History

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In 2005, we began a journey down an uncharted path – believing that together we could provide children on the West Side of Chicago the opportunity to not only earn a better education, but to better realize the unique gifts that God has entrusted to them.

For all of our students, we are more than their school — we are their future.  The University of Chicago has quantified the challenges our scholars face.  More than half of the children in our neighborhood will not complete high school.  More than 94% of the young men will fail to earn a college degree by their 25th birthday.

At Chicago Jesuit Academy we prepare all of our students to succeed in college prep high schools and beyond.  After high school, CJA expects all of our alumni to have the opportunity to attend a college or university that will enable them to further develop their personal, professional and academic talents.

During their four years of study with us, our first graduating classes have made — on average — between six and seven years of academic grade-level progress.  Every CJA graduate has earned admission to at least one college prep high school.  Our alumni attend Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, Loyola Academy, St. Ignatius College Prep, Noble Street Charter Schools, Culver Academy (IN), Episcopal High School (VA), La Lumiere (IN) and other fine college prep high schools.

Our commitment to our students extends well beyond middle school to include college-persistence programming for our alumni during high school and the transition to college.  We expect that the young men who attend CJA will be the next generation of leaders in the City of Chicago.