Cristo Rey Network


About the Cristo Rey Network

The Cristo Rey Network® is comprised of 26 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. Most of our students qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. Member schools utilize a longer school day and year, academic assistance, and counseling to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a workstudy program through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of their education.

The Cristo Rey Network of schools was founded in 2001 when leaders from groups in Portland, Oregon, Cleveland, Denver, and New York hoping to replicate Cristo Rey Jesuit High School of Chicago gathered for the first time to learn more about the model school. Since 2001, leaders of the Cristo Rey schools have been meeting regularly to share ideas and best practices. In 2003, the Cristo Rey Network was formally organized as a 501(c)(3) organization. The Network is governed by a Board of Directors, several of whom are elected by the Member Schools. The Members of the Cristo Rey Network are schools approved by the Board. Each member school agrees to adhere to the 10 Mission Effectiveness Standards of the Cristo Rey Network. B.J. and Bebe Cassin were the first philanthropists to promote the scaling up of the Cristo Rey model. In 2001, they made a $12 million commitment to replicate the Cristo Rey schools. Today, dozens of foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and individual donors throughout the country have contributed to the efforts of the Cristo Rey Network.


The Cristo Rey Network at a Glance:


  • 8,000 students nationwide

  • 26 schools in 25 cities, 17 states and D.C.

  • 96% students of color

  • $34,000 average family income

  • 1,700 Corporate Work Study jobs

  • 46 national university partners

  • 100% of graduates accepted to a two- or four-year colleges 


Cristo Rey Network
14 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 784-7200
Fax: (312) 784-7201

Fr. John Foley
Chair Emeritus

Randy Kurtz
President and CEO