The fifth class of seniors from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis graduated this spring with every single senior receiving an acceptance letter to a 2- or 4-year college. In total, the seniors applied to 98 colleges in 27 states and 2 foreign countries for a total of 229 acceptances. The school’s seniors were also awarded $1.37 million dollars in scholarships for their first year of college.
A unique learning model
Cristo Rey Jesuit students come from diverse ethnicities and economically challenged backgrounds. Some live in the poorest, most crime-ridden, gang threatened neighborhoods in our state. Yet through a one-of-a-kind model, Cristo Rey Jesuit has transformed several of our area’s most at-risk youth into college-bound learners who make a lasting mark in the classroom and in the community.
The curriculum at Cristo Rey Jesuit is one-of-kind in Minnesota because students learn both in the classroom in the real world through the school’s one-of-a-kind Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). In a nutshell, students pay for their education by working at a Twin Cities’ company, corporation or non-profit. The list of prestigious CWSP participants includes General Mills, Medtronic Inc., U.S. Bank, Delta and many more.
The money students earn working one day a week is then funneled back into the school’s budget. This equation allows some of the most underserved students in our community the chance at a private school education. CWSP eases the burden of the cost of education and exposes the student to a real-life work environment that broadens his or her horizons and encourages the student to set high goals. Put plainly, Cristo Rey Jesuit students work very hard at their real jobs in the corporate world and gain valuable experience for their future. The students’ wages also cover nearly half of the cost of their education.
Cristo Rey Jesuit is also celebrating a milestone this spring: the graduation of the school’s very first class from college.
It’s been 8 years since Cristo Rey Jesuit opened its doors here in the Twin Cities and this spring students from its very first class graduated from colleges and universities all over the country.
This is a big deal for a school founded with a lofty mission of creating college-bound students from teenagers who might otherwise never have considered college. It is the ultimate test of their perseverance and the effectiveness of the Cristo Rey Jesuit model.
Record freshman class expected in August
For the first time in school history, Cristo Rey Jesuit has stopped accepting applications for 9th grade for the coming school year. This fall the school will welcome its largest freshmen class of more than 140 new students.
To learn more about Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, go to: www.cristoreytc.org