Chicago Jesuit Academy
Campus Expansion Groundbreaking
Saturday, June 25th • 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Moore Park • 5058 W. Quincy Street
Music • Program • Picnic • Games
Attire is Casual
Program begins promptly at 12 pm
Food served at 12:30 pm
Bring your own blanket and chairs!
Getting to Moore Park
Moore Park is located at 5058 W. Quincy Street.
Via the Eisenhower Expressway (290) from downtown Chicago, take the Laramie Street exit. Turn right to head north on Laramie Avenue.
Via the Eisenhower Expressway (290) from western suburbs, take the Central Avenue exit. Turn left on Central Avenue to head north to Jackson Boulevard.
By Public Transit
Moore Park is accessible via the 126 and 57 buses.
If taking the 126 bus, get off at the Jackson & Leamington stop. Head north on Leamington and turn right onto Quincy.
If taking the 57 bus, get off at the Laramie & Quincy stop. Head east on Quincy.
Because of construction, CJA's parking lot is unavailable. However, several of our neighbors have graciously offered us the use of their parking lots:
- Friendship Baptist Church, 5200 W. Jackson Boulevard (please enter off of Laramie Avenue)
- Symphony Chicago West, 5130 W. Jackson Boulevard
- Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, 5099 W. Jackson Boulevard (south side of Jackson Boulevard, across from the school)
About our Expansion and Girls' Program
In March 2022, we broke ground on a 50,000 square foot addition that will double the footprint of our school and enable us to double our enrollment across the next five years. In the summer of 2022, we enrolled our inaugural class of third and fourth grade girls. We will add a 5th grade classroom in the 2023-2024 school year. We will continue to add one grade per year until, in the 2026-2027 school year, will serve young women in grades 3 through 8.
When CJA was founded in 2005, we based the school on a model of Nativity schools throughout the country, all of which were single-sex schools. Upon discussing this model with families in our community, there was unanimous agreement that the school should serve young men because the perception was that they were at greater risk.
Over the years, however, current and prospective families have consistently shared with us that one of the biggest obstacles to enrollment is that their daughters cannot attend CJA along with their sons. Navigating two school systems is often not feasible. Our expansion will remove this barrier and enable us to begin serving many talented young women on the West Side of Chicago. We cannot wait to celebrate this exciting time with you!
Mission & Means
Mission: Chicago Jesuit Academy is a loving and academically rigorous tuition-free Catholic elementary school for students and families from resilient communities impacted by historical disinvestment. We accompany our students and alumni from enrollment through the start of their careers as they develop their gifts and grow as men and women for others.
Means: Located in Austin on Chicago’s West Side, CJA admits students to all grades in our lower and middle school without regard for their race, ethnicity or religion, and CJA enrolls 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-grade students without regard for their past levels of academic achievement.
We use small class sizes, extended school days and an 11-month school year to give personal care to our students and help them develop as whole persons.
We accompany our alumni on their unique paths to meaningful employment and support them throughout high school, their post-secondary education and the start of their careers, always welcoming them back as leaders at CJA and in the broader community.
CJA students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, volunteers and benefactors listen to and learn from one another and make disciplined sacrifices to accomplish our shared mission.
We partner with other schools and the broader community to create access to better educational resources, confront systemic racism and remove obstacles to educational equity.
We call one another to find God in all things and be men and women for others who are open to growth, loving, religious, intellectually competent and committed to doing justice.
To learn more about Chicago Jesuit Academy, please visit our website.
Meredith Mosbacher at
or (773) 696-1566
The Gies Campus of
Chicago Jesuit Academy
5058 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60644-4324
(phone) (773) 638-6103
(fax) (773) 638-6107