About Cristo Rey
Cristo Rey is the nation's largest private high school network serving low-income minority communities. With our innovative model, over half of the school is funded through a Work Study Program. Here, students work in the office of participating businesses. Not only does this pay for student's college-prep education, but they also develop invaluable job skills as they work with over 3,450 companies that include:
Blackbaud, Volvo, Roper St. Francis, Google, Ernst & Young, NASA, Hewlett Packard, Coca Cola, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America.
Needed Now, More Than Ever
Despite an enviable economy, Charleston has some of the state's lowest-performing and most divided schools. Five of Charleston County’s high schools ranked in the bottom 30 statewide. All five schools have an enrollment consisting primarily of students of color with high levels of poverty. "If the state is to grow and attract more business, experts warn, South Carolina must find a way to overcome the many challenges that are driving our students toward the back of the pack." - Charleston Post and Courier