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.
Today’s readings call us to look deep within ourselves and recognize our mistakes, as difficult as this introspection may be. It is so easy to violate God’s commandments and to take actions contrary to those God asks us to take. The first reading reminds me of the daunting feeling I sometime feel after making my examination of conscience before receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. Feelings of regret and unworthiness come to mind. Click the article title to read full reflection...
Who knew that when Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited Arrupe Jesuit High School last year to present a voter registration award it would lead to reducing a backlog at the SOS this year?
When students head back to school this month they will be assigned desks, lockers, homework and in the case of Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, jobs.
"Giving youth opportunities to succeed in their education and prepare for their future is instrumental to families and communities. CHFA is honored to partner with Arrupe Jesuit and to support their positive impact on students' lives," said Cris White, executive director and CEO of CHFA.
“I’ve learned a lot about being a woman for others,” said Navarro, who wants to stay in Denver and work with underserved communities. Next, she plans to pursue her master’s via Regis’ Family Nurse Practitioner program.
“My vision remains rooted in the original vision of the school, which is to serve families and students who, for many reasons beyond their own control, have been traditionally underserved,” O’Hagan said. “I want to make sure that Arrupe is always connected to its mission of serving young people and families in this Jesuit Catholic tradition.”
"This is Catholic social doctrine—which teaches the empowerment of the poor and the unleashing of their potential—in action. Catholic schools in inner-city America have always been the Church’s most effective anti-poverty program. Keeping those schools alive under very different circumstances than those portrayed in The Bells of St. Mary’s means meeting serious challenges through creative educational programs and imaginative funding. The Cristo Rey schools, which are some of the best news in U.S. Catholicism in 2018, are shining examples of both."
We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has elected Michael J. O'Hagan as the next president of Arrupe Jesuit High School. Click below for more details!
In a ceremony filled with prayers and promise, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Monday recognized Arrupe Jesuit High School for its efforts in getting students registered to vote!
A+ Colorado usually highlights an innovative, effective public school, whether, district-managed, innovation or charter, but this month we wanted to share some practices from a private school with a strong public mission.
See what class of 2007 graduate, Michelle Spreutels Martinez, is up to in this follow-up story from 9News. They originally followed Michelle during her senior year and graduation from Arrupe Jesuit, and we're thrilled to have been a part of her success!
Janet Hernandez graduated from Arrupe Jesuit in 2013 and was the first in her family not only to graduate from high school but to go on to college. As an ACE Scholar, Janet excelled at Arrupe Jesuit in both her academic courses and her Corporate Work Study Program job placements. We were not surprised then to learn that as Janet completes her college degree at Metropolitan State University, she does so as the University’s first recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Congratulations, Janet! With this scholarship, Janet will head to South Korea to teach elementary students. Read all about Janet’s experience in this wonderful piece from MSU Denver!
DeMarco Randall, AJHS Class of 2017, shares the impact school choice has had on his education.
After such an occasion, it's likely safe to add Arrupe Jesuit High School to the ever-growing list of pro-life warriors in this generation who are committed to defending the unborn and the inherent dignity of all life! Read more on page 16.
Arrupe Jesuit graduate, Dau Doldol, spoke in front of 1,600 ACE Scholarships supporters on May 25, 2016. We are so happy to be a part of Dau's amazing journey and look forward to seeing all that he accomplishes in the future!
Celebrating the graduates from Arrupe Jesuit High School, and all of our Denver Catholic schools! See pages 11 and 18 for AJHS coverage.
Ross Izard of the Independence Institute sits down with Principal Michael O'Hagan and AJHS senior, Miguel, to talk about his experience at Arrupe Jesuit.
In a special interview with Dan Koken from Denver Test Prep, Denver 7 explores the implementation of the new SAT exam.
Senior, Jason Kibozi, works in the DCR Communications office, and wins November employee of the month! See page 12 for coverage.
Arrupe Jesuit graduate, Jose Madrid, spoke amongst some of our countries leaders in education this past spring. We are so proud of his accomplishments and humbled by the words said regarding his Arrupe Jesuit education. Fast forward the video to the 1 hour, 13 minute mark to watch his speech.
President Bush highlighted Cristo Rey as a successful and innovative school model at the White House Summit on Inner-City Children and Faith-Based Schools.
By Robert Pigott
By Tracy A. Huebner and Grace Calisi Corbert
A WestEd Study Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
By Diana Jean Schemo