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Lead the Way:
Imagining More for Arrupe Jesuit

Jesuits are never content with the status quo, the known, the tried, the already existing. We are constantly driven to discover, to redefine, and reach out for the Magis.

- Jesuit Decree 26


The School that Works

When Denver community leaders gathered over 20 years ago to discuss founding a new Catholic school in the heart of Denver, they sought to meet two goals: to fill a void in the Denver metro area for a Jesuit Catholic high school education and to break the cycle of poverty among Denver’s most deserving students.

Arrupe Jesuit

The school they envisioned would focus on three fundamental principles:


To offer students an experience of faith formation oriented toward a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, one that deepens their understanding of God’s presence in their lives.
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To instill a desire for higher education and prepare students for college through the implementation of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum.


To empower students with real-world work experience that fosters valuable life and work skills.
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​Out of these conversations, in 2003, Arrupe Jesuit High School opened as an apostolate of the Society of Jesus on the corner of 44th and Utica Street in the former Holy Family High School. AJHS was the third of the current 38 Cristo Rey Network schools whose defining cornerstone is its Corporate Work Study Program. 
Over the course of 20 years, Arrupe’s students have far surpassed our founders’ expectations.

100% high school graduation rate

100% college acceptance rate

$122 million earned in merit-based college scholarships

11 alumni have returned to Arrupe as faculty or staff

1169 alumni served

120+ corporate work study partners

61% of alumni have obtained a college degree

$28.6 million earned by students through CWSP jobs through June 2022

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