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Life as a CTK Student

High expectations and high support define the Christ the King experience.  We expect students to maintain a culture of excellence and peace as they go about their business in the classrooms, travel the hallways, eat and socialize in the cafeteria, compete on the courts and playing fields and perform on their jobs.  Likewise, the faculty and staff guarantee to give each student their best and believe that every admitted student is capable of success here.  Everything we do is aimed toward the goal of helping our students to become “men and women for others” who graduate from Christ the King as intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, committed to doing justice and positively work experienced.

The CTK Curriculum

Academically, our students are challenged with a college preparatory curriculum that meets or exceeds college admissions standards.  View Academics Home Page

Graduation requirements

(1 Credit = 1 full year of study):

English: 4 Credits

Foreign Language (Latin): 3 Credits (4 credits available)

Math: 4 Credits Science: 3 or 4 Credits

Social Studies: 4 Credits

Religion: 4 Credits

Fine Arts: 1 Credit

Wellness: 1 Credit

Total Academic Credits Required for Graduation: 24

Corporate Work Study Program: 4 Credits

Completion of Christian Service Program

Total: 28 Credits

Sequence of Courses in Core Academic Areas












Algebra I
or Algebra II*

1 Semester Algebra Extension: Foundations & Number Sense

Algebra II or

Geometry or

Pre-Calculus or
AP Calculus/AP Statistics*


Integrated Science



Mathematical Physics


English I: Intro to Literature

English II: World Literature

English III: US Literature

English IV:

African-American Studies

Social Studies


World History or
AP History

US History or
AP History

AP Psychology


Religious Studies I: Catholic Faith Foundations

Religious Studies II: Scripture

Religious Studies III: Morality/Black Catholic Spirituality

Religious Studies IV: Catholic Social Teaching


1 Semester English I Extension: Fundamentals of Grammar & Conventions

Latin I

Latin II

Latin III


1 Semester Wellness

1 Semester Music

1 Semester Art

1 Semester Music

1 Semester College Prep

1 Semester Consumer  Economics

College Prep (full year course)


*Religious Studies is required of all students, although students do not have to be Catholic to attend Christ the King Jesuit College Prep.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: college level classes available to juniors and seniors in the following subject areas:  English, Math, Social Studies and History

In the Jesuit tradition, Christ the King teachers engage the students in spirited discussions in class.  Many teachers have advanced degrees in their subject areas, and they challenge students to think critically, solve problems creatively, articulate clearly in written and spoken word, reflect on their learning, and bring their own backgrounds and experiences into the classroom.  The challenges are high, but the learning is exciting!

Student Support at CTK

When students are asked why they like attending Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, one of the points they bring up time after time is that they are sure the adults—teachers, counselors, pastoral ministers, work study personnel and school staff—care about them as people and are highly interested in their success as students.  In short, they know they are supported academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.  Students come in early to meet their teachers for extra help, stay after school for tutoring, seek out their counselor to help them work through issues at home or with friends and know that they are valued members of the school community.

The school schedule itself promotes a highly supportive school environment.  The daily Huduma period comes from the Swahili word meaning to advise or help or minister, and it is a time for building a positive community among a small group of students, for engaging in activities that will help a student academically, socially and on their jobs, and for socializing with friends.  The Homework Period is also built into the daily schedule as a way to ensure that students have an adequate opportunity to at least start their homework with teachers present—either in a quiet study room, a group study room or a computer lab.

In addition to guidance counselors and pastoral ministers,Christ the King also has a dedicated college counselor, whose responsibility is to guide and advise students as they search for and apply to colleges, seek scholarships and make college decisions.

CTK Athletics and Cocurricular Activities

What is your passion?  Is it cooking or basketball?  Dance or spoken word performance? Theater or volleyball?  Christ the King Jesuit College Prep is the Home of the Gladiators, and students here get involved outside of school and work. We offer teams and clubs in so many areas, and the list grows as the school grows and students expand their areas of interest. 

Athletically, we field a flag football team in the City-Suburban Flag Football League, a women’s volleyball team, men’s and women’s basketball, competitive cheerleading and dance teams, and track and field for men and women.  Our new campus boasts a beautiful gymnasium and fitness center, so there is room for growth in our athletic department, too.


In addition to athletics, students compete on a Know Your Heritage Team and a Chess Team.  They develop their leadership skills through Student Council, Peer Ministry, Klub 3.0 and the Global and Local Social Justice Clubs.  They will have fun in the Cooking Club that began in winter, 2010, in our sparkling new kitchen, and they express themselves artistically in the Theater Group, Gospel Choir, Spoken Word club and soon, instrumental music.  The Journalism Club is headed by an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, and the school is establishing relationships with the Village Players Theater in Oak Park and the theater department of Dominican University to enrich the student experience here at Christ the King. 

Religious and Spiritual Life at CTK

Christ the King Jesuit College Prep is unique in many ways, including our religious tradition and faith-based approach.  We are the first Catholic high school to open on the West Side in over 80 years, but we invite students of all faiths to make us their college prep high school of choice.  We recognize that we must educate the mind, the body and the spirit to truly make a difference in our students’ lives.  We are steeped in the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of education that compels the entire school to do everything “ad majorem Dei gloriam”, a Latin phrase meaning “for the greater glory of God.” 

Daily morning prayer and scripture, religious studies classes, retreats and participation in liturgical and other faith services are all integrated into our curriculum and schedule, and students are required to participate in all of these activities.  Students are welcome to bring their own experiences of faith different from Catholicism to conversations and learning, and those who come with no faith tradition often begin to find a spiritual home right here at Christ the King.

The Campus Ministers attend to the spiritual needs of the students and nurture spiritual leadership among a group of students who act as Peer Ministers. 

A pillar of Jesuit education is putting one’s words into action, so all students serve others who are less fortunate through our Christian Service program.   They feed the homeless, tutor children, visit the elderly and perform service at home and at school.  Our students are committed to doing justice and are a force for good on the West Side.

CTK Corporate Work-Study Program
Christ the King students will participate in a Corporate Internship Program where they will learn to become dependable, responsible workers with high ethical standards.  This program allows students to put to test the leadership skills they learn in the classroom and experience the dignity of work. 

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions at 773-261-7505.


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