Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston

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Cristo Rey Jesuit
College Preparatory of Houston
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston is located in Texas
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston
Cristo Rey Jesuit
College Preparatory of Houston
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston is located in the United States
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston
Cristo Rey Jesuit
College Preparatory of Houston
6700 Mount Carmel Drive

Texas 77087, USA
Coordinates29°39′49″N 95°15′31″W / 29.66361°N 95.25861°W / 29.66361; -95.25861Coordinates: 29°39′49″N 95°15′31″W / 29.66361°N 95.25861°W / 29.66361; -95.25861
TypePrivate, coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic, Jesuit
Established2009; 10 years ago (2009)
FounderFr. T.J. Martinez, S.J.
PresidentPaul Posoli [1]
RectorFr. Anthony Rauschuber, S.J.
PrincipalDavid Garcia-Prats
ChaplainFr. Anthony Wieck, S.J.[2]
Enrollment500 (2013-2014)
Color(s)Orange, white, and marigold
AthleticsBoys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, flag football, baseball, softball, boys and girls basketball, and golf
AffiliationCristo Rey Network

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston is a Roman Catholic secondary school located on 6700 Mount Carmel Drive in Houston, Texas, United States. It was founded by the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus and continues to be a sponsored work of the Jesuits. It is a part of the Cristo Rey Network and also affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Father T.J. Martinez, S.J., was the founding president.

The school was opened in August 2009,[3] on the campus of the former Mount Carmel High School.[4][5] Like other Cristo Rey schools, students help pay for their tuition through a work-study program. All 60 of the school's first senior class graduated and were accepted into colleges, from the University of Texas to Georgetown.[6][7]

Cristo Rey Jesuit, along with The Chinquapin School and Yellowstone Academy, is one of the few Greater Houston private schools that serve exclusively low income students.[8] In 2016 the racial mix of the student body was: 78.3% Hispanic, 15.2% African American, and 3.5% mixed race.[9]

Admission requirements[edit]

Financial: Students should come from a family with sufficient financial need to qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. Families who are only slightly over this level are still encouraged to apply. The PSAS financial aid application will be used to verify need on a case-by-case basis, as the first criterion for admission.

Age: In general, students must be 14 years old by September 1 of the year they enroll. To work at a work site other than the Corporate Work Study office, a student must be at least 14.

Scholarship: Students must have at least average grades and attendance and be willing to work hard to achieve the high academic expectations and the work obligations of the school.

Employability: Students must possess the maturity and work ethic necessary to be successful in an office environment working with adults. All students must also be able to present legal verification of their citizenship or residence, and either have or be able to obtain a social security number.

The Corporate Work-Study Program[edit]

The Corporate Work-Study Program provides students with the opportunity to receive a university-preparatory education while providing real-world work experience. Cristo Rey Jesuit students spend between one and two days each week at a major corporation in an entry-level job. The salary earned pays for approximately 70% of their tuition at Cristo Rey Jesuit.[10]

Sports and extra-curricular activities[edit]

Cristo Rey Jesuit sponsors teams in cross country and flag football, as well as for girls: soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, and golf; and for boys: soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and golf. It is a member of the Texas Christian Athletic League.[11] Clubs and other activities include the areas of newspaper, chess, art, books, service, garden, woods (hiking, camping, environmentalism), Ambassadors (receive guests), Lyrical Lyons, Hearts on Fire, and National Honor Society. Clubs and activities depend on student interest and availability of sponsors.[12] Cristo Rey Houston was one of three schools chosen nationally by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space for inclusion of its experiments in the International Space Station in 2014.[13]

However, students' first commitment on the days they work is to their corporate sponsor; they may not miss work to participate in sporting events or other activities. Likewise, students who are struggling academically will be placed in tutoring and may be unable to participate in extra-curricular opportunities until they are able to improve their academic performance.[14]


  1. ^ Board of Trustees at Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ Educate Magis. December 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "About Cristo Rey Jesuit." Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston. Retrieved on February 6, 2009.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Mount Carmel High School Website!." Mount Carmel High School. April 15, 2007. Retrieved on February 6, 2009.
  5. ^ "New school buys Mt. Carmel campus Archived 2010-05-10 at the Wayback Machine." KTRK-TV. Thursday August 21, 2008. Retrieved on February 6, 2009.
  6. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep of Houston Graduates 100 Percent of Its First Class". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  7. ^ "Building leaders at Cristo Rey". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  8. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer. "Third Ward school for poorest of poor still thriving." Houston Chronicle. Monday October 11, 2010. Retrieved on October 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep School Of Houston". SchoolDigger. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  10. ^ "How the Work Study Program Works." Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston. Retrieved on May 26th, 2009.
  11. ^ "Schools". Texas Christian Athletic League. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  12. ^ "Student Life". Cristo Rey Jesuit. 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  13. ^ "Cristo Rey Jesuit". National Design Challenge Pilot Program. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  14. ^ "Student Life". Cristo Rey Jesuit. 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2017-07-19.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kearney, G. R. More Than a Dream: The Cristo Rey Story: How One School's Vision Is Changing the World. Chicago, Ill: Loyola Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-82-942576-5

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