23 at The Pabst Theater. The Milwaukee High School Sports Awards show is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country! Congratulations and good luck Jonathan!

Learn more about the awards and view nominees


Cristo Rey Jesuit empowers its graduates to succeed in college and life. The spring of 2023 marks a milestone in the history of the school as the founding class of 2019 will become college graduates. This month's Class of 2019 spotlight focuses on Joshua Ruiz. Joshua is attending Marquette University and will be pursuing a career in teaching upon graduation. We spotlighted Joshua last March when he returned to CRJ as a student teacher. Discover how this Trailblazer is prepared for success in college and life.


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