Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

Waukegan, IL   |  www.cristoreystmartin.org

Mission

Cristo Rey Saint Martin College Prep, a Catholic learning community, empowers young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. Cristo Rey St. Martin serves students in Lake County, IL - primarily from Waukegan and North Chicago.

Ruling year info

1946

President

Mr. Preston Kendall

Principal

Mr. Michael Odiotti Ph.D.

Main address

3106 Belvidere Road

Waukegan, IL 60085 USA

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Formerly known as

St. Martin de Porres High School

EIN

42-1597059

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The United States wastes a tremendous amount of human capital. Smart, talented, creative, passionate and caring young people from low-income, urban communities are often condemned to living in social isolation with few employment opportunities and disturbingly severe consequences for even the slightest misstep or poor decision. Economic mobility is a myth for many of these young people. Incarceration rates for young people of color are disproportionately higher than for the rest of the population. High school dropout rates exceed 50% for those in the lowest income quintile. College completion rates for this same segment are 8% compared to 32% for the general population. Yet, Cristo Rey St. Martin (CRSM) and its generous supporters are changing that reality in Waukegan and North Chicago. For the 2015-2016 academic year, Cristo Rey St. Martin experienced a four-year retention rate of 81% and 100% of seniors were accepted into college.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Corporate Work Study Program

Every Cristo Rey St.
Martin student carries a full course load of college preparatory coursework and works five full days each month for one of our contracted business partners in our Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). Their employers range from global corporations, local law firms, banks, and hospitals as well as not-for-profits. All of the money that they earn in these entry-level full-time equivalent jobs goes towards their tuition. The cost of one CWSP job (shared by a team comprised of four students) is $35,000.

Besides providing our students with an innovative way
to fund their college prep education, CWSP experience reinforces the critical
thinking skills and positive lifelong learning behavior that are emphasized in
St. Martin classrooms. Our students’ workplace experience allows them to apply
and make connections from the classroom to the world of work and prepares them
- and all Cristo Rey Network students  - for
success in college and throughout their lives.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep invites our students to grow in their faith journey with God. Through our Campus Ministry program, we listen to their needs and help them share their gifts with both their school and the world. As part of our Catholic identity, we respect and appreciate the unique gifts and various religious traditions that reflect the make up of our students and staff.

Becoming people for others is a hallmark of the CRSM experience. In early November, students and staff together participate in two days of community service. CRSM does not have required service hours yet OVER HALF of our students volunteer in their community throughout the school year.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

CRSM’s rigorous 3-prong approach to education – academic excellence, work readiness, and service – allows students who enter high school behind academically to graduate on a path to success. The holistic approach to education develops the heart, mind, and soul of its students, with the ultimate goal to break the cycle of poverty and allow our students to realize opportunities that in the past were just dreams.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Green Flag Award 2013

Eco Schools

Schools That Can Partner School 2012

Schools That Can

Accredation 2011

AdvanceED Illinois

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

College Preparatory High School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A quality that sets Cristo Rey St. Martin apart from many schools is the individual attention given to every student by faculty, counselors, work study staff, campus ministry, and administration.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Adolescents

Related Program

College Preparatory High School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Campus Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students provided over 2600 hours of service to local community nonprofits. The school also invited the community to participate in specific celebrations of Mass at the school and in Taize prayer.

Percentage of students who enter as freshmen that graduate within 4 years

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth

Related Program

College Preparatory High School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The goal is to experience, at minimum, an 80% 4-year retention rate.

Percentage of work study partners who retain job teams year to year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Corporate Work Study Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The goal is to experience a job retention rate of at least 90% from year to year.

Percentage of work study partners expressing satisfaction with student job performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Corporate Work Study Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

The percentage of seniors accepted into 4-year colleges

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

College Preparatory High School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

College Preparatory High School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Cristo Rey St Martin's mission is to create students who are college ready, work prepared, and committed to faith and justice. Cristo Rey St. Martin provides access to quality college prep education exclusively to under-served young people in Lake County, primarily in Waukegan and North Chicago so that they get to and through college.

Lasting change can only occur with the support and investment of all our constituents: students, families, teachers, administrative staff, Corporate Work Study Program partners, and benefactors of our school. Many schools measures success in graduation rates alone, however at CRSM this is just one metric that confirms our work. Success here is broad and all-encompassing—success can only occur when our 3 mission foci of academic rigor, work preparation, and social responsibility overlap. Success at CRSM involves academic growth, individualized learning, collaborative leadership, premier course offerings, college persistence supports, peak enrollment, “full employment" for our student workers, excellent retention rates and acquisition of corporate work study partners, and community excitement and engagement. Economic and social constructs take so much away from young people already, why let education go, too? CRSM overcomes these obstacles through collaboration of a dedicated staff, Corporate Work Study Program and compassionate business partners, and individuals committed to making a difference.

Over the next four years, CRSM looks to maintain a minimum of an 80% 4-year retention rate and see 70% of CRSM alumni earn a Bachelors degree. This will result in a college graduation rate of 56% for CRSM 9th graders. This is 7 times the national average for low-income students and equal to the college graduation rate for the general population.

The strategies for achieving these goals are as follows:

I. Enhance student preparation for college success. This will be accomplished by engaging all CRSM students in some type of summer programming - whether through summer jobs with Corporate Work Study partners (100 students had summer jobs during the 2015 summer), College/University summer programs for high school students, or some other reputable summer program; continuing to increase the academic rigor of the school (increasing the number of students who score a 3 on AP exams and exploring dual-credit options); and continuing to expand college mentoring programs.

