The Cristo Rey Network of high schools that cater to populations of urban youth has added Xavier University to its list of partner schools. The University Partners network, started two years ago, helps to support students in the Cristo Rey Network through scholarship programs, job sponsorships and pre-college summer enrichment programs.
Xavier joins an elite group of schools in the partnership including other Jesuit and Catholic universities such as Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Loyola Marymount, Loyola Chicago, Marquette, University of San Francisco and Villanova in supporting the Cristo Rey students.
The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 24 high schools that provide a high-quality Catholic, college preparatory education to 6,500 urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college.
A key element in the Cristo Rey model is a unique approach to financing the cost of each student's tuition. All Cristo Rey high school students 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. Every student works five full days each month, and their wages are directed to their schools in lieu of tuition. Last school year, Cristo Rey students earned $30 million toward their education. Learn more at the Cristo Rey website.
“Xavier University is very excited to be named a National University Partner of the Cristo Rey Network of high schools,” said Aaron Meis, dean of undergraduate admission at Xavier. “As a Jesuit institution, we are committed to similar ideals and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Cristo Rey high schools around the country to expand the opportunities available for their students.
“The faculty and staff of the Cristo Rey Network are giving hope to young people who otherwise might have no chance to attend college, let alone succeed in college. Being named a national partner allows us to more closely collaborate with high schools in the network in ways that will serve the students, the high schools and Xavier.”
The Cristo Rey Network of schools was founded in 2001 and became non-profit in 2003. It is governed by a board of directors that approves schools for membership in the network.
DePaul Cristo Rey High School, the 25th school in the network and the first in Cincinnati, welcomes its first class in June 2011. It is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, and Sr. Jeanne Bessette, OSF, EdD, is its president. To learn more, go to the DePaul website.