Cristo Rey Network Announces Xavier as University Partner

January 24, 2011

The Cristo Rey Network announced Xavier University is one of its 2010 – 2011 University Partners.

The University Partners Network was started two years ago and includes schools such as Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Loyola Marymount, Loyola Chicago, Marquette, University of San Francisco, and Villanova. Partners have committed to support students throughout the Cristo Rey Network through scholarship programs, job sponsorship, and pre-college summer enrichment programs.

The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 24 high schools that provide a 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. 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. Learn more at www.cristoreynetwork.org

“Xavier University is very excited to be named a National University Partner of the Cristo Rey Network of high schools,” says Aaron Meis, dean of undergraduate admission. “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.”

Member schools offer a rigorous curriculum to prepare students with a broad range of ability for college. Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Program provides students with work experience in offices of real corporate partners. Every student works five full days each month to fund the majority of his or her education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of his or her education. Last school year, Cristo Rey Network students earned $30 million to make their education possible.

The Cristo Rey Network of schools was founded in 2001 and organized as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2003. It is governed by a Board of Directors, several elected by the member schools. The members of the Cristo Rey Network are schools approved by the Board.

DePaul Cristo Rey High School, the 25th school in the Network, will welcome its first class in June of 2011 at 1133 Clifton Hills Avenue near Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Sr. Jeanne Bessette, OSF, EdD is its president. To learn more, go to www.depaulcristorey.org