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Cristo Rey’s Draft Day 2015 Raised The Rafters And Filled The Gym As Students Partnered Up With Area Organizations


My sweet Charity, August 2015

The cars filled the Pleasant Grove parking lot at Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep on Friday, July 31, before 2:30 p.m. So much so that the parking lot across the street soon was put into play.
Despite the July heat, suited types like Don Glendenning, Sean Bellomy and Karen Hughes and Cristo Rey frosh class families with babies in tow made their way to the school’s gymnasium. Along the way the guests were greeted with smiles and “Welcomes” by the first class of Dallas’ Cristo Rey. Read more...
'Draft Day' in Pleasant Grove brings opportunities for students.
Colorful lights, music, cheering and commentators rattling off attributes were part of the scene for 128 students during Draft Day on Friday.
But the kids aren’t going to sports teams.
They are the inaugural class of Cristo Rey Dallas, a new college preparatory high school aimed at impoverished students. Read more...

Putting education to work


The Pleasant Grove area in Southeast Dallas will gain a treasure that no part of Dallas proper has added in more than 50 years when a new Catholic high school opens in August 2015.Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep will serve students from households at or below the federal poverty line by incorporating affordability, a corporate work-study concept and rigorous academics, the school’s leadership team announced on Oct. 17 at St. Augustine Catholic School in Pleasant Grove—which will become the site of Cristo Rey Dallas. Read more...

10 Drops in the Bucket: Cristo Rey shines hope in Pleasant Grove

Dallas Morning News, August 2014

Cristo Rey selected Pleasant Grove for the location of its next high school, set to open in fall 2015. The organization looks for students determined to reach beyond a life of poverty.  If there’s a forgotten part of Dallas, it may well be Pleasant Grove. Yet people from the Grove have a pride about the place that shows they know who they are and from where they come. Read more…

Cristo Rey’s work-school concept is worth trying in Dallas

Dallas Morning News, October 2013

Imagine a high school where students show up for class only four days a week. You’d probably say that campus is plagued with serious problems. But not if it’s one of Chicago-based Cristo Rey’s 26 private Catholic high schools, which are finding success nationwide with an innovative school-work model. Read more…

C-SPAN Feature

C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Thanksgiving Day, 2010

Noted author Samuel Casey Carter spoke highly of the Cristo Rey Network – calling it “the most extraordinary story in education today.” This is an excerpt of the interview featured on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, the cable network’s premier news program.  View excerpt…

Snapshot of the Cristo Rey Network

Cristo Rey Network, 2009

The schools of the Cristo Rey Network provide a quality, Catholic, college-prep education to young people in urban communities with limited educational options. Since its founding in 2003, the schools of the Cristo Rey Network have employed an innovative business model to fund operating costs and to integrate real work experience into a college-prep education. Every student takes a full load of college preparatory classes, while working in a professional setting one day each week at an entry level job at a law firm, bank, hospital, or other white-collar business. Students earn over half the cost of their education and develop relevant job skills in an authentic context.  View video…