Detroit Cristo Rey High School
|Detroit Cristo Rey High School|
|5679 West Vernor Highway
Detroit, Michigan, (Wayne County), 48209-2157
|Motto||The School That Works!|
Cristo Rey Network
|School district||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Catholic High School League|
|Sports||Basketball, Track, Cross Country, Volleyball.|
|Newspaper||Detroit Cristo Rey Howler|
Detroit Cristo Rey High School (DCRHS) is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Detroit, Michigan. The school opened in August, 2008 with an initial freshman class of about 100 students, and operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. It is a co-educational Catholic high school in the city of Detroit located in the West Vernor-Junction Historic District.
The high school building is part of the Most Holy Redeemer Church parish. It is co-sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and The Congregation of St. Basil. The school is located in the former Holy Redeemer High School building.
Detroit Cristo Rey High School opened August 2008 and graduated its first class in 2012. It is part of the Cristo Rey Network of high schools nationwide, the original being Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. The founding president of Detroit Cristo Rey was Dr. Earl J. Robinson, a past president of Lees-McRae College. The Board of Trustees named Michael Khoury president in 2009. Its founding principal is Susan Rowe, a former teacher and administrator at University of Detroit Jesuit High School.
A student admitted in the ninth grade must be able to read at a seventh grade level; students unable to meet this requirement may not be admitted.
During its first year (2008-2009), Detroit Cristo Rey had a student body that was approximately 50 percent African-American and 40 percent Hispanic. Approximately 50 percent of the student body was Catholic.
Cristo Rey schools are designed for children from low-income families. Each school has a maximum income cap for applicants. Detroit Cristo Rey has a standard tuition of $2,300/year but many families work at the school to lower their tuition costs to around $1,000/year.
In 2009, Detroit Cristo Rey High School has received grants from The Skillman Foundation, the McGregor Fund and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Students collaborated with Detroit Institute of Arts Art studio instructor Vito Valdez to create a mural representing the school and community.
Corporate Work Study Program
Cristo Rey Network schools utilize a unique work study program that pairs students and local businesses. Students work one day a week at a local business while their wages are paid to the school for their tuition. In the 2009-2010 school year, "About 35 employers and 120 freshmen and sophomores are involved, and the program covered about 35 to 40 percent of the school's total expenses."
The Cristo Rey Model
In January 2008, Loyola Press released a book titled More than A Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World (More than a Dream official site). The book, authored by G.R. Kearney, a writer and former volunteer teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, documents the unlikely development of the Cristo Rey model and its remarkable success throughout the United States.
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