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The Cristo Rey Network provides a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. Our mission is clear – college success for Cristo Rey Network students.

Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. Cristo Rey Network schools employ an innovative Corporate Work Study Program that provides students with real world work experiences. Every student works five full days a month to fund the majority of his or her education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of his or her education. Students work at law firms, banks, hospitals, universities, and other professional Corporate Partners.

The Cristo Rey Network supports school success through the following programs:

Teach, Learn, Lead

  • Developed a standards-based, rigorous college-ready curriculum
  • Focuses on professional development of school principals and teachers, emphasizing teacher effectiveness training
  • Provides data-driven decision-making to maximize student learning
  • Connects students' classroom learning to their workplace learning

Mission Effectiveness

  • Optimizes the effectiveness of the schools’ Corporate Work Study Programs
  • Supports member schools with particular finance, job or enrollment strategies
  • Works with community groups in targeted cities to create more Cristo Rey Network schools

College Initiatives

  • Monitors the progress of Cristo Rey graduates while they are in college
  • Works with colleges and universities that are committed to supporting Cristo Rey students to ensure postsecondary access and success for our alumni

Professional Development

  • Grows current and future leaders at the schools and promotes ongoing spiritual formation, the sharing of best practices, as well as solutions to finance, strategic planning, and governance issues

Advocacy on National Education Reform

  • Cristo Rey leaders serve as national voices in the movement of education reform through meetings with elected officials, letters to the media, and prominent speaking opportunities.

  2014 Snapshot

  9,000 students nation-wide

  28 Cristo Rey Network schools

  27 cities in 18 states and D.C.

  96% students of color

  $34,000 average family income

  1,800 Corporate Work Study partners

  46 National University Partners

  100% graduates accepted to a
             2 or 4 year college


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