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How it Works for Students

The Work-Study Program is the backbone of a Cristo Rey education. It provides students invaluable real-world experience in the workplace and allows this educational opportunity to remain affordable.  The Work-Study Office engages with Philadelphia-area businesses to sponsor full-time professional jobs for students.

The Work-Study Program does not interfere with, but rather complements, the college preparatory curriculum of the school. Each student works one day each week - a total of five days per month- in a professional setting. Each full-time job is shared by four students. Our extended four-day-per-week academic schedule ensures students do not miss class time.

The Work-Study Program offsets the cost of the quality Catholic, college preparatory education offered at Cristo Rey Philadelphia. Approximately 60% of the cost of each student's education is covered through the Work-Study Program. 



How old must a student be to participate in the Work-Study Program?

A student must be 14 years of age to participate in the Work-Study Program. 

Does the work schedule interfere with the classroom schedule?

No, the daily schedule is organized so that all students complete a full weekly class schedule in an extended-day format. Following the proven success of other Cristo Rey schools across the nation, students at Cristo Rey Philadelphia will fulfill all of the requirements of a college preparatory high school. 

Do all students go to work?

Yes, all students are required to participate in the Work-Study Program. This program is part of the curriculum and finances a significant portion of the student’s cost of education. Each student will work one day each week and then one rotating day each month, for a total of five workdays per month.

Will students get to choose where they work?

All students will complete a summer training program prior to the start of school. At this time, the Work-Study Office will begin to explore with students their interests and preferences for work experiences. The Director of the Work-Study Program and the school Principal will make the final determination on student job placement.

Who supervises the students at work?

The Work-Study Office has a working relationship with an on-site supervisor at the Job Partner company who will help guide and support the student in this challenging, rewarding experience. Both the supervisor and school staff will provide overall guidance, education and support to ensure that students are successful at work.

Can parents contact the company where their child works?

All communications to Job Partners are made through the Work-Study Office at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School.

How does the student get to work each week?

A benefit to our program is that Work-Study staff transport all student employees to their jobs each morning and pick them up each afternoon. All students arrive at school each morning and then head to either work or class.

What kind of work will students do?

Student teams of four will cover one full-time, entry-level position at one of the employment sites. Students may file paperwork at a law firm, answer phones at an insurance company or scan documents at a real estate firm. A student’s job description may evolve over time with experience. The purpose of the work experience is to expose students to a professional culture and expand their dreams of what is possible for their future.

How can I get more information about the Work-Study Program?

Contact the Director of the Work-Study Program, Bob Fabiszewski, at rfabiszewski@crphs.org

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