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Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School recently announced that 100 percent of their first graduating senior class has been accepted into a four-year college. Cristo Rey college counselor Jared Epler and founding admissions director Flannery O'Connor made the announcement during the school's Honors Convocation. Cristo Rey's 86 seniors have earned 303 acceptances into 74 colleges and universities, and the acceptances continue to roll in.
"We are thrilled to announce that each and every one of our seniors has been accepted into college," said founder and president of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, John R. McConnell. "This first graduating class set an excellent precedent for future students at Cristo Rey. I truly believe that our seniors are well prepared and will excel at any university they choose and we look forward to watching them continue on their path to success."
Among the 303 acceptances are letters from Temple University, Fordham University, Providence University, Loyola University Maryland, Cabrini College, Fairfield University and Penn State University. Additional acceptances will continue to come in between now and April when students will begin to make matriculation decisions.
"From their very first day at Cristo Rey, our goal was to encourage and support these students, helping them grow and learn, with the ultimate goal of being accepted into college and achieving a bachelor's degree," said college councilor Jared Epler. "It's so inspiring to see how far they have come."
In addition to the 303 acceptance letters, many students received scholarships and financial aid. Senior Johnathan Ortiz was one of 106 students in the nation to be named a 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholar. The prestigious award is presented annually to high school students who have overcome adversity to pursue their dreams through higher education. Ortiz earned a $22,000 scholarship toward any college of his choice and will join an impressive network of Horatio Alger alumni.
"I am extremely grateful to all the Cristo Rey faculty who believed in me and helped me pursue my dreams of attending college," Ortiz said. "I look forward to seeing what college has in store for me, but will cherish my high school memories forever."
Now in its fourth year in Philadelphia, Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, a co-ed, college preparatory school, which will see its first senior class graduate on June 3.