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Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School is scheduled to welcome freshman students to campus the summer of 2018. Classes for sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be added one year at a time towards a full capacity of 500 students by fall of 2021.


CRISTO REY FORT WORTH - Feasibility Study Stage

  • The Cristo Rey Fort Worth (CRFW) Feasibility Study Committee was formed in summer of 2015.
  • The Feasibility Study Committee is required to accomplish the following in order to secure approval from the Cristo Rey Network to open a school:
  • Secure 35 letters of intent from Corporate Partners for student jobs
  • Raise $2.6 million in private philanthropy plus capital and operating expenses
  • Survey the community – 300 potential students (Current 6th and 7th graders)
  • CRFW will be a private, independent Catholic high school to be accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference, located in the Terrell Heights area of Southeast Fort Worth.
  • CRFW will not be part of the school system of the Ft. Worth Diocese
  • CRFW will follow a proven, revolutionary model of a college-preparatory high school curriculum accessible to those from the most economically challenged families in Fort Worth.
  • Anticipated opening: Fall 2018
  • 125 ninth-grade students projected for the inaugural class with a full capacity of 500 students anticipated by Fall 2021.
  • One class will be added each of the next four years.
  • Students
  • Youth living in poverty with an eagerness for academic success and an ability to work.
  • Student population to reflect the neighborhood.
  • Admissions
  • Applications will be accepted beginning Fall of 2017.
  • Bilingual assistance will be available for families throughout the admissions process.
  • Tuition
  • Families contribute to the cost of education based on financial ability
  • Total cost per student estimated at $14,000 per year
  • Corporate Work Study Program aims to cover 60% of the cost of education with parents paying less than 10% and the balance funded by private donations.
  • Corporate Work Study Program
  • A key component of the fiscal sustainability of the Cristo Rey model.
  • Students work in a corporate environment one day per week to earn a majority of their tuition and gain valuable experience for life after college
  • Students will attend VIVA! Summer Institute, a 3-week job training/school prep program.
  • Faith-based
  • Endorsed by Michael F. Olson, Bishop of Ft. Worth.
  • Religious education is included in the curriculum, with students of ALL faiths welcome.
  • Terrell Heights Population
  • 8,397 residents within a 5-mile radius
  • 50 percent African-American, 45 percent Hispanic 
  • 77% of the population earn $35,000 or less with a median income of $27,762.
  • Terrell Heights Educational Profile
  • 52.8 percent of the population has graduated from high school
  • 6.1 percent of the population graduated from college compared to 26 percent in Fort Worth overall.
  • 74 percent of students test to grade level average compared to 82 percent in Fort Worth



  • Founded by Jesuit priest, Fr. John Foley, SJ, in Chicago in 1996 with the opening of the first school.
  • Currently 30 Cristo Rey high schools in the Cristo Rey Network
  • Texas schools: Dallas (2015); Houston (2009)
  • Goal of 40 schools to open serving 14,000 students by 2020
  • Profile:
  • 9,953 students, 97% of color
  • Live at or below the federal poverty line
  • $35,000 - average family income of Cristo Rey students
  • $50 million earned by all Cristo Rey students in the CWSP
  • 2,325 Corporate Partners nationwide
  • 94% student-employee satisfaction rate of meeting/exceeding corporate partners’ expectations
  • 46 University Partners
  • Provide support to the network on issues of higher education affordability
  • Offer academic and social support
  • Host pre-college enrichment programs
  • Enroll Cristo Rey graduates
  • Cristo Rey Graduates
  • 100% college acceptance rate into two-year or four-year college
  • Four times the college completion rate of all low-income students
  • 92% College enrollment