Classes already started for about 80 freshmen attending the Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School at Our Mother of Mercy — a campus tucked in a southeast Fort Worth neighborhood that focuses on sending more first-generation students to college by weaving jobs into the school week.
But before Cristo Rey students start delving into math, reading and writing, they have to master job skills such as typing, filing and public speaking during a three-week training program. That’s because students who attend the new school get jobs that help pay for their private tuition through a corporate work-study program.
“Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School is a new private college preparatory Catholic high school that offers affordable private college preparatory high school to families who otherwise couldn’t find access to it,” said John M. Pritchett, president of the school.
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