II. Raise college persistence and graduation rates. CRSM hired a new position for the 2015-2016 academic year, Director of Alumni Support, who will be focused on providing support to CRSM alumni enrolled in college programs. This first year, her focus is on those students at the College of Lake County since the graduation rates for minorities is so poor there. CRSM is also exploring engaging CWSP partners to help to mentor students. In addition, CRSM is exploring partnerships with existing local colleges to provide structured associate degree programs.

III. Promote CRS faculty and staff stability to encourage stronger, longer-term relationships with students. Strategies to make this happen include canvassing staff to find out what benefits are most important to them, finding creative ways to encourage professional development in the most cost-effective manner, and surveying peer institutions regarding benefits/pay.

IV. Solidify and expand CWSP business partner relationships. This includes achieving 90% of paid corporate jobs when enrollment is at 400 students and maintaining at least a 93% retention rate for corporate jobs from year to year. CRSM is exploring a student skill development badge program, a way of promoting teacher/job partner relationships, and creating professional development opportunities for corporate work study partner supervisors.

V. Complete Phase 1 of the new campus. The organization has purchased a vacant Kmart on Belvidere Road in Waukegan which is now being renovated to provide a safe and modern facility for CRSM students, teachers, staff, and guests. The anticipated move-in date is Spring 2018.

Preston Kendall, President of CRSM since 2011, has continued to upgrade the leadership team members. Since joining he created an entirely new Corporate Work Study Program team, a new Assistant Principal, a new Dean of Students, a new Director of Development, interim CFO, and supporting staff. The staff changes were made to increase enrollment, control the deficit, and create sustainability. The Board of Trustees has grown substantially and now consists of 22 members. Board Members possess expertise across a number of different industries to benefit the school. Board member backgrounds include Personal Finance, Investments, Higher Education, Legal, Non-profit Management, Religious Communities, and Corporate Experience at multinational corporations, local privately held businesses, as well as non-profits.

CRSM's progress in increasing enrollment, raising the jobs fee/price, increasing the number of paying jobs, and increasing income from Development efforts, have combined to now put the school on a stable financial footing.

Each year for the last five years, the school has operated with a slight surplus. Because of this improved financial performance, CRSM completely eliminated its debt load and now raised over $14,400,000 of a major capital campaign. CRSM has a compelling story of meeting a vital educational need in the community; an impressive, established track record of accomplishing goals; and, now, a clear course of action for developing a dynamic new home for CRSM.

CRSM also has a definite asset in its Principal, Michael Odiotti, Ph.D. He has established a clear path for academic success for both students and staff. It has been under his direction that the school established the Summer Bridge Program, the Academic Assistance Program, and the hiring of the Director of Alumni Support. Dr. Odiotti places a focus on individualized student support, encouraging teachers to work collaboratively on instructional strategies for individual students and to participate in weekly 2-hour planning sessions. An Instructional Leadership Team composed of teachers and administrators runs a professional development program that helps drive academic change and excellence.

When describing the success of CRSM, it is easy to cite the balanced budget and increased revenues from the Corporate Work Study Program or fundraising events. Remembering the primary mission of educating students to get them to and through college, measures of success should begin with academics.

For the Class of 2016, CRSM had the highest freshmen to senior retention rate in our school's history with 82% of the students who started as freshmen graduating in June of 2016. 100% of graduating seniors were accepted into college, with 94% accepted into 4-year colleges. CRSM was named as one of America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post for the 5th consecutive year: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Enrollment in CRSM AP classes jumped from 150 in FY14 to 275 in FY16.

Cristo Rey schools are designed to rely on the income from the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) in order to offset the cost of tuition. The Cristo Rey Network has set a target of generating 70% of the annual operating income from the CWSP. In 2011, the CWSP generated less than 50% of the operating income; therefore this needed to be a focus area for improvement. Staffing, student preparation, and student support are now key initiatives to improve job retention/acquisition and the financial footing of the school. These efforts have produced excellent results with CWSP generating 63% of CRSM's operating income in FY16.

One of CRSM's biggest challenges now is generating support for the renovation and move into a new facility. The current facility is too small and far too outdated to enable us to serve our students optimally. The landlord of the current facility has made the decision to not perform any more major repairs to the buildings on the campus. CRSM is currently packing 396 students into a 100-year old building designed for 200 students! The vacant K-Mart space currently under construction will provide an additional 70,000 square feet for our students and the renovation will provide a 21st Century environment for students and staff.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Christopher Perry

CIVC Partners

Term: 2014 - 2017


Board co-chair

G. Preston Kendall

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

Patricia Bidwill

Bidwill Family Foundation

Patrick McGrath, SJ

Loyola Academy

George Rassas

Archdiocese of Chicago

James Thomas

Clerics of St. Viator

Thomas Dee

HealthCare Biotec Executive

Erin Foley

Illinois Club for Catholic Women

Kelly McNamara Corley

Discover Financial Services

Marian Powers

Needles-Powers

John Souter

Rail-Splitter Capital Management, LLC

Juan Gabriel Moreno

Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects

Chuck Greener

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Nicole Mowad-Nassar

Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA

Judy Seiberlich, OP

Sinsinawa Dominicans

Terrence Brady

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Therese Pigott

School of Education, Loyola University Chicago

Christopher Perry

CIVC Partners

James Draths

Lake Forest Bank & Trust Co.

David Kennedy

DBK and Associates

Mary Ryan

Independent Education Consultant

Judy Seiberlich

Sinsinawa Dominicans

Brian Blaser

Abbott

John Powers

North American Corporation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes