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A college degree is an essential ticket to opportunity and a way out of poverty for today's youth.

The Cristo Rey Network has been giving hope, and a future, to students in urban communities who thought college for themselves was a fairy tale. Our schools have changed the path of the lives of countless students and have sparked a revival in inner-city Catholic education in the United States.

Our Impact


Preparing Students for College Success

According to National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), for the graduating classes of 2008-2012, 90% of Cristo Rey graduates have enrolled in college. For our graduating classes of 2005-2007, 42% have graduated from college. This percent is nearly twice the rate of their peers from the same economic background.

Nationally, for the class of 2006, 61% of all high school graduates matriculated in a post secondary institution after high school graduation.

For African American high school graduates, the number was slightly more than 40%, and for Hispanic students the number was slightly under 40%.

Advocating Education Reform

All young people deserve a chance at a quality education. The schools in the Cristo Rey Network are proving, through their outcome data, that the most vulnerable and at risk youth in America can and will succeed in college when given a high quality, college preparatory high school educational experience.

The Cristo Rey Network is a national voice and leader in the movement of education reform through meetings with elected officials, letters to the media, and prominent speaking opportunities.

Many minority students are being failed by the American educational system. For example, historically, Latinos ages 25 to 29 who actually go to college have an average completion rate of less than 10%. With all the reform movements of the past 25 years, Latinos have increased their college-going rates only slightly and their college completion rates have remained flat.

A 2009 report by McKinsey & Company stated that "educational gaps impose on the United States the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession," suggesting that if the achievement gap had been narrowed, gross domestic product in 2008 would have been higher by as much as $525 billion.

Transforming Local Communities

Cristo Rey schools increase economic activity, neighborhood stability and growth, employment, city tax base, and community development.

Schools enrolling 350-500 students operate on an approximate annual budget of $3-5 million dollars and employ 40-75 individuals (full and part time). With 28 schools in underprivileged neighborhoods lacking employment and economic activities, the Cristo Rey Network is generating a minimum of $84 million for the local economies.

The center of this neighborhood is where a Cristo Rey Network school is established, bringing a beacon of new hope, safety, and stability into the community.

Prior to a Cristo Rey school, neighborhoods stricken by decades of serious poverty, crime, and violence on the streets.

Reviving Inner-City Catholic Education

Through collaboration with local Catholic dioceses, school systems, and communities of women and men religious, Cristo Rey high schools are not only expanding in enrollment but also opening in new communities across the country.

According to the National Catholic Education Association, U.S. Catholic schools enrolled more than 5.2 million students in almost 13,000 schools across the nation during the early 1960s. By 1990, there were approximately 2.5 million students in 8,700 schools.

Most recently, between the 2000 and the 2013 school years, more than 2,000 schools were reported closed or consolidated and the number of students declined by an additional 25%.

"The Cristo Rey Network is one of the
most successful new
educational models
of our time. It offers an extremely high
education combined with great family,
faith, and moral values with
the best quality
of all, hope for the future.”

Paul Purcell, Chief Executive Officer
Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

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