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Who We Are

Resurrection College Prep High School is the largest Catholic college preparatory high school for young women on the northwest side of Chicago.  Established by the Sisters of the Resurrection in 1922, Resurrection has a long history of encouraging young women to discover their true potential and prepare them for success in college, career, and life.   With an enrollment of approximately 475 students, Resurrection serves a diverse student population from across the city and suburbs, representing over 100 private and public grammar schools.   

Our Story

Why Resurrection?

Resurrection staff and faculty believe in empowering young women to make a difference in our world. The Resurrection Value Proposition incorporates the five pillars of the Resurrection Mission Statement (intellectual, spiritual, ethical, physical, and social growth of our students) and the Resurrection Vision Statement.  

Intellectual Rigor - Challenging Academics in a Supportive Environment
Since 1922 Resurrection has been educating young women and preparing them for success in college, career, and life. Resurrection understands how girls learn best.  Whatever their academic abilities or needs, Resurrection’s different levels of learning ensure that all students are academically challenged and supported. Students are taught to be critical thinkers, intellectual risk takers and problem solvers in a rapidly-changing world. Resurrection offers students in-depth learning opportunities through block schedules, Advanced Placement courses, travel, clubs, and honor societies and students are encouraged to explore future careers through the Practicum Job Shadowing Program.  


Spiritual Growth – Caritate et Veritate
Resurrection devotes attention to the spiritual development of its students, as a close relationship with God leads to a deeper sense of self and gives them the building blocks to make a difference in their families, workplaces, communities and world.  Resurrection students are taught to embody the school motto Caritate et Veritate (Charity and Truth).

Ethical Development – Making a Positive Difference as a Global Citizen
As today’s young people become adults, they will face great challenges. Resurrection provides young women with the moral compass to guide them to thoughtful and just solutions and to be responsible and compassionate members of the global community.

Physical – Well-being and Well-rounded Development
Resurrection encourages girls to explore new academic interests, participate in athletics, demonstrate leadership, and develop healthy life-long habits.  Resurrection creates opportunities for students to stretch beyond their comfort zone and ensures that students have access to a variety of sports, clubs, fine arts and other activities.  With 12 competitive sports, over 30 clubs and 11 honor societies, there is something for every girl.

Social Growth – Leadership, Friendship & Mentorship
Through classroom experiences, extracurricular activities and mentoring programs, Resurrection students are encouraged to develop personal interests, leadership opportunities and life-long friendships.  Our alumnae base provides students with examples of and access to strong, accomplished role models. Alumnae nurture and share through mentorship in the Practicum Job Shadowing Program, during Alumnae Career Days and as speakers and visitors to classes and clubs.  

Our History

The Sisters of the Resurrection, a religious order founded in Rome by Blessed Celine Borzecka and her daughter Mother Hedwig Borzecka in 1891, began its educational ministry in the United States in 1900. Sister Anne Strzelecka, C.R. opened Resurrection College Prep High School in 1922. Central to the Sisters’ mission is the transformation of society by uplifting women through education.

School Timeline

1891 - the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection is founded in Rome by widow Celine Borzecka and her daughter Hedwig.

1900 - the Sisters of the Resurrection began their ministry in the United States when four Sisters came to Chicago and immediately began teaching at St. Mary of the Angels Parish. They soon opened many other schools around Chicago and in several states.

1912 - Sister Anne Strzelecka, C.R. purchased over 42 acres of land in northwest Chicago on Old Tanner Road, now Talcott Avenue.

1914 - a convent and school were built, and the following year Sister Anne opened Resurrection Academy, an elementary school for boys and girls and a boarding school for girls. Boys attendance was discontinued in 1922 when the high school was opened. Resurrection Academy continued as an all-girls elementary school until 1961.

1920 - Sister Anne bought the 52-acre Anderson onion farm and skating pond where Resurrection Medical Center now stands.

1922 - Resurrection High School opened in what is now the Sisters’ Provincial Home. Four years later, the first graduating class consisted of four young women, one of whom went on to become a successful attorney, as well as a mother and grandmother of future Resurrection graduates.

