November 27, 2017 — Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee recently announced a new location for the school, a move made necessary due to the success of the school and growth in enrollment during the school’s first three years. Students and faculty are expected to move into the facility in Fall of 2019.
“We have exceeded enrollment projections thanks to tremendous community support for our urban work-study model,” said Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee president Andy Stith. “This new building will provide the space and amenities needed to continue providing our students with a high-quality education and we’re excited about the next chapter for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee.”
This new location is a part of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee’s long-term strategic plan. The school is in its third year with an enrollment of 324 students and is currently located at 1215 S. 45th Street in West Milwaukee. The new building will be at 1818 W. National Avenue in Milwaukee. The school will welcome its fourth class of students in the fall of 2018 and will graduate its first class of seniors in the spring of 2019. Based on current enrollment and admissions activity, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School projects a total ongoing enrollment of 500 students. The new location is more than double the size of the school’s current facility and can accommodate all of the programming required for Cristo Rey’s college preparatory and work-study programming.
The location was chosen based on its accessibility to major roads and highways to provide easy access for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School families as well as to transport the students to their corporate work-study program locations. It was also chosen based on other factors such as safety and security features as well as provides enough space to optimize programming well into the future and has plenty of parking space.
“The location on National Avenue is the right choice for our parents and students because we are a destination high school,” said Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Governance Board Chair Paul Eberle. “It is accessible to the families we serve and we can easily get to any local partner business in the metro Milwaukee area for our work study program. In addition, this location on National Avenue allows us to optimize our educational model by expanding our academic, athletic and artistic offerings. This investment both allows us to help students develop to their full potential as well as favorably impact the Milwaukee community.”
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee, is part of the Cristo Rey Network, which serves young men and women of limited financial means by integrating rigorous academics, professional work experiences and spiritual development. Each student works one day a week at one of the school’s corporate work partners around the metropoilitan area. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee works with 58 Milwaukee-area corporate partners including Aurora Health Care, Hatch Staffing Services, Harley-Davidson, and Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee’s 12th District. The Cristo Rey Network was founded in 2000 following the success of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, which opened in 1996. There are now 32 schools in 21 states that follow the Cristo Rey model.