January 8, 2019 (Chicago) – Today, the Cristo Rey Network announced Network school recipients for the organization's Test Prep Fund. This fund, made possible by the generosity of John and Charlene O'Shea, aims to strengthen college preparatory and test preparation work already underway network-wide.
"While learning gains are evident, we must work continuously to improve academic growth and achievement in fulfillment of our mission," said Cristo Rey Network Chief Academic Officer Dr. Mary Kearney. "The Cristo Rey Network seeks to afford our students the same types of test preparation skills for high-stakes college entrance tests that high income students can typically access."
Twenty Cristo Rey schools will benefit from this grant for the 2018-2019 school-year, including:
Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School
Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School (Birmingham)
Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School
Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School (Chicago)
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Chicago)
DePaul Cristo Rey High School (Cincinnati)
Saint Martin de Porres High School (Cleveland)
Cristo Rey Columbus High School
Cristo Rey Dallas College Preparatory School
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston
Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School (Lawrence)
Verbum Dei High School (Las Angeles)
Cristo Rey Milwaukee Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey New York High School
Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School
Cristo Rey High School Sacramento
ICA Cristo Rey Academy (San Francisco)
Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep (Waukegan)
Launched in December 2018, the Test Prep Fund is awarding a total of $100,000 – up to $5,000 per qualifying school – to schools that (1) have a junior class in the 2018-2019 school year and a test preparation program in place with protected time, or (2) have a detailed plan to implement a test preparation program with protected time.