1926 - a wing was added to the original Academy building for the high school department and the high school expanded. In 1929 a larger L-shaped addition was added to the Academy building.

1947 to 1961 - after World War II the population on Chicago’s far northwest side increased rapidly, causing a dramatic increase in enrollment. In 1954, to help further relieve some of the capacity issues, the boarding program ended and plans to build a gymnasium began in 1955. In determining the location of the gymnasium, the decision to build an entirely new high school facility on the corner of Talcott and Oriole avenues was proposed and accepted. In 1961 the elementary department was phased out, since by that time there were sufficient parish schools in the area to accommodate the children.

1962 - a new, much larger school building opened at 7500 West Talcott Avenue. The curriculum continued to expand over the following decades as Resurrection began moving towards the strong college-preparatory curriculum that it provides today.

1970s -1990s -  the early high school provided two educational tracks: a two-year commercial program and a general four-year program. In the 1950s and 60s, the school offered 3 four-year tracks: college prep, business, and home and commercial economics. By the 1970s and 80s, all students were preparing for college and in the 1990s, the Practicum Program was added to provide students exposure to a variety of career experiences.

1997 - an $11-million construction program added two state-of-the-art science labs, two computer labs, a technology center with Internet capabilities, a 36-station fitness center, as well as air conditioning throughout the facility. Administrative space, which was scattered throughout the building, was centralized in an expanded administrative center, freeing up space for other educational uses such as a writing center and a student services center.

2008 - the Little Theatre underwent a $2-million renovation. The 500 seat auditorium, built in 1964, is the school’s central venue for the performing arts.

2008/09 - The daily schedule was re-evaluated and changed to a modified A/B block schedule. Classes meet every other day for an extended period of time.

2009 - the school library was transformed into a library/ media center and the school bookstore, the Fine Arts wing and the Social Room, next to the chapel, were also updated.

2011/12 – Resurrection College Prep High School celebrated 90 years of educating young women as the largest all-girls Catholic, Christian college preparatory high school on the north side of Chicago.

2015/2016 - completion of projects that continue to enhance academics at Resurrection, including the new Innovation Lab, a makerspace where students can experiment and work on projects under the direction of designated faculty, and the Think Tank, where students can find tutors ready to assist them in a variety of subjects.  Also completed renovations of the parking lot and new internal roadways and work on a new athletic track are underway. The college prep program continues to expand and now includes opportunities to explore engineering, robotics and STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math).

Today -  Resurrection incorporates cutting-edge academic programs and activities that prepare young women for success in college, career and life.  Since its founding in 1922, Resurrection has graduated nearly 14,000 alumnae and Resurrection continues to shape young women to reach their full potential and to become leaders of charity and truth who make a difference in society.

Sponsorship

Resurrection College Prep High School is sponsored by the Sisters of the Resurrection, an order founded in Rome by Blessed Celine Borzecka and her daughter Mother Hedwig. Resurrection College Prep High School was established by the Sisters in 1922 and is built on the Sisters’ mission of transforming society by uplifting women through education and preparing them for leadership.  Resurrection is totally focused on young women and their needs. The faculty and staff are fully committed to developing young women of faith to be confident, articulate, dynamic, inspiring and service oriented leaders who will help build stronger families, communities, parishes and places of work for tomorrow.

Mission Statement

Resurrection College Prep High School is a Catholic Christian community dedicated to the education of young women, and to the development of their God–given talents. Convinced of God’s unconditional love and nourished by the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, we are committed to the spiritual, ethical, intellectual, physical and social growth of our students.

