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At Arrupe High School, we take immense pride in our alumni and their achievements. Today, we want to shine a spotlight on one of our remarkable graduates, Nestor, whose journey from his vibrant Denver neighborhoods to a fulfilling career as a school social worker has been nothing short of inspiring.

Here at Arrupe High School, we are blessed with a faculty that is not only dedicated but also deeply passionate about our mission to nurture the hearts and minds of our students. Today, we want to shine a spotlight on one of our extraordinary educators who has been an integral part of our community for five years now - Valerie Sarracino, our Spanish teacher and Department Chair.

Arrupe Jesuit High School takes pride in the remarkable individuals who contribute to this vibrant learning community. Today, we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on Mark Ladd, a devoted teacher and coach who has been a cherished member of the Arrupe community and family for eight years. His journey from the Southside of Chicago to Arrupe, via Saint Louis University, is a testament to his unwavering commitment to education, athletics, and the holistic development of young minds at Arrupe.

Despite the remarkable achievements of our students over the last 20 years, Arrupe Jesuit has reached a moment of reckoning. In late 2018, school leadership and the Board of Trustees embarked on a comprehensive strategic planning process to guide the school’s focus and allow for the fullest expression of the school’s mission.

As we reflect on the past 20 years at Arrupe Jesuit High School, there are stories of remarkable individuals who have emerged from the halls of Utica street,  armed with knowledge, character, and an unyielding spirit. Among these exceptional alumni stands Omar, a testament to the transformative power of education and the nurturing environment Arrupe provides.

In the bustling city of Snohomish, Washington, a small town just north of Seattle, Chris embarked on a journey that would shape his passion for education and service. Growing up on his father's farm, he learned the value of hard work and the beauty of nature. Little did he know that these early experiences would lay the foundation for his future endeavors in education.

Happy feast day! Today  we celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. As we look forward to the school year to come, let us call upon St. Ignatius’s intercession and the intercession of all the saints to guide, protect, and inspire our community.

"Leprino has always encouraged me to pursue further education and strive for more. They see potential in us that we might not see in ourselves."

“I’m so excited to be returning to Arrupe, which has always been close to my heart! I am humbled to be walking in the footsteps of many great Jesuits, and I look forward to all the blessings God has in store in the year to come.” Fr. Hotop, SJ

"In my opinion, our partnership yields more benefits for us than it does for you. Your students serve as an inspiration for our team, as they represent our community and are a valuable investment."

The students from Arrupe Jesuit High School, having completed the innovation and entrepreneurship course for college credit, were invited by Google to embark on an extraordinary adventure.

As far as events go at Arrupe, it’s difficult to have a favorite, but we recently hosted one of the most special events of the year known as Senior Community Day.

This year's PAWC was an enormous success, with many outstanding submissions from students in all grades.

Ty Smith is a remarkable faculty member at Arrupe Jesuit High School, with a passion for education and a dedication to his students' growth and development.

Arrupe Jesuit launches its first ever cheer program. Coach Mandi Lopez brings her winning experience and passion for cheerleading to AJHS.

As a proud alumna of Arrupe Jesuit High School, I often reflect on how my experience at this incredible school has shaped my life and career.

We are ecstatic to announce that ten of our seniors have been awarded the prestigious Daniels Scholarship, making Arrupe Jesuit the school with the most recipients from a single institution.

Estefany's journey to becoming a faculty member at her alma mater is one that's been shaped by her experiences growing up, studying at Regis University, and working in various positions before ultimately finding her calling in education.

Looking back, Veronica is grateful she chose to attend Arrupe Jesuit High School as her experience played a vital role in her success today.

One of the many talented staff members we would like to spotlight is Vianney Rodriguez, the Director of Operations for the Corporate Work Study Program.

Arrupe Jesuit High School and Regis University Announce Partnership to Offer Entrepreneurial Innovation Class for College Credit And Will Host Pitch Event At the University

Arrupe Jesuit High School has been chosen as the 9News Cool School for the month of February!

We had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Arrupe Jesuit alumna, Alejandra Luna (2007).

Citlalith Medrano, Class of 2017, is currently an Admissions Counselor at her alma mater and we couldn't be more proud. Read on to learn how Arrupe contributed to her success after graduation.

Our greatest joy at Arrupe is to discover what our students achieve after graduation. Here, we'd like to highlight Selena, class of 2012, who is currently the Director of Internal Communications at Denver Public Schools.

Arrupe Jesuit High School is excited to announce its new Director of Athletics and Activities, Thomas McCarty. Mr. McCarty comes to our community with nearly every level of experience in Denver Catholic athletics — as an athlete, coach, administrator and referee! He will begin his position at Arrupe Jesuit on September 1, 2022.

Arrupe Jesuit Principal, Fr. John Nugent, Shares his experiences with Jesuit education and the lasting impressions that still guide his approach today. “At Arrupe Jesuit, I am able to utilize what I feel are my greatest gifts in service of those who deserve great opportunities but cannot always access them,” he said. “My Catholic and Jesuit education has taught me that where there is greater need, that is where I need to be.”

9 Arrupe Jesuit Seniors have been selected as Finalists for the Daniels Scholarship, the largest group from any one high school across a four-state radius.

