Message from the Principal
Dear Cristo Rey Philadelphia Students, Parents and Guardians,
As I sit down to write this letter to begin a new school year, I am filled with much pride and hope. Let me begin by sharing that Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School is a demanding college-prep school. Its long days, long school year, rigorous curriculum, student-centered classrooms, and challenging work-study program create a culture of high expectations for our students. I am proud that most of our students work hard to reach and sometimes surpass these expectations. Of course, I am proud of the work of our faculty and staff as well. These extraordinary men and women love our students and work tirelessly to motivate and encourage and push them so that they will be college-ready when they graduate Cristo Rey Philadelphia.
With yet another freshman class, the class of 2020, joining us this year, I often imagine the future of our students, and it fills me with much hope. My mind's eye pictures them running down the hallway with college acceptance letters in hand and yelling, "We did it!" I picture them hugging you, their parents and guardians, on Graduation Day with their Cristo Rey diploma in hand and whispering, "Thank you." I imagine them walking on their college campuses with their heads held high and thinking to themselves, "I am ready." Finally, I picture our students as college graduates returning to CRPHS and standing in front of our students at an assembly and saying, "The hard work is worth it. You can do it." I am confident that these dreams of mine will become a reality. I hope you share these dreams with me--they get me out of bed every morning.
Year 5 is underway at CRPHS. With the addition of our freshman class, we have 470 students walking the hallways this year, another year closer to college. I am proud to say that 100% of the Class of 2016 were accepted into a 4-year college and are on the next step on their educational journey.
Thank you for believing in Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. I am grateful for your support. Please keep us in your prayers. Be assured that you will be in mine.
With pride and hope,
Dr. Michael Gomez, Ed.D.