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ERIC Number: EJ1104692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Work Study Program Provides Revenue to School and Experience to Students: Cristo Rey Network, Nationwide
Stewart, Sarah
Independent School, v75 n4 Sum 2016
Thirty-two Catholic Cristo Rey schools, all independently owned and operated, serve 9,953 students in grades 9-12. Cristo Rey calls itself "the largest network of high schools in the United States whose enrollment is limited to low-income youth." Students' average family income is $35,000; 97 percent are students of color. To fund the school when typical tuition was unaffordable for families, founder Father John P. Foley, a Jesuit priest from Chicago, and his team developed an audacious business model: a Corporate Work Study Program through which students would help earn their own educational costs by working five days each month in entry-level jobs in professional settings, such as law firms, banks, and hospitals. At full enrollment, each Cristo Rey school depends on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; support from the greater Cristo Rey Network; and tuition, which generally provides less than 10 percent of the cost of educating a student. Depending on need, families pay $250 to $2,500 a year. No students are denied admission because they can't afford to pay. This is one of five case studies from the National Association of Independent Schools about schools that are making nontraditional funding models work for the benefit of low-income students. [Online Feature]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles); Colorado (Denver); District of Columbia; New York (New York); Oregon (Portland)
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