Vision Statement

The young women of Resurrection College Prep High School are prepared for the future.
They are given the opportunities, support, and resources to continue to:

Discover
Their identity as strong, capable women
Their voice and their calling
Their passion and their potential
Their gifts and their strengths

Participate
In Catholic Christian studies
In academic pursuits
In athletics and the arts
In healthy lifestyles

Succeed
In attaining personal and professional goals
In promoting a hopeful future
In celebrating the differences among us

Serve
One another in Charity and Truth
The needs of the larger community
As women of faith

Our Motto: Charity & Truth

The motto has and continues to be core to the values and philosophy of Resurrection College Prep and is part of the Resurrection approach to education.  The motto has been etched into all logos and documents of the school from the very beginning of the school's founding in 1922. 

By expressing and celebrating the words "Charity and Truth," we acknowledge that God's love for us is merciful and unfailing.  The truth is that God's love for us is unconditional and from that love we express God's love and charity through our own actions.  As the Resurrection community, we believe that God calls us to work together for the resurrection of society, bringing his life and love to all and we represent the Resurrection in this banner. 

Logo

 

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On April 10, 2014 Sister Donna Maria Wolowicki, C.R. announced the approval of an updated logo for Resurrection College Prep High School.  The process of updating the school logo was started in August 2013 and members of the Resurrection community, including alumnae, students, staff, faculty, board members and Sisters of the Resurrection participated in the Logo Advisory Committee.

The committee selected Resurrection alumna Maria Gedroc Malo from the Class of 1985 to design the updated logo.  Ms. Gedroc is an adjunct art professor at Concordia University, a freelance graphic designer and a fine artist. The updated logo reflects the heritage, symbolism, motto and values of Resurrection College Prep High School and we are grateful to Maria Gedroc Malo for her beautiful design and generous donation of her time and expertise.  

The Symbols and their Meanings:

The Resurrection Banner with the Cross
The oldest symbol used by the school is the Resurrection Banner with the Cross.  This banner is also a major symbol used by the Sisters of the Resurrection, our school’s sponsor, and is central to the Charism of Resurrection religious congregations.  We see the banner imbedded into both internal and external forms:  on the outside wall of our school building, on all previous logo forms, the title of our student newspaper, and referred to in our Alma Mater, the song “Dear Resurrection.”

The banner symbolizes Christ’s conquest over darkness as death and the Victory of the Resurrection.  The banner is uplifted and represents our call through education and reflection to conquer darkness and bring new light into our world – the light of Christ’s love and truth.  

The banner is represented in a flowing manner in order to demonstrate movement and energy:  our movement as a school community and the life giving quality of the Cross.   

The Color Red

The color red has been the traditional color for Resurrection and continues to be the central color of our school community.  Red represents conquest and the fire of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom, Love and Truth.   We celebrate our school spirit when we wear and display the color red.

Charity & Truth  
The Resurrection College Prep High School motto “Charity and Truth” also is included in the updated logo in the traditional Latin, “Caritate et Veritate.” The motto has and continues to be core to the values and philosophy of Resurrection College Prep and is part of the Resurrection approach to education. The motto has been etched into all logos and documents of the school from the very beginning of the school’s founding in 1922. The decision to return to the Latin version of the motto was recommended by the Logo Advisory Committee, particularly by current Resurrection students and younger alumnae who wanted to acknowledge the tradition and academic excellence of Resurrection College Prep High School.

By expressing and celebrating the words “Charity and Truth” we acknowledge that God’s love for us is merciful and unfailing.  The truth is that God’s love for us is unconditional and from that love we express God’s love and charity through our own actions.  As the Resurrection community, we believe that God calls us to work together for the resurrection of society, bringing his life and love to all and we represent the Resurrection in this banner.

Uses of the Logo
Four variations of the updated logo have been approved for a variety of uses – two vertical and two horizontal versions of the logo to accommodate its many uses.   For permission and guidance regarding logo usage, please contact kheneghan@reshs.org.

Logo Standards Guide
The Resurrection College Prep High School logo identity standards include the logo-type and its symbol.  The Standards Guide below outlines the fonts and colors as well as the various layouts of the logo to be used officially for branding, marketing, design, digital media and other uses as needed by Resurrection College Prep High School.

Download Our Logo Standards Guide

Download Logo Approval Form