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CRISTO REY NETWORK

College Ready. Career Prepared.

Chicago, IL   |  www.cristoreynetwork.org

Mission

The Cristo Rey Network of high schools delivers a career focused, college preparatory education in the Catholic tradition for students with limited economic resources, uniquely integrating rigorous academic curricula with four years of professional work experience and support to and through college. We partner with educators, businesses and communities to enable students to fulfill their aspirations for a lifetime of success.

Ruling year info

2003

President and CEO

Mrs. Elizabeth Goettl

Main address

11 East Adams Street Suite 800

Chicago, IL 60603 USA

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EIN

04-3730980

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Reality: Only 13% of the total U.S. population from the lowest income quartile completes a bachelor’s degree, which in turn means youth with limited financial resources will face enormous obstacles in transcending poverty and building economically stable lives. The Future: In response, the Cristo Rey Network takes an innovative, entrepreneurial approach to offer a secondary education that prepares students for success to and through college. Through the Corporate Work Study Program, every student earns the majority of one's own private education cost while gaining valuable skills, contacts, and knowledge that simply cannot be replicated in the classroom. Our formational model strengthens students' competence, confidence, and aspirations to empower them to build fulfilling lives. As Cristo Rey students complete college and secure family-sustaining professional jobs, their economic success creates a ripple effect, impacting other lives and future generations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academic Excellence

Because there is not equitable access to high quality, affordable education in the United States, Cristo Rey schools open the door of opportunity for students to achieve their God-given potential. Through no fault of their own, Cristo Rey students have had inconsistent exposure to high quality instruction in grades K-8. Cristo Rey schools support students’ diverse learning strengths and are focused on growing students to be college ready and career prepared.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Substantial professional experience is a hallmark of a Cristo Rey education. Through the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP), Cristo Rey schools are a national leader in building a pipeline of diverse talent and preparing youth for the demands of the growing knowledge-based economy. A team of four students shares one entry-level job at a professional organization, allowing students to earn the majority of their high school tuition while gaining real-world work experience. Students work in Accounting, Communications, Customer Service, Human Resources, Legal, Logistics, and Tax Departments and perform a wide-range of responsibilities on the job: data entry, Spanish-English translation services, document management, internet research, IT support, reception, and other entry-level office tasks.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

According to third-party data, Cristo Rey graduates are currently enrolling in college at (90%) rates higher than the enrollment levels of high-income students (78%) and completing bachelor’s degrees (34%) at twice the rate of the entire low-income population nationwide (11%). We are making progress towards a higher completion rate, with a minimum goal of 58%, the national completion rate for students from families in the highest income quartile.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award. 2019

National Catholic Educational Association

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students enrolled in grades 9-12 across Network schools.

Number of schools built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Network schools across the United States.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of graduates from Cristo Rey Network schools.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Cristo Rey Network is focused on changing the college completion reality for low-income youth and aims for our graduates to achieve a four-year college completion rate comparable to the national rate (62%) for students from high-income families.

To accomplish this audacious goal, the Cristo Rey Network – the largest education network in the U.S. serving exclusively low-income youth – is comprised of 38 college- and career-preparatory schools that deliver an integrated rigorous academic program with four years of professional work experience and robust support to and through college. Our formational educational model serves 12,000 students across 24 states and collectively claims 23,100 graduates. Our innovative approach to inner-city education equips students from families of limited economic means with the college and career readiness skills to fulfill their life’s dreams.

Our strategic pillars of focus include ensuring academic excellence across our schools; operating a high-performing Corporate Work Study Program nation-wide; supporting a data-driven college counseling and alumni advising framework; opening new schools – with a growth plan to have 50 schools serving 20,000 students; and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement and accountability through leadership development programming.

The Corporate Work Study Program is the hallmark of a Cristo Rey education and demands the most robust strategic focus. To ensure the program’s vitality, every two years the Cristo Rey Network must renew our special authorization with the U.S. Department of Labor that permits all Cristo Rey students to work one full day each week in an entry-level, professional job. Our schools work diligently with 3,000+ Corporate Partners across the country that employ a team of students who work in Accounting, Communications, Customer Service, Human Resources, Legal, Logistics, and Tax Departments and perform a wide-range of responsibilities on the job: data entry, Spanish-English translation services, document management, internet research, IT support, reception, and other office tasks. Last school-year, students collectively earned $80 million to pay for their own private, college preparatory education at a Cristo Rey school.

Our education approach was reaffirmed in U.S. News and World Report: "In a world where the social fabric is fraying, Cristo Rey weaves it back together. Businesses, schools, churches, families, children, and communities all come together in the mutual pursuit of providing quality education. As a result, students enjoy a more diverse experience than they would get in a traditional educational setting; co-workers get to meet, mentor and learn from students who may come from a different background than their own; support for the school is cultivated in the community; and families are able to afford an education that would otherwise be beyond their reach.”

As the engine of excellence, accountability, and growth, the 30-member national office team, based in Chicago, collaborates with each school to design and deliver programming that advances the quality and vitality of the movement.

The Cristo Rey Network national office is charged with ensuring all schools’ fidelity to our shared Mission Effectiveness Standards and to build capacity of the employees at all 38 Cristo Rey schools to accomplish our common mission. To this end, the national office plans, designs, and implements comprehensive professional development for the academic staff, college counselors and alumni advisors, CWSP teams, and school leaders at the 38 schools in operation and the four schools in the planning stages.

Per validated third-party data, our young people are currently enrolling in college at (90%) rates higher than the matriculation levels of high-income students (78%) and completing bachelor’s degrees (34%) at more than three times the rate of the entire low-income population nationwide (11%). For our classes of 2015, our six-year university completion rates are on target to approach or exceed 50% – progress towards our minimum goal of 62%, the national completion rate for students from families in the highest income quartile.

This data reflects real progress that affirms the power of our model; however, the Network has more ambitious goals for our graduates. To respond to the changing needs of the expanding Network over the next three years, the Cristo Rey Network is implementing a 2026 Strategic Plan to scale innovative, evidence-based solutions across our organization’s strategic pillars of focus, previously referenced.

The Plan will accelerate and sustain the movement for continued growth and deeper impact. The long-term impact of the Cristo Rey movement resulting from this campaign is transformational. As Cristo Rey’s deserving young people complete college and secure prosperous jobs, their success breaks the cycle of poverty, impacting numerous lives - the students, whose life trajectories will be transformed through the empowerment of formational learning; their friends and siblings, who witness a model of perseverance and work ethic among low-income adolescents; parents of students, who witness opportunity opening for their children, and often develop new motivation to develop their own skills; and the broader community that employs, mentors, and in turn is served by these young men and women.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CRISTO REY NETWORK

Board of directors
as of 07/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jane Genster

Education and Non-Profit Leader

JoAnn Chávez

DTE Energy

Kathy Cote

Community Volunteer

Joseph Della Rosa

Della Rosa Investment Partners

John P. Foley, S.J.

Cristo Rey Network

Jim Gartland, S.J.

Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community at Boston College

Jane E. Genster

Education and Non-Profit Leader

Thomas J. Healey

Healey Development LLC

Darren Jackson

Advance Auto Parts

Dan McCallin

Timberline Industries

John E. O'Shea

Gemini Midstream

James O'Sullivan

Metal Parts and Bremer Mfg.

Leo Sheridan

Advanced Group

Kelby Woodard

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep

Martha Wyrsch

Sempra Energy

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/9/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data