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ANNUAL REPORT Cristo Rey Network

REFLECTIONS FROM CHAIR EMERITUS Dear Friends: Another year is history, and this whole Cristo Rey story continues to amaze us. When I made my annual retreat during Holy Week earlier this year, it came to me that it may well be that the Cristo Rey story is just beginning. So it’s not a question of simply remembering all that God has done for us, but preparing for what the Cristo Rey story might be in the future. I keep waiting for the enthusiasm to wane, but it doesn’t happen. I guess it just means that you can’t corral God’s grace. There is no stopping what our King wants to do in this world. And thank God that for some mysterious reason we are chosen to be part of it! God’s grace is alive and well among us. When we tell the Cristo Rey story we always emphasize that when we began this work, we didn’t know what we were doing. I think it’s really important to remember that. Recall what Sister Helen Prejean wrote: if it’s not a surprise, if it’s not scary, and if it’s not an adventure, it’s not a calling from Jesus! So to not know what we were doing or where we were going is a very good sign! Our phone continues to ring. It’s a blessing and a privilege to be able to serve more and more deserving young people. I love to say that we seem to be the only movement in Catholic education in this country that is growing. And our schools are exclusively for those who otherwise would not have a private, faith-based college prep education.

When thinking about the Cristo Rey movement, another thing that jumps out is the fact that the total is really more than the sum of the parts. When you consider all the elements that are part of our movement, nothing seems to warrant the interest and support that are generated. That unknown quantity, once again, is God’s grace. When grace is part of the mix, all bets are off. There is no predicting its future. So while we can’t explain the success of the Cristo Rey movement, we are definitely on the right track. God always surprises us and keeps life interesting. May we never tire of promoting the Kingdom, and may the world be a little more what God meant it to be because of our efforts! Stay tuned. Sincerely in Cristo Rey,

Chair Emeritus and Chief Mission Officer

2 | Follow Voices of Cristo Rey at www.cristoreynetwork.org; Cover photo by Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee High School

LETTER FROM LEADERSHIP Dear Friends of Cristo Rey: Twenty-one years after our first school opened its doors in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, our audacious vision of “Transforming Urban America One Student at a Time” continues to flourish. As the largest network of college preparatory high schools in the United States that exclusively serves low-income students, we educate 11,521 young people. Our unique model that aims to produce graduates who are both college-ready and work-prepared couples a challenging, college preparatory curriculum with our unique Corporate Work Study Program. This dual model develops in students skills and habits of mind including persistence, initiative and self-direction, productivity, and complex reasoning – building a foundation and a trajectory for college and career success. We have accomplished much in 21 years, thanks to the many good people involved in this work. Yet we have far to go – to keep our promise to our students and families of academic preparedness for college

and college completion. The Corporate Partners, teachers and school leaders, University Partners and Religious Sponsors, national office staff, local and national Boards, and investors who believe in the power of this work continue to strategically forge ahead towards closing the gap between our current reality and our ambitious vision. With admiration for those who have led the work in the past, in particular our former CEO Jane Genster and Board Chair Kevin Baine, and with gratitude for the many volunteers, investors, and employees who champion the vision each day, we remain yours in Cristo Rey.

Elizabeth Goettl President and CEO Cristo Rey Network

W. Nicholas Howley Board Chair TransDigm Group Incorporated

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MISSION The Cristo Rey Network empowers thousands of students from underserved, low-income communities to develop their minds and hearts to become lifelong contributors to society. By providing students an extraordinary college preparatory education and a unique four-year, integrated corporate work study experience, we seek to transform urban America one student at a time. 4 | Photo by Arrupe Jesuit High School (Denver)


2% White 60% Hispanic

31% Black



7% Other


SCHOOL OF ORIGIN 4% Other 40% Public

29% Catholic




27% Charter





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To advance the success of all our students, our Leading and Learning Team develops and engages school leaders and teachers in ongoing work around instructional leadership, teacher effectiveness, and student achievement. We lead continued refinement of the proprietary network-wide curriculum and assessments to ensure appropriate rigor. To strengthen effective implementation of the curriculum, we are advancing principals’ instructional support to teachers and their focus on continuous school-wide



improvement through Principal Leadership Groups that are maximizing the way in which our principals collaborate and learn from each other. As we sustain school support through one-onone, small group, and all-Network initiatives, this multi-level approach enables our principals to build their capacity in the following areas: • Developing Systems to Gather and Analyze Evidence of Learning • Supporting High Quality Instruction • Deepening Cultural Proficiency • Designing Benchmark-aligned Curriculum

6 | Photo (above) by Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore; photo (right) by Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School


$62 MILLION 95% 87%



“As far as a business practice goes, it’s a win-win-win model. There are not many triple wins in business, but this is one of them.” Leo Sheridan CEO, The Advanced Group


The Corporate Work Study Team standardizes and scales effective practices to support the wide range of operations critical to the program. Areas of focus include retaining current Corporate Partners, growing the job sales pipeline, and efficiently managing student work placements for increased student performance. Our expansion of a four-year workplace training curriculum creates synergies with our academic curriculum and the cognitive and non-cognitive skills it fosters. The result is that our students graduate with a unique work experience and are equipped with technical and professional skills that are useful in college and in their future careers.


