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Cristo Rey Network

DePaul Cristo Rey High School is one of 32 schools in the national Cristo Rey Network. The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of high schools across the United States that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options.

All Cristo Rey Network schools use a rigorous academic model, supported by effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. Cristo Rey Network schools employ an innovative, entrepreneurial Corporate Work Study Program that provides students with real world work experiences.

The Cristo Rey Network of schools was founded in 2001 when leaders from groups in Portland, Ore., 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. The Cristo Rey Network was formally organized as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2003. 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.  

The Cristo Rey Network at a Glance:

  • 10,900 students nationwide
  •  32 schools
  •  97% students of color
  •  $35,000 average family income
  •  3,000 corporate partners
  •  46 national university partners
  •  100% of graduates accepted to two- or four-year colleges.  


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