As president of Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, Michael O’Hagan is grateful for and continually transformed by the school community he leads.
In its 18 years of existence, Arrupe Jesuit has developed a reputation for developing leaders in the Denver and greater Colorado communities – accepting students in great financial need and, by graduation, securing college acceptances for 100 percent of them.

The Daniels Fund has reached $1 billion in giving since its founding just over 20 years ago. During that time, the foundation has awarded more than 13,000 grants and nearly 4,600 college scholarships. The billion-dollar mark was officially crossed when the Daniels Fund awarded a $200,000 grant to Arrupe Jesuit High School.

Each year during the fall semester, Arrupe Jesuit welcomes groups of 8th-grade students from middle schools around the Denver Metro Area to visit the school for a day, attend classes, learn about our school and program offerings, and get a feel for student life. This fall, we were able to bring 220 students to visit Arrupe through our 8th Grade Visit Program! 

The Cristo Rey Network has been globally recognized for its work on high school education, receiving a World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award and the CLASSY Award for Educational Advancement. It was one of eight organizations selected to present at the United States Department of Education’s Rethink K-12 Education Summit. This network of Roman Catholic high schools, spanning 24 states, has drawn particular notice for its work-study program. Given pressing concerns about workforce readiness and educational access, I thought it timely to ask network President Elizabeth Goettl about this innovative work-study approach.

Renovations of Regis University’s practice fields are underway thanks to the generosity of Shea Homes and the Shea Family. The joint-use agreement for the renovated fields will ensure that student athletes from Arrupe Jesuit High School have a home field at Regis University. The modernized and enhanced fields will benefit Regis’ soccer, lacrosse and rugby teams and provide a new, illuminated state-of-the-art venue for the Arrupe boys and girls soccer teams.

With its social justice-oriented, holistic approach and small size, Holy Cross has a long history of first-generation student success First-gen students at the College are graduating at a rate equal to or higher than their Holy Cross peers. Victoria De Leon, Arrupe Jesuit Class of 2018, says college was “uncharted waters” for her and her family. At Holy Cross, De Leon sought out programs to connect her to other first-generation students. “The weight of being a first-generation college student was too heavy for me to carry on my own,” says De Leon, a political science and Spanish double major with a concentration in Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies.

Arrupe Jesuit High School is excited to join the other Jesuit apostolic works and communities in the Denver metro area in celebrating the worldwide Ignatian Year. This link will remain updated as events are added in the area.

Samantha Cordova, AJHS Class of 2012, shares with CBS local news about how she keeps in touch with her family while stationed overseas in the military.

The Daniels Fund has announced the names of 240 high school seniors from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who have earned a place in the Daniels Scholarship Program. Daniels Scholars demonstrate the strength of character, leadership potential, and a commitment to serving the community that will position them for success. They are selected because they possess these and other distinguishing qualities and values that were important to founder, Bill Daniels.

Arrupe Jesuit High School and YES Communities, a Denver based operator of manufactured housing, have joined together to make education a priority. Over the last eleven years, Arrupe and YES have partnered on the CorporateWork Study Program which develops students with on the job technical skills that they can use in their future career path, while earning funds towards the cost of their education.

Adriana Gomez, AJHS Class of 2014, is pursuing her MAsters Degree in Microbiology & Immunology at Georgetown University.

Catch up on the latest news from Arrupe Jesuit High School, including information about Magis Night 2021.

Cristo Rey Network was featured in Education Next for our alternative pathway (CWSP) for our students' success.

Graduation celebrations, from virtual to drive-through, begin this weekend across Cristo Rey schools to celebrate the hard work and resilience of our Class of 2020. Cristo Rey Network Board Member JoAnn Chávez, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at DTE Energy, shares an empowering message of hope and inspiration to our seniors.

Arrupe Jesuit High School celebrates the graduating Class of 2020 with outstanding class statistics and a special celebration of their accomplishments.

As Arrupe Jesuit navigates the disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis, so do our corporate partners. While our students are not able to work at their jobs, they continue their CWSP experience this spring semester remotely. Our CWSP team is working hard to keep students engaged with career-preparatory curriculum while also supporting corporate partners as they navigate this crisis. 

Destiny Arias, AJHS Class of 2019, is the featured volunteer this month for her work as an intern with Florence Crittenton Services. Her internship is part of a service learning course she is taking during her first year at Regis University.

Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, recorded this video recently in Rome. In it, he reflects on one of the ways we might find meaning during these anxious times.

Arrupe Jesuit Graduate, DeMarco Randall, shares about his experience at St. John's University as a first generation college student. “It’s made me feel like I have the ability to accomplish anything,” he said “There’s no limit to what I can dream about doing.” “Knowing strangers were willing to give to help make this experience possible for me makes me want to give back as well when I get the opportunity in the future.”

Arrupe Jesuit High School Congratulates 8 Seniors selected as finalists for Daniels Scholarship Program

Innovest Portfolio Solutions deploys its staff as volunteers throughout the year for a wide variety of charities in the Denver area; they also work with economically disadvantaged students to provide valuable work experience and help pay for their tuition.