Cristo Rey New York High School

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Cristo Rey New York High School
The School That Works[1]

Coordinates40°47′33″N 73°56′50″W / 40.79250°N 73.94722°W / 40.79250; -73.94722Coordinates: 40°47′33″N 73°56′50″W / 40.79250°N 73.94722°W / 40.79250; -73.94722
TypeRoman Catholic, coeducational
Established2004; 15 years ago (2004)
PresidentFr. Joseph Parkes, SJ
DeanRobert Gordon, Laura Ripley, Rosanjela Batista
PrincipalWilliam Ford
Enrollment354 (2008)
Color(s)Red and White         
SongCristo Rey Alma Mater
Team nameLions/Lady Lions
NewspaperMane Stream
Tuition$1,185 (avg. paid)
AffiliationCristo Rey Network
DeanRobert Gordon (students)
AdmissionsDirector, William Porcaro
AthleticsDirector, William Porcaro
DeanLaura Ripley (faculty)
CounsellingDirector, Rosanjela Batista

Cristo Rey New York High School is a college preparatory, Catholic high school located in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, a member of the Cristo Rey Network of schools. Students spend one day out of the week interning with multinational corporations such as Pfizer, American Express, JP Morgan, and McKinsey.[1] The school's founder and principal is Bill Ford, whose aunt is the martyr Ita Ford.

According to Father Joseph Parkes, the president of the school, Cristo Rey High School was "founded around a work-study program, so that, in effect, the school would function like a temp agency."[1] The students, who are 98% black and Latino, serve as a "diversity pipeline" for the corporations, while the students' salaries constitute much of the school's operating costs. The students gain "a good deal of poise" in addition to clerical skills. Some are offered summer jobs.[1]


Cristo Rey New York High School was established in 2004 as a collaborative effort between the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and the Jesuits.[2] It functions in this low-income area of Manhattan to serve families who cannot afford private school tuition, serving students who may be behind on standardized tests.[3] The effectiveness of the school is well depicted in videos.[4][5] Four students share a full-time job in a corporation in the Manhattan area, splitting a salary of $27,500, or $6,875, toward their $12,000 tuition. The parents' share of tuition is set at $2,000, with adjustments for ability to pay, so that average tuition paid is about $1,185.[6] Fundraising makes up the remainder.[3]

CRNY is part of the Cristo Rey Network of high schools, the original being Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. For his 13 years of involvement with the school, its president Jesuit Father Joseph Parkes received the Catholic Extension Society Spirit of Francis Award in 2017.[7]

In January 2008, Loyola Press released a book titled More than A Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World.[8] Written by G. R. Kearney, a writer and former volunteer teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, the book documents the unlikely development of the Cristo Rey model and its success throughout the United States.


CRNY employs eight college-graduate volunteers who make a two-year commitment to assist in diverse ways in the school program. They live together and are remunerated for ordinary expenses.[9][10]

Clubs sponsored by the school include: Art Club, Black History Month committee, Choir, Dance Team, Drama Club, Lions Unite in a Pride (formally GSA), Minds Over Matter (STEM Club), MIMA (Modern Improvisational Music Appreciation Group), Student Council, Urban Exploration Club, Yearbook Club, and the student leadership programs Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Peer Mentors.[11]

Sports sponsored by the school include: cross-country (boys and girls), soccer (boys and girls), volleyball (girls), basketball (boys and girls), softball (girls), and baseball (boys).[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Marantz, Andrew (17 September 2012). "Skill Set". New Yorker. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Cristo Rey New York High School, New York, NY | SHCJ American Province". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  3. ^ a b Dwyer, Jim (2007-10-06). "Opening Minds, and Doors". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  4. ^ cristoreyny (2015-04-09), Cristo Rey New York High School, retrieved 2018-01-09
  5. ^ Brigid Quinn (2015-06-10), Cristo Rey New York Class of 2015, retrieved 2018-01-09
  6. ^ "Cristo Rey New York". Cristo Rey New York. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  7. ^ "Head of Cristo Rey New York High School receives Spirit of Francis Award". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  8. ^ "More than a Dream: How One's School Vision is Changing the World (The Cristo Rey Story)". 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  9. ^ "Cristo Rey New York Volunteer Program | Catholic Volunteer Network". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  10. ^ "Volunteer opportunity with Cristo Rey New York High School in East Harlem". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  11. ^ "Cristo Rey New York". Cristo Rey New York. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  12. ^ "Cristo Rey New York". Cristo Rey New York. Retrieved 2018-01-09.

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