Cristo Rey Miami High School is a part of the largest network of Catholic high schools in the country that exclusively serve low-income youth. As a part of the Cristo Rey Network, Cristo Rey schools adhere to a set of Mission Effectiveness Standards to protect the integrity of the model and articulate the shared mission. As a member of the Cristo Rey Network, Cristo Rey Miami High School:
Is explicitly Catholic in mission and enjoys Church approval.
Serves only economically disadvantaged students. The school is open to students of various faiths and cultures.
Is family centered and plays an active role in the local community.
Shall prepare all of its students to enter and graduate from college.
Requires participation by all students in the work-study program. All students must be 14 years by September 1st.
Integrates the learning present in its work program, classroom, and extracurricular experiences for the fullest benefit of its student workers.
Has an effective administrative and board structure as well as complies with all applicable state and federal laws.
Is financially sound and at full enrollment the school is primarily dependent on revenue from the work-study program to meet operating expenses. In addition, the school maintains a comprehensive advancement program to ensure financial stability.
Supports its graduates' efforts to obtain a college degree.
Is an active participant in the collaboration, support, and development of the Cristo Rey Network.
The Society of Jesus seeks how to respond to the needs of Chicago's Pilsen community, a working-class neighborhood teaming with Mexican immigrant families who lack good and affordable educational options for their children.
Bradley Schaeffer, S.J., the Provincial of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, invites newly-ordained James Gartland, S.J. to conduct a needs assessment. His door-to-door canvassing of neighborhood families led to the recommendation to establish a Jesuit-sponsored college preparatory high school.
Father John P. Foley, S.J. returned to his hometown of Chicago by invitation of his Jesuit Provincial. The Provincial wanted to create a quality, Catholic, college preparatory high school in the Pilsen community of Chicago, a Hispanic neighborhood of working-class families with very limited options for giving their children a high quality education. The Jesuits literally walked the streets of the Pilsen neighborhood, asking the residents what they and their families needed most. A college preparatory high school was their response. Thus, Father Foley and his team created a plan to implement an innovative business model, the Corporate Work Study Program.
The international Christian Brothers meeting in Rome challenges members worldwide to find creative ways to serve the poor. Later that year, as a guest speaker at the annual education conference of the U.S. Christian Brothers schools held in Chicago, Fr. Foley challenges the Brothers to replicate what is happening in Chicago.
The Network is formed, initially started by a one-person national staff based in Chicago. BJ and Bebe Cassin commit $12 million from the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation to support the replication of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in other U.S. cities.
Christian Brothers are open and helpful in forming this new type of school board with both business leaders and educators together. De La Salle North Catholic High School opens its doors. The school points with pride to being the second school within the new Cristo Rey Network.
The first formal meeting of the Cristo Rey Network takes place at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. Six approved groups who are conducting feasibility studies, funded by the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation, attend the meeting. This meeting marks the adoption of the Cristo Rey trademark Cristo Rey Network®.
In August, Robert Birdsell, a proven leader with a strong background in Catholic school teaching and educational research and consulting, is elected by the Board as the new President of the Network. Fr. Foley assumes the position of Executive Chair for the Network.
Six additional schools join the Cristo Rey movement:
Holy Family Cristo Rey High School in Birmingham
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore
Christ the King Preparatory School in Newark
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Washington, DC
Providence Cristo Rey High School in Indianapolis.
The Cristo Rey Network launches the Educational Enrichment Initiative, an ambitious long term plan to set clear college-ready standards for all students and to provide instructional tools for teachers to help students achieve these standards.
The Cristo Rey Network hosts its first Leadership Academy in conjunction with Northwestern University’s Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management to serve the needs of current and future Cristo Rey school leaders.
Two new schools open:
Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School of Houston.
The Walton Family Foundation announces a $1.6 million investment in the Cristo Rey Network to support the onboarding of the School Growth Team and award seed funding to new schools opening in choice markets.
One of 2,400 nominees nationwide, the Cristo Rey Network receives the National CLASSY Award for Educational Advancement.
More international recognition follows. The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) honors the Cristo Rey Network’s Corporate Work Study Program, naming it one of six groundbreaking projects from worldwide to win a 2012 WISE Award. The Cristo Rey Network joins MIT as one of the four U.S.-based innovations to win this award.
Cristo Rey Columbus High School joins the Network.
Randy Kurtz is appointed the organization’s President and CEO. The Board of Directors elects Kevin Baine, a nationally recognized First Amendment attorney at Williams and Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., as Chairman.
Jane E. Genster is named President and CEO. Previously Vice President and General Counsel at Georgetown University and a member of the Cristo Rey Network Board of Directors, Jane brings a deep commitment to Cristo Rey, broad experience in secondary and post-secondary education, and extraordinary leadership skills.
Board of Directors adopts 2020 Strategic Plan, which seeks to deepen impact while sustaining growth, and projects 14,000 students in 40 Cristo Rey schools and 20,000 graduates by the start of the next decade.
In August 2015, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago participates in a virtual conversation with Pope Francis in anticipation of his historic trip to the United States. The ABC News special program airs on “20/20.”
The Wilson Sheehan Foundation awards a three-year gift totaling $2.4 million to launch College Initiatives 360, a multi-pronged program aimed at increasing college completion by for Cristo Rey graduates.
One school opens (Cristo Rey San Diego High School) and the Cristo Rey Network adds 3 university partners, bringing the list to 54 university partners offering up to 85% of financial assistance based on financial need.