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Cristo Rey High School SacramentoCristo Rey High School Sacramento
Cristo Rey High School Sacramento puts a college preparatory education within the grasp of low-income, culturally diverse students so they may achieve their potential and help to build a better world. We are cosponsored by three religious communities... Read more
Cristo Rey High School Sacramento puts a college preparatory education within the grasp of low-income, culturally diverse students so they may achieve their potential and help to build a better world. We are cosponsored by three religious communities who are masters at education: the California Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits); Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Auburn Regional Community; and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. We joined the Cristo Rey Network, which has 11 schools at present, in September 2005. The Cristo Rey model began in Chicago in 1996, and it replicates a successful work study program that gives students real-world work experience while studying under a strong curriculum. The work program begins meaningful relationships between students, their mentors and employers. It provides work experience, marketable job skills, and it builds self esteem. Students see the work world and learn they can aspire to college.
The coed inaugural freshman class (maximum 100 students) arrives for the 2006-2007 school year. We will offer small classes, tutoring, and special help to bring up to grade level those who might be behind academically. We will prepare students to attend college, and help them during their four-year high school career with every means available to bring this vision to reality. The school will serve low income students throughtout the Sacramento region (Yolo, Solano, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Butte and Amador counties). What makes this school unique is that one day a week, students go to work at white-collar corporations all over the city. Real businesses offer real jobs and our students learn to aspire to college graduation. They begin to believe in themselves. Their self esteem blossoms. Students at Cristo Rey spend four extended days a week in class ? and one class day at work. The school runs the Corporate Work Study Program, which serves as a type of employment agency.