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The Eudists Sponsor Cristo Rey San Diego

The Feasibility Study Committee of Cristo Rey San Diego High School announce The Congregation of Jesus and Mary as sponsor of the college preparatory school that will offer families with limited means a transformative educational option.

The Eudists Sponsor Cristo Rey San Diego

The Congregation of Jesus and Mary will sponsor Cristo Rey San Diego High School, on target to open in 2020.

  • Cristo Rey San Diego is on target to open Fall 2020
  • Every student works 5 days per month at a professional position to earn their tuition
  • 100% Of Cristo Rey Network graduates are accepted into college.
  • Eudists are the religious sponsor, and will develop Catholic environment and support students and staff

San Diego, CA, August 19, 2018– The Feasibility Study Committee of Cristo Rey San Diego High School announce The Congregation of Jesus and Mary as sponsor of the college preparatory school that will offer families with limited means a transformative educational option. On target to serve its inaugural freshman class in fall 2020, Cristo Rey San Diego’s distinctive model will blend rigorous academics, four years of professional work experience, Catholic educational values, and support for students to and through college.

The Congregation of Jesus and Mary (commonly known as the Eudists) made their commitment official on August 19, in celebration of the Feast Day of St John Eudes. They join 38 other religious congregations that sponsor the 35 existing Cristo Rey Network schools across the country. The Eudists run two parishes in San Diego County: St Patrick’s in Carlsbad and St James/St Leo’s in Solana Beach.

“Cristo Rey schools have a track record of changing lives. Students in Southeast San Diego will be able to change the trajectory of their own lives through education and work. They’ll graduate high school with a diploma, a resume, and confidence to chase their dreams.” Says Deacon Mike Daniels, Feasibility Study Co-Chair. “ The Eudists will be a blessing to both the future students and staff of Cristo Rey San Diego.”

With permission from the local Bishop in early 2017, the Cristo Rey San Diego Feasibility Study Committee began working to bring the innovative Cristo Rey education model to San Diego. Operating with the guidance of the Cristo Rey Network national office, the Feasibility Study Committee is conducting a thorough needs assessment to ensure there is both interest from future students and support from the business and philanthropic community. 20 local companies have already committed to hire students through the Corporate Work Study Program, including Sempra Energy, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, and The University of San Diego.

Cristo Rey San Diego High School will be the sixth Cristo Rey school in California, joining schools in Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento.

About the Cristo Rey Network®:
The Cristo Rey Network is the largest network of high schools in the country focused exclusively on the education of students from low-income families. Comprised of 35 Catholic, college preparatory schools serving more than 10,000 students across 22 states, the Cristo Rey Network delivers a distinctive approach to inner-city education that equips students with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives. From freshman year, Cristo Rey schools blend rigorous academics, four years of professional work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program, Catholic educational values, and support for students to and through college. The impact is clear: Cristo Rey graduates currently enroll and graduate from college at more than twice the rate as their low-income high school graduate peers.


Join us in working to bring life-changing education and work experience to students from low-income families in San Diego. To get involved or to learn more about enrollment or Corporate Sponsorship please contact Maria Moodie, Feasibility Study Coordinator, at maria@cristoreysandiego.org.