A new and unique Learn/Work High School is set to open in Atlanta for the fall of 2014.
The Cristo Rey School network has 6500 students in twenty-two cities across the United States. Unlike many private high schools, with tuition in excess of $10,000 a year, the Cristo Rey school tuition is around $1000 per year.
Wonder how this is possible?
Cristo Rey students go to school four days per week and work a full-day job once per week to help offset the costs of their education. The Catholic based schools serve a 95% minority population and boast an impressive 100% college placement rate. The combined focus on high level academics and real-life job training has made them especially attractive to parents. Cristo Rey schools typically have a waiting list of applicants to attend.
School officials also point out that Cristo Rey schools are among the most demanding academically in the nation. In fact, a recent report published in the Washington Post found five Cristo Rey school ranked among the most challenging academic schools in America.
The Honorary Chairs for the Atlanta Cristo Rey School include Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Mayor Kasim Reed.