“My friends’ resumes could not compare to my own coming out of high school.”

Caylin Moore Verbum Dei High School, Class of 2012 Texas Christian University, Class of 2017

8 | TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. with Caylin Moore; photo by Glen E. Ellman

COLLEGE INITIATIVES Cristo Rey graduates currently earn four-year Bachelor’s degrees at more than twice the rate of high school graduates from low-income families nationwide.

As we work towards achieving college completion rates that are equal to those of children from economically-advantaged families, College Initiatives 360 is focused on multiple interrelated efforts to bolster our schools’ college-going cultures and support for Cristo Rey graduates to and through college. Funded by the Wilson Sheehan Foundation, Cristo Rey’s programming targets four levers of priorities and is increasing our momentum to drive growth in years to come: 1. Strengthening and expanding college counseling in our schools 2. Improving technological support to college counselors and students 3. Supporting alumni advising 4. Growing University Partnerships Our College Success Fund augments this work by equipping Cristo Rey schools with the financial resources to increase college counselor and alumni advisor personnel as well as support students’ participation in pre-college summer immersion programs. To ensure that Cristo Rey graduates have the necessary financial resources to complete college, the Cristo Rey Howley Scholarship Program, a collaboration with The Howley Foundation, awards supplemental four-year grants to graduates enrolled at any one of our University Partner institutions.

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A member of Verbum Dei High School’s Class of 2012, Caylin (left) graduated from Texas Christian University where he majored in economics and continued his storied run as a scholar athlete. Previously selected to study at the Fulbright Summer Institute, Caylin was awarded a 2017 Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a Master of Public Policy at Oxford. He shares how the Cristo Rey experience prepared him for success in college and in life: “The academics were very rigorous and the expectations were high. The Corporate Work Study Program stood out to me tremendously. My friends’ resumes could not compare to my own coming out of high school. The Corporate Work Study Program also encouraged me to continually build upon my resume and seek out many other opportunities.”


SCHOOL GROWTH Composite data for the Class of 2016 shows a 3.0 average ACT gain from freshman to senior year, which aligns with the growth of many high-performNEW SCHOOLS IN ing charter networks. While achievement gains are DEVELOPMENT evident, we must work continuously to improve academic achievement growth in fulfillment of our mission. Our Teaching and Learning Team will deepen and expand upon a series of interrelated, high impact initiatives to advance the success of every student.



More young men and need We willdeserving lead ongoing refinement of thewomen proprietary access to acurriculum transformative Catholic, to college network-wide and assessments preparatory education. To achieve our 2020 vision, ensure appropriate rigor. To strengthen effective implementation curriculum, we will advance the Cristo Reyof the Network’s replication process principals’ instructional to teachers reflects two decades support of proven school through growth the development of micro-networks that will redeand ensures consistent efforts that drive long term sign and maximize the way in which our principals academic success. collaborateand and operational learn from each other.With Whilesupport the from the Caster Family Team Trust will andcontinue The Drexel Fund, Teaching and Learning to supthe national office School Growth Team and port schools with both one-on-one and all-Network initiatives, micro-networks (each comprised six personnel across all subject matter teams of engage principals, average) additional andof with each on new schoolintroduce from theanearly stages more focused approach for our principals to work development to share demonstrated best practices together to address a prioritized area of improvein all critical organizational areas.and leverage the ment or innovation. To facilitate small group expertise, principals will meet face-toface three times per year to collaborate on evidence-based approaches in each area of emphasis.

Opening in 2018 Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School


Feasibility and Pre-Feasibility Studies Cristo Rey Louisville High School Cristo Rey Miami High School Cristo Rey Richmond High School Cristo Rey San Diego High School Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas College Preparatory Twelve additional cities have been identified as prospective growth markets.

Existing Schools In Development Target Markets

10 | Photo (right) by Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School

“This school will positively affect so many lives by providing the opportunity for students to reach their full potential while exposing them to professional careers.”

Judy Love Co-founder, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores

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FINANCIALS Comparative Schedule of National Office Revenue and Expenses Support and Revenue:

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“While the financial benefits of this arrangement are great for the students and their families, even more significantly, it may be the way that the Cristo Rey schools help students build their own ‘social capital’ by learning skills and attitudes that will help them succeed in life.” “Cristo Rey Schools Build Social Capital for Students — and Financial Stability for Schools,” Education Next

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LEADERSHIP 2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS W. Nicholas Howley (Board Chair) Founder, CEO, and Chairman TransDigm Group Incorporated George W. Bilicic Vice Chairman of Investment Banking Lazard Freres & Co. LLC

Robert M. Mooney Private Investor Tom O’Connor Former General Partner Bear Stearns & Co. John E. O’Shea President | JCJ Energy

Susan Braddock New York, NY

Paul E. Purcell Chairman | Robert W. Baird & Co.

