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Cristo Rey Network

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a proud member of the Cristo Rey Network®. We share the Network's motto, “Transforming Urban America, One Student at a Time®,” and we follow its Mission Effectiveness Standards.


Our History

The Cristo Rey movement began in 1996 when Father John P. Foley, S.J. and his team opened Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago’s Pilsen community. The school’s innovative business model allowed low-income students to receive a quality private Catholic education for minimal cost by working five days each month in an entry-level job at a law firm, bank, hospital, university, or other professional setting.


Following the tremendous success of the Corporate Work Study Program model, groups in Portland, Denver and Los Angeles approached Cristo Rey Jesuit High School leaders about how they might replicate the school’s mission and model for their own communities. In response, the Cristo Rey Network of schools was founded in 2001 with Father Foley as its first president. In 2003, the Network formally organized as a 501(c)(3) organization.



The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 35 high schools that serve over 11,000 young people from low-income backgrounds, living in urban communities with limited educational options. In 2016, 100% of the schools’ senior class was accepted into college.


2017 Snapshot:

  • 11,600 students nation-wide
  • 35 Cristo Rey Network schools
  • 97% students of color
  • $35,000 average family income
  • 2,525 Corporate Work Study jobs
  • 45 National University Partners
  • 100% graduates accepted to a 2- or 4-year college


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