New Catholic high school makes college a reality for Kansas City’s low income residents

.- A new Catholic high school is making waves in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas--and providing a college preparatory education to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

Christo Rey Catholic high school will open its doors this August for its first class of low-income students from around metropolitan Kansas City.

113 students gathered for orientation on June 19th where they were instructed on topics ranging from dressing for success, team building, and workplace ethics--all of which, school officials hope, will help them succeed in the school’s mandatory work-study program.

The school’s unique approach will allow students to work at any of 30 participating local businesses, using their pay to cover all or most of their tuition costs. This, Christo Rey officials hope, will help build a work ethic which will prepare students for college and life goals thereafter.

The school, whose stated mission is to “provide a Catholic, college prep education enhanced by an innovative corporate work-study program to culturally diverse students with economic need,” is modeled after a similar one in Chicago.

Sister Vickie Perkins SCL, the school’s president told Kansas City’s Leaven newspaper that the keys to the school are economic hardship and serious students who are expected to continue on to college. “If you can afford another Catholic high school,” she said, “you can’t come here.”

In addition, nationally, 95 % of graduates from Christo Rey schools go on to college or university.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-30


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 7: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 24-30

Saint of the Day

Blessed William Ward »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:24-30


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: