The signature component of Cristo Rey® Boston High School is the Corporate Work Study Program – a national educational model that leverages the resources of local business communities to make private, college-preparatory education affordable and to give students an extraordinary experience that will shape the rest of their lives. This unique program separates Cristo Rey Boston from other schools in the area.
This academic year each Cristo Rey Boston student will work five full days per month at one of more than 140 local companies. To equip students with the skills they need to succeed at their work-study positions, all incoming freshmen and transfer students attend Foundations, a two-week summer program, to prepare for the professional world.
The impact of this innovative program on student achievement has been extraordinary. Here in Boston, and at all 32 Cristo Rey schools across the nation, students are going to college in record numbers in large part because of their exposure to the world of work. The Cristo Rey program stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when educators join forces with business leaders.