About the Cristo Rey Network 

The Cristo Rey Network® is the only network of high schools in the country that integrate four years of rigorous college preparatory academics with four years of professional work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program. Comprised of 37 Catholic, college- and career-preparatory schools that today serve 12,000 students across 24 states and collectively claim 18,000 graduates, the Cristo Rey Network delivers a powerful and innovative approach to inner-city education that equips students from families of limited economic means with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives.
As the largest educational organization in the U.S. serving exclusively youth from families with limited economic means, the Cristo Rey movement empowers students to fulfill their life's dreams. Their success impacts numerous lives - the students, their friends and siblings, parents of students, and the broader community.
Cristo Rey schools are among the fastest growing small businesses in their neighborhoods and bring stability and growth, employment, and community development. A Cristo Rey school enrolling 400-600 students operates on an annual budget of $3-5 million and employs 40-75 individuals. The local economic activity continues to grow when physical additions to the schools or renovations are undertaken. The money generated produces taxes for the cities and counties in which people work and live.


Please enjoy the video below to learn a bit more about the work being done within the Cristo Rey Network.


Our Approach

Skin in the Game: A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out


3921 Saint Johns Avenue
C/O Cristo Rey Charleston High School
North Charleston, SC 29405
Cristo Rey is a network of Catholic, college and career- preparatory schools that exclusively serve low income students through a Corporate Work Study Program. Our unique approach to education allows students to receive a quality education and gain valuable work experience. A feasibility study is currently underway in the Charleston area to explore the opportunity of opening a Cristo Rey school. Help make this a reality for our Fall 2022 opening date by joining a committee, donating or becoming a job partner today!

Cristo Rey Charleston High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.