Cristo Rey San Diego High School

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Q: When will Cristo Rey San Diego open?

A: Cristo Rey San Diego High is scheduled to open with the first 9th grade class in August 2020. Each year, we will accept a new 9th grade class until all four classes (9th – 12th grades) are complete in 2024.



Q: How big is the school?

A: Cristo Rey San Diego will open with approximately 125 freshmen. At full enrollment with all four grade levels, there will be 500 students.



Q: Where is the school?

A: Cristo Rey San Diego will be located at 1228 38th Street in Southcrest, at the former St. Jude Academy, next to St. Jude Shrine of the West.



Q: Do you need to be Catholic to apply?

A: No. All students are welcome at Cristo Rey San Diego. Across the Cristo Rey Network, approximately half of students are Catholic and half are not. It should be understood that Cristo Rey is a Catholic institution, and religion classes, monthly liturgical celebrations, and spiritual retreats are part of the school.



Q: What will the cost of tuition be? 

A: Tuition will be based on a sliding scale dependent on each family’s financial circumstances. This amount will be combined with money earned through the work-study program and private philanthropy to cover the entire cost of tuition.  



Q: What are the requirements for admission?

  • FinancialThe school is designed for students who desire a quality Catholic education but who cannot otherwise afford one. Families must be at or below the income threshold to continue with the admissions process. The tuition management system will also be used to verify need on a case-by-case basis.
  • Age: Students must be 14 years old by September 1st of the year they enroll.
  • Scholarship: Students must have at least average grades and attendance and be willing to work hard to meet high academic expectations and the work obligations of the school.
  • Employability: Students must possess the maturity and work ethic necessary to be successful working with adults in an office environment.
  • Desire & Dedication: The most important qualities a student can bring to Cristo Rey San Diego are the desire and dedication to work hard on the job and at school.



Q: What are classes like?

A: We have a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Students should expect to be challenged and work hard to attain the skills that will lead them to success in college and beyond.



Q: Do graduates go to college?

A: 100% of Cristo Rey graduates are accepted into college, and 90% enroll. Cristo Rey San Diego will provide personal support to graduates throughout their college years.



Q: Are there extra-curricular activities and sports?

A: Yes, sports and clubs will be determined based on student interest and the availability of sponsors.



Q: Is there a uniform?

A: Yes, the school is designed to reflect the dress and atmosphere of a corporate workplace. As such, the students wear a uniform daily. All students will be taught to dress and groom themselves in a manner appropriate for a professional work environment.



Q: Is the school calendar the same as San Diego and/or other area Catholic schools?

A: While every effort is made to align the calendar, the primary influence on the calendar is the corporate work world. As such, some of the holidays and vacations are more in line with federal holidays than traditional school holidays. In addition, summer training for all incoming students will begin in July and is a requirement of admission to the program.



Q: Do all students participate in the Corporate Work Study program?

A: Yes. As a requirement for admission, all students must be 14 years old and have the necessary documentation to be legally employed in the USA. Students who cannot hold a job cannot remain in the academic program.



Q: Where will students work? 

A: Students will work in a variety of industries such as: law, finance and accounting, healthcare, technology, engineering and energy.  See the list of committed work partners here.



Q: Do students get to choose their jobs?

A: Student interests and skills are taken into consideration for their job placement. Ultimately, the Corporate Work Study Program team decides where each student will work each year.



Q: Will you provide transportation?

A: Cristo Rey San Diego will provide transportation for the students to and from their designated work place. Transportation options to and from the school are currently being researched.