More than a Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World: The Cristo Rey Story  

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About Cristo Rey

Cristo Rey Jesuit High SchoolCristo Rey Jesuit High School was founded in 1996 by a group of visionary Chicago Province Jesuits who weren't afraid to take a risk in an effort to serve students in Pilsen & Little Village, a pair of predominantly Latino immigrant neighborhoods on the Lower West Side of Chicago. Cristo Rey provides high quality college preparatory education to students who couldn't otherwise afford it through an innovative funding model and Corporate Internship Program that allows students to earn their tuition by working five days each month in local businesses. In a neighborhood where dropout rates exceed 50%, Cristo Rey annually sends well over 90% of its graduates to college. Please visit for more information about the school.

Cristo Rey NetworkCristo Rey's unlikely and inspiring success has sparked a resurgence in urban Catholic education in the United States. Today 4,500 students are enrolled in 19 Cristo Rey model schools in Baltimore, Birmingham, Greater Boston, Cambridge, MA, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Lawrence, MA, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Omaha, Portland, OR, Sacramento, Tucson, Washington DC, and Waukegan, IL. These 19 schools make up the Cristo Rey Network of Schools. The Cristo Rey Network is headquartered in Chicago. The Cristo Rey Network Schools have enjoyed the support of numerous foundations, most notably the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation. Please visit for more information about the Cristo Rey Network. Visit the Network's Directory of Schools page to see a complete list of Cristo Rey model schools in the United States.