Cristo Rey High School is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school with a Professional Work Study Program empowering young men and women of all faiths, from economically challenged families, to graduate from college and achieve a lifetime of success. Cristo Rey Columbus targets under-served youth in central Ohio.
The Board Welcomes Your Support
The Cristo Rey Columbus High School Board continues to seek financial support in the form of grants, donations and pledges. You can also support the school by becoming a partner in the Professional Work Study Program.
Opened in 2013
Cristo Rey Columbus is the 26th Cristo Rey high school in the United States and will join a network of Catholic high schools throughout the country that make a college-preparatory education accessible to students of all faith denominations in some of the most challenging economic circumstances.
Working to Learn and Learning to Work
What makes Cristo Rey unique is the Professional Work Study Program that helps fund the students’ education. With this innovative educational model, each student works five days per month. School fees are paid by employers for student work, and this comprises the majority of the school budget.
Giving Students Educational Options
The model allows Cristo Rey schools to educate students who have grown up facing poverty and few educational options. “Our students will be learning to work and working to learn,” said Jim Foley, Cristo Rey Columbus High School President. “By earning their own education, they will learn first-hand its value. By working in a professional setting, they will learn first-hand the importance of a college education.”
With Support of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Bishop Frederick Campbell and the Catholic Diocese of Columbus are sponsors of Cristo Rey Columbus High School. At a time when Catholic schools are closing across America, Cristo Rey schools continue in the tradition of the Catholic Church by educating those most in need. Last year, 98% of last year’s Cristo Rey seniors graduated. All of these graduates were accepted into college.
Read more about how young lives are impacted by being part of the Cristo Rey Network of schools.