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Cristo Rey Network

DePaul Cristo Rey High School is one of 35 schools in the national Cristo Rey Network. 

The Cristo Rey Network® is the only network of high schools in the country that integrate four years of rigorous college preparatory academics with four years of professional work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program. Comprised of 35 Catholic, college- and career-preparatory schools that today serve 12,012 students across 22 states and collectively claim 15,505 graduates, the Cristo Rey Network delivers a powerful and innovative approach to inner-city education that equips students from families of limited economic means with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives. The impact is evident: Cristo Rey students are three times more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree by age 24, compared to the total U.S. low-income population. 

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:

  • 12,000 students nationwide
  • 15,500 graduates
  •  35 schools across 22 states
  •  98% students of color
  •  3,400 corporate partners
  •  48 national university partners
  • Cristo Rey students are three times more likely to complete a bachelor's degree by age 24, compared to the total U.S. low-income population.
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