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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


College Matriculation and Completion

For the Class of 2013, 88% of Cristo Rey graduates have enrolled in college.

For our graduating class of 2008, 32% have earned a bachelor's degree, which is twice the college completion rate of low-income high school graduates. An additional 5% of the Class of 2008 have attained associate’s degrees.

Nationally, 66% of all high school graduates matriculated in a post secondary institution after high school graduation. For Black and Hispanic high school graduates, the number was 61%.

16% of Black and Hispanic high school graduates obtain a Bachelor's degree. For low-income high school graduates, 15% complete college.

Advocating Education Reform

All young people deserve a chance at a quality education. Data demonstrates that the schools in the Cristo Rey Network are proving that undeserved youth can and will succeed in college when given a quality, college preparatory 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.

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 and community development.

Schools at full enrollment (400-600 students) operate on an approximate annual budget of $3-6 million dollars and employ 40-75 individuals (full and part time). With 30 member schools, the Cristo Rey Network is generating more than $100 million for local economies. Cristo Rey schools bring a beacon of new hope, safety, and stability into the community.

Cristo Rey schools are located in the center of underserved neighborhoods with minimal employment and economic activity.

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, with more than 9,800 students currently, but they are 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.

From the 2013-2014 school year to 2014-2015 there were 35,000 fewer students. Enrollment in Catholic schools has declined by 20% since 2005 with 1,648 schools closing or being consolidated in that time.

“The Cristo Rey model has proven to be an important vehicle to provide a faith-based, excellent education to young people from poor urban areas. The impact of these schools in positively changing young lives cannot be underestimated. We remain grateful to have a Cristo Rey High School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.”

- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia

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