Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School

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Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School (NDCR)
Address: 303 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
Telephone: (978) 689-8222
School Code: 221122
  • President: Sr. Maryalyce Gilfeather, SNDdeN, Ph.D
  • Principal: Dr. Anthony Zavagnin
  • Executive Director, Corporate Work Study Program: Deborah Shell
  • Dean of Students: Carlos Cedeño
  • College & Guidance Counselors: Jeannine Aucoin Kaatz; Amanda Colten
NDCR is located in the urban community of Lawrence, MA and provides students with a focused and goal-oriented learning environment with experience in a hands-on job training program. In addition to acquiring fundamental work skills, NDCR students complete high school and are well-prepared to pursue a college education. Each and every NDCR graduate has also received at least one acceptance to a four-year college. NDCR is a proven success story, one that provides many opportunities for our students to achieve their dreams.
Quality and Affordable Education
Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School offers these unique benefits:
  • Extended day and extended year education
  • 1-to-14 teacher student ratio
  • 1-on-1 math and reading instruction and tutoring offered
  • Affordable tuition for all families
  • 100% federally funded free and/or reduced lunch program
  • Chaperoned trips for students to visit nearby colleges
NDCR is part of the Cristo Rey Network, a national network of high schools that provide quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. The majority of our students is of Latino descent, and the median family income is $31,000 (average family size is four). Cristo Rey 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 work study program through which they finance a portion of their education, gain real world job experience, and grow in self-confidence. 
Corporate Work Study Program 

NDCR is the only nonprofit organization providing at-risk youth in the Lawrence area with a college preparatory education program that is combined with hands-on work experience. The Corporate Work Study Program is designed so that the school day and year are extended to compensate for the time students spend at work. Academically, students pursue a typical high school college preparatory curriculum with core subjects in mathematics, English, social studies, religion, computers and technology, biology, Spanish, chemistry, and physics. The academic program is continually assessed to ensure that students are challenged and well prepared for the demands of higher education.
Each year, students have internships at a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Merrimack Valley, Route 128/93 North Corridor, and Southern New Hampshire. The Corporate Work Study Partners provide services that range from legal, banking, health care, food and environmental industries to education and housing opportunities. Teams of students share a job on a rotating basis, allowing employers to receive needed services such as data entry, internet research, customer service, IT support, front desk reception, and other office work. NDCR also provides transportation to and from the job site to ensure that the students arrive on time and there is consistent attendance at the job placements. As a result of working in a business environment, where student employees are often mentored by their employer/co-worker, students acquire overall job experience, marketable skills and begin to build a professional resume. They also develop a network of business contacts, have exposure to a variety of career opportunities, and develop a strong work ethic.
College Readiness
NDCR begins meeting with students in their freshman year to discuss and plan for their college experience. In addition to group class-wide meetings, we also facilitate periodic small group workshops aimed at covering various topics related to the college planning process. In addition, we hold several meetings for parents beginning with a brief introductory meeting for freshmen and their families to help understand the importance of college for their child. Specific college readiness activities for NDCR students in grades 9-12 include the following:
  • Students attend college fairs and workshops with college representatives on-site at NDCR;
  • Students take day trips with NDCR staff to visit college campuses;
  • Students’ families attend meetings (always translated into Spanish) to learn about college opportunities and costs;
  • Students and families attend workshops which include college representative and guest speakers at local colleges;
  • Students take the PSAT, ACT/SAT test in preparation for college entrance exams;
  • NDCR staff assists students in identifying college scholarships, grants, and financial aid resources;
  • NDCR staff assists students in preparing college application(s), financial aid, and scholarship forms; and
  • Financial aid nights are held in the winter with area financial aid experts to assist families with completing their FAFSA’s.
NDCR is fully accredited member of New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NDCR employs around 20 teachers, most full-time and some part-time teaching faculty. 33% of our teachers possess an advanced degree. All are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education. 21% of NDCR’s teaching faculty is Hispanic and bilingual.
NDCR Graduates
  • Possess solid academic preparation to succeed in college
  • Possess a global perspective
  • Embrace the goodness of God
  • Participate in community service
  • Retain an educational orientation to life
  • Graduation Requirements (Class of 2014 +)
All students must enroll in 7 units per year for four years. Full year courses earn 1.0 credit and half year courses earn 0.5 credit. Students must have 30 credits to graduate.
  • Religion - 4 credits
  • Spanish - 3 credits
  • English - 4 credits
  • Math - 4 credits
  • Writing - 1 credit
  • Science - 4 credits
  • Social Studies - 3 credits
  • Computer Applications - 1 credit
  • Electives - 2 credits
  • Corporate Work Study Program - 4 credits 
(Religion credits for grade 9 listed above is also a world history/world religion course.)
The grading scale is as follows:
Grade Numeric Value College Prep Honors AP
A+ 97-100 4.3 4.8 5.3
A 94-96 4.0 4.5 5.0
A- 90-93 3.7 4.2 4.7
B+ 87-89 3.3 3.8 4.3
B 84-86 3.0 3.5 4.0
B- 80-83 2.7 3.2 3.7
C+ 77-79 2.3 2.8 3.3
C 74-76 2.0 2.5 3.0
C- 70-73 1.7 2.2 2.7
D+ 67-69 1.3 1.8 2.3
D 65-66 1.0 1.5 2.0
D- 60-63 .7 1.2 1.7
F 0-59 0.0 0.0 0.0
AP and Honors Offerings Senior Year
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Honors Physics
  • Honors English
Junior Year
  • AP Spanish Language
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
The school year is comprised of two semesters, each lasting 18 weeks. The school day, beginning at 7:30 A.M. and ending at 3:30 P.M., has seven 56 minute periods which meet four times a week.
Student Body
NDCR currently has 249 students enrolled:
  • Seniors - Class of 2017: 68 students
  • Juniors - Class of 2018: 46 students
  • Sophomores - Class of 2019: 56 students
  • Freshmen - Class of 2020: 78 students
  • 91% Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.5% African-American
  • 2% Caucasian
  • 6.5% Other
Male/Female Ratio
  • 32% Male
  • 68% Female
Student/Family Data
  • Average family income is $35,700
  • Median family income is $31,000
  • Average family size is four
  • 100% of students are eligible for free or reduced breakfast and lunch
  • 75% of students will be the first generation to attend college in their families
Class Rank
NDCR does not rank students. By policy, NDCR does not employ any ranking system.
College Matriculation
  • Class of 2016: 100% of students were accepted to four-year colleges and universities
  • 66% of students attended four-year colleges
  • 34% of students attended two-year colleges 
Alumni of NDCR have matriculated to these colleges and universities:
  • Anna Maria College
  • Barry University
  • Bay State College
  • Berkeley College of NYC
  • Bloomfield College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bridgewater State College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Emmanuel College
  • Emory University
  • Fairfield University
  • Fisher College
  • Framingham State College
  • Georgetown University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Lesley University
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Merrimack College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Middlesex Community College - Lowell Campus
  • Northeastern University1Northern Essex Community College
  • Northern Essex Community College - Lawrence Campus
  • Post University
  • Providence College
  • Regis College
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • Saint Michaels College
  • Saint Peter's College
  • Salem State University
  • Salve Regina University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • St. John's University - Queens Campus                                
  • The College of the Holy Cross
  • The New England Institute of Art
  • University of Advancing Technology
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • University of New Haven
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Wesleyan University
  • Wheelock College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester State College