In 2012, we invested $1.3 million to support the start-up of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. The school has grown to a full high school serving 450 students and will celebrated its first graduating class in 2016.
Cristo Rey is a rigorous college-preparatory high school that employs a unique work study model in which students supplement their classroom learning by working 5 days per month in real jobs, for real wages. The combination of real work experience and a demanding curriculum ensures that students will be ready for the challenges of college or post-secondary work.
Cristo Rey serves students from across the city at its campus in North Philadelphia. It is a private high school, so students must apply to attend but no student is denied admission due to an inability to pay tuition. The school’s student population is approximately 80 percent minority and 100 percent economically disadvantaged.
Cristo Rey Philadelphia High is part of a high-quality national network of 25 college preparatory Catholic high schools serving low-income families of all faiths. Nationally, 85 percent of 2008 and 2009 graduates from Cristo Rey schools were enrolled in college two years after high school, far above the average for low-income students.
Learn more: http://www.cristoreyphiladelphia.org/