Letter from the President
August 3, 2017
Dear Friends of Cristo Rey Philadelphia,
For the second year in a row, all of Cristo Rey Philadelphia's graduating seniors were admitted to a four-year college. The 80 graduates in the class of 2017 received acceptances to Villanova, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Drexel. Penn State, NYU, and 158 other universities and they earned $8.7 million in scholarships.
They follow in the footsteps of the class of 2016 who have blazed the trail for all of our students: 100% accepted to a four-year college, 96% enrolled as freshmen - 91% of them finishing their freshman year.
In two weeks 160 new freshmen will begin Prep for Success Bootcamp and our total enrollment will grow to nearly 500 students.
Parents in Philadelphia now know - Cristo Rey is "the school that works."
We offer an affordable college prep education exclusively to low-income students who want to graduate from college and later have successful careers. Our program combines a rigorous academic curriculum with work internships in leading Philadelphia-area businesses. At their internships, students do real work alongside supportive professionals.
We are "the school that works" because Cristo Rey Philadelphia is not just a school, but a network of collaborators: students, parents, benefactors, faculty, business partners, feeder schools, and university partners.
Our community believes that quality education improves people's lives, makes our economy more efficient, and contributes to a more equitable society. We believe that education is critical to ending the cycle of poverty, yet, in Philadelphia, where 40% of our children live in poverty, a good quality high school education is inaccessible to most low-income families - the families who need it most. We believe that this systemic failure destroys human potential, divides our community, and is socially unsustainable.
Cristo Rey offers a reliable and permanent escape from the trap of poverty. We believe that the success of our students demonstrates that the crushing problem of urban education can be solved.
After 5 years, I think we are approaching the end of our beginning. We are satisfied with our launch, but we are especially excited about our plans for the future.
Come along with us!
John R. McConnell
Founder and President
PS: Click here to watch video about one of our students that attends the Caddie Academy through the Western Golf Association.
2017 senior class president, Gregory Damas (recipient of the Anthony Randazzo Endowed Presidential Scholarship to Villanova University) addresses his fellow graduates at commencement.