Arrupe Jesuit High School

Mission & History

Arrupe Jesuit High School is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school sponsored by the Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province. Arrupe Jesuit serves economically disadvantaged students from Denver’s inner-city neighborhoods. By enhancing the human, intellectual, and spiritual capacities of our students through a rigorous, innovative, and affordable college preparatory education, we offer hope for a brighter future to some of Denver’s neediest youth. Our goal is to empower graduates who will continue their education and return as leaders in their communities.
Arrupe Jesuit High School is the 47th college preparatory Jesuit High School in the United States and was designed primarily to serve the economically disadvantaged in the city of Denver.

Arrupe was founded by the Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province (formerly the Jesuits of the Missouri Province) and is part of a larger Jesuit educational tradition in the Denver area along with Regis University and Regis High School, both founded in 1877.

Cristo Rey Network ®
Arrupe is modeled after the extremely successful Cristo Rey Jesuit High School located in Chicago. Arrupe is also part of the Cristo Rey Network® which is a national association of high schools that provides quality, catholic, college prep education to low-income families who otherwise could not afford such an opportunity.

Cristo Rey-model high schools currently enroll 9,800 students in 30 schools in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Each school has its own identity and curriculum but is characterized by the Corporate Work Study Program.
"The Cristo Rey Story: More Than a Dream" from Loyola Press offers a great history of the first Cristo Rey school in Chicago Illinois.  To learn more, or to purchase a copy, click here.