"In a world where the social fabric is fraying, Cristo Rey weaves it back together. Businesses, schools, churches, families, children, and communities all come together in the mutual pursuit of providing quality education. As a result, students enjoy a more diverse experience than they would get in a traditional educational setting; co-workers get to meet, mentor and learn from students who may come from a different background than their own; support for the school is cultivated in the community; and families are able to afford an education that would otherwise be beyond their reach."
- Mike McShane, "Weave Together the Social Fabric," U.S. News and World Report
The Cristo Rey Network seeks “to transform urban America one student at a time.” Indeed, one school and one student at a time, our movement helps to change the trajectories of families and neighborhoods.
As Cristo Rey students enroll and complete college and secure prosperous jobs, their success disrupts and breaks the cycle of poverty.
Cristo Rey schools are among the fastest growing small businesses in their neighborhoods and bring stability and growth, employment, and community development. A Cristo Rey school enrolling 400-600 students operates on an annual budget of $3-5 million and employs 40-75 individuals. The local economic activity continues to grow when physical additions to the schools or renovations are undertaken. The money generated produces taxes for the cities and counties in which people work and live.