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More Than a Dream : The Cristo Rey Story: How One School's Vision is Changing the World - G. R. Kearney

More Than a Dream

The Cristo Rey Story: How One School's Vision is Changing the World


Published: 1st January 2008
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In a big city there are many big dreams, but only a special few come true . . .The Cristo Rey story is one of the more improbable and inspiring educational success stories in decades. In the early 1990s, the Jesuits in Chicago had an audacious dream—to start a new college prep school for the children of Hispanic working poor. But questions needed to be answered: With so many established Catholic high schools closing their doors, did it make sense to try to build a new one? Would parents support a demanding prep school? Could students overcome deficient academic backgrounds? How could such a school be financed?
Despite many real and potential barriers, the Jesuits set to work—and in 1996, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School opened its doors in Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican-immigrant inner-city neighborhood on Chicago’s Lower West Side.
In More Than a Dream, G. R. Kearney shows how one daring vision became a reality and turned into a resounding success. Through Cristo Rey’s innovative curriculum, creative financing model, and intense devotion to the needs of Hispanic students, the lives of thousands of families continue to be changed. In demonstrating how Cristo Rey has sparked an educational revolution in urban America, the book leaves every reader with a bold challenge: Attempt to change what seems unchangeable.

“Cristo Rey is magical. What you see there is hope and optimism.”
—Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
They built more than a school—they built a future!
Brick by brick, Chicago-area Jesuits saw their dream of starting a new college prep school for the children of Hispanic working poor come true. Student by student, they saw a better and brighter future unfold. You’ll be truly inspired as you read how this Jesuit vision—now a national model for educational success—continues to challenge those who have much and to change the lives of those who have little.
More Than a Dream shines a light into the soul of urban education, illuminating the extraordinary challenges and the breathtaking and transformational results of the Cristo Rey–model schools.”
—Darren Jackson, CFO of Best Buy
“Cristo Rey schools change children’s lives. This is a story that needs to be told.”
—Laura Vanderkam, member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors
“An enticing tale of inspiration, improvisation and innovation . . . A testament to the will and wisdom of a hearty lot who believed in poor kids and who had faith that the impossible is possible in urban education.”
—Jerome T. Murphy, Dean emeritus and Harold Howe II Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Thank you—by purchasing this book, you participate in the ongoing story of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. G. R. Kearney and Loyola Press will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago.

A Story That Needs to Be Toldp. xi
The Vision Takes Shapep. 1
Opening the Envelopep. 3
We Wanted to Be with the Poorp. 13
What the Hell Is a Feasibility Study?p. 21
From Peru to Pilsenp. 35
A Frontier in the Cityp. 45
Dollars, Cents...and Sensep. 59
Backyard Brainstormp. 71
A Brilliant Ideap. 85
An Uncertain Certaintyp. 95
We're Opening This Schoolp. 111
Building a School from the Ground Upp. 121
A New School in Nine Monthsp. 123
Where Are Those Ten Thousand Students Now?p. 135
Opening Daysp. 151
First Day at Workp. 159
Working Out the Work Programp. 171
Deeper into the Redp. 185
What Am I Going to Do in College?p. 205
Enter the Consultantsp. 223
Portland's Callingp. 239
A Brilliant Venture...and a Lot of Capitalp. 255
The Mission Realizedp. 267
Taking Initiativep. 269
Points and the Spreadp. 277
Pedagogy of Humanityp. 287
Portland and Providencep. 299
Maritza and Providencep. 309
Laying Foundationsp. 323
Not Just a Missionp. 337
A Historic Winp. 349
A Woman for Othersp. 359
Conclusionsp. 371
Acknowledgementsp. 387
Sponsoring Businesses and Organizationsp. 391
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ISBN: 9780829425765
ISBN-10: 0829425764
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st January 2008
Publisher: Loyola University Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 13.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.7