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The Cristo Rey Network

The Cristo Rey Network of schools empowers thousands of students from underserved, low-income communities through a unique educational model that combines a rigorous college preparatory education with four-year, integrated professional work study experiences. It is the largest nationwide network of high schools that exclusively serves low-income students. Unlike many other private high schools, Cristo Rey schools seek motivated young adults from low-income families who, through no fault of their own, have not had access to quality instruction in grades K-8.

Beginning with its first school in Chicago in 1996, the national network has grown over the past two decades to more than 30 schools, including Cristo Rey Newark High School. At a time when Catholic schools are closing at an alarming rate — particularly in urban neighborhoods, the Cristo Rey Network has emerged as an effective and sustainable model with the power to transform lives.

“Our investment in Cristo Rey Newark students has come full circle. Three students have returned to Railroad Construction Company, interviewed and have been hired for full-time positions.”

— Al Daloisio, President, Railroad Construction Company, Inc.

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