The Cristo Rey Network
® is comprised of 35 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. Most 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 Corporate Work Study 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:
- 35 Cristo Rey schools (in 21 states)
- 11,522 students nation-wide
- 15,486 alumni
- 98% students of color
- $37,000 average family income
- 3,072 Corporate Partners
- 46 University Partners
- 38 Religious Sponsors and Endorsers
Mission Effectiveness Standards:
Cristo Rey schools adhere to a set of Mission Effectiveness Standards to protect the integrity of the model and articulate the shared mission. As a member of the Cristo Rey Network, a school:
- Is explicitly Catholic in mission and enjoys Church approval.
- Serves only economically disadvantaged students. The school is open to students of various faiths and cultures.
- Is family centered and plays an active role in the local community.
- Shall prepare all of its students to enter and graduate from college.
- Requires participation by all students in the work-study program. All students must be 14 years by September 1st.
- Integrates the learning present in its work program, classroom, and extracurricular experiences for the fullest benefit of its student workers.
- Has an effective administrative and board structure as well as complies with all applicable state and federal laws.
- Is financially sound and at full enrollment the school is primarily dependent on revenue from the work-study program to meet operating expenses. In addition, the school maintains a comprehensive advancement program to ensure financial stability.
- Supports its graduates' efforts to obtain a college degree.
- Is an active participant in the collaboration, support, and development of the Cristo Rey Network.
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
President & CEO