Catholic High School Information Guide
Cristo Rey points toward 2018
With a site chosen for the Cristo Rey high school set to open in fall 2018, other plans for the school, which will serve urban students, continue to take shape.
The school, whose working name is Cristo Rey East Bay High School, is expected to enroll a freshman class of 125 students, boys and girls. It will add a class each year. The chosen site, which has been St. Elizabeth High School for the last 95 years, should accommodate the anticipated eventual student body of 500.
The diocese's application to the Cristo Rey Network is due May 1, 2017. With the application, the diocese will need to show $2.5 million in pledges, which can be paid over five years, and letters of intent for 35 jobs, which will pay $32,000 a year each. Those jobs, which will be shared by students, will help defray the cost of tuition.
Nationwide, Cristo Rey schools serve a population that includes 97 percent students of color, with an annual household income of $35,000.
Progress is being made on both the financial front and the job prospects, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, told a meeting at St. Elizabeth High School on Sept. 7. He has the Brothers of the Christian Schools, well-known in the diocese for their ministry at Saint Mary's College, Saint Mary's College High School, De La Salle High School and De La Salle Academy, to provide school leadership.
A fundraiser for the school is planned for Oct. 1 in Alamo. Tickets for the Bishop's Cristo Rey Round Up and Western BBQ at Summit Ranch Equine Center, 100 Summit Ranch Road, Alamo, are $150 each; a table of 10 may be purchased for $1,350 by Sept. 19. All proceeds go directly to support the Cristo Rey high school program. Send checks to The Builders Club, 440 La Gonda Way, Box 45, Danville, CA 94526.
Steve Wilcox is the contact for the Founders Circle of Cristo Rey East Bay High School. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The enrollment for the new school is expected to begin in fall 2017, at the same time other Catholic schools in the diocese begin their application process.
— Michele Jurich
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