Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School at Our Mother of Mercy has completed its feasibility study and has received approval to open in August of 2018 from the Cristo Rey Network in Chicago, the school announced July 6.
The approval followed an 18-month feasibility study led by local business, philanthropic, and community leaders, led by Charlie Morrison, chairman of the board of directors of Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School, and president and CEO of Wingstop Inc.
The new school is a member of the Cristo Rey Network of 32 Catholic, college preparatory high schools currently serving 10,993 students from low-income families. It is an independent 501(c)(3) entity governed by its own board of directors.
The Cristo Rey Network started more than 20 years ago in Chicago. The students earn 60 percent of their tuition in a corporate work study program working one day a week in professional settings while gaining real-world work experience at the same time, the school said in a news release. Philanthropy covers 30 percent of the cost, and the family is asked to provide whatever it can, typically about 10 percent of the estimated $14,000 annual tuition.
Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School will open with 125 ninth grade students and will add a grade of the same size each subsequent year until it serves grades nine through 12. The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School’s religious sponsor, donated property at 1007 E. Terrell Ave. to the school. The school will begin accepting applications in September 2017.
For students and families:
Visit cristoreyfortworth.org or email Dani Ray Barton at email@example.com. The school will begin accepting applications September 2017.
To participate in the Corporate Work Study Program or request additional information, email Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals and organizations should contact John Pritchett, school president, at email@example.com.
– FWBP Staff