Sr. Eileen Enright, RSM President | Cristo Rey Sacramento High School

Leo Sheridan Founder and CEO | Advanced Group

John P. Foley, S.J. Chair Emeritus and Chief Mission Officer Cristo Rey Network

John Thompson Former SVP and General Manager BestBuy.com

Jim Gartland, S.J. Rector | Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community at Boston College

Martha Wyrsch Executive Vice President and General Counsel | Sempra Energy

Jane E. Genster Education and Non-Profit Leader


Elizabeth Goettl President and CEO | Cristo Rey Network

Elizabeth Goettl President and CEO

Patrick James Founder and Owner | Crowne Group, Inc.

John P. Foley, S.J. Chair Emeritus and Chief Mission Officer

Preston Kendall President | Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

George V. Fornero, Ed.D. Chief Academic Officer

Michael Khoury President | Detroit Cristo Rey High School

Brian D. Melton SVP for External Relations and General Counsel

Ann Korologos Former United States Secretary of Labor

Dan Walsh SVP of Corporate Work Study

Jane Martinez Dowling Executive Director | KIPP Through College

Patrick Dunphy Director of Administration

John R. McConnell Founder and President Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Brenda Morris Director of Advancement

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HONOR ROLL We are grateful to the following donors who made a gift to the Cristo Rey Network between July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. $500,000+ Anonymous The Wilson Sheehan Foundation $50,000 - $249,999 Advanced Group Anonymous Anonymous George and Laura Bilicic Richard and Susan Braddock Foundation Caster Family Trust The Dana Foundation The Drexel Fund The Howley Foundation The Louis Calder Foundation David Kvapil Trust Mario Family Foundation O’Shea Family Foundation Purcell Charitable Foundation Sandor Foundation Roger and Susan Stone Family Foundation $25,000 - $49,999 Kevin and Thayer Baine Jane E. Genster and John J. Buckley, Jr. GHR Foundation Joseph Rauenhorst Family Foundation Ventana Charitable Foundation Gerard J. and Martha B. Wyrsch Charitable Foundation $10,000 - $24,999 Patrick J. Foley Paul B. Gaffney John and Barbara Hazeltine William V. and Paula McMenamin Tom O’Connor James and Sharon O’Sullivan McNamara Purcell Foundation $5,000 - $9,999 Helen Brach Foundation Charles Bidwill Christopher and Rosemary Dorment Paul and Rosemary Eide Perry Family Charitable Foundation John and Carol Thompson

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$1,000 - $4,999 Jo-Ann and Rocco Abbate Robert Becherer Philip J. Ward and Claire E. Cunningham John and Rosemary Croghan Paul Darley Patrice and John DeCorrevont William and Arline DeJoseph Charles and ShirleyU Feeney Ariel and Emmet Flood Fordham Campus Ministry Brian Gallagher Christopher Hebig David and Margaret Hensler Susan and Leander Jennings Kevin Downey and Michele Jolin Robert H. Keller Stephen Kern William Laimbeer Susan A. Leverone Mary Jane MacAfee William and Kathe McDaniels The Dennis Meyer Foundation Patrick Mitoraj Sheila Murphy Susan B. Murphy Dennis M. and Kathy O’Keefe Susan R. and John W. Sullivan Foundation The Vardaman Family Foundation Richard and Marilee Wehman $500 - $999 Sarah F. and J. Stephen Baine Mary Batch Robert and Sheila Berner Gail Britton and Peter Knight George Cavanaugh Philip Delaney, Jr. and Julie Sheridan Delaney Peter Ten Eyck Brian and Kathy Hayes Joseph Kurtin Paul Lazotte John Lee Robert and Linda Lewandowski Thaddeus Mackrell Thomas and Madeleine McKeon Edward McLaughlin Jon and Linda Morris Frank and Lois Noonan Norton and Mary Ann O’Meara

Robert and Kathryn Otter Amanda Roden Colin Scully Mary Sherry Robert Van Kirk Tami Wilson $100 - $499 Radm. Robert and Mrs. Lois Abele Sean Adcroft Anonymous The Athanasiu Family Charitable Fund Wade W. Bass Shaun Bell Michelle Bentivegna Royal Berg Mary V. Brancaccio Lewis E. Brown Robert B. Brumder Maureen Casatelli Charles Catalano Maureen Joyce Chavoen Judith M. Coates Daniel and Maria Connolly Edward J. Coogan, III Agnes M. Dempsey Madison DiNapoli Andrew Doherty Kelly S. and Matthew W. Fairweather Anne and Richard Feeney Frank and Maura Fetsko William and Patricia Fitzpatrick Charles and Marilyn Flynn George and Bettina Francis Theodore and Laura Fuger Bernard and Karen Gallagher Thomas Haggerty Joseph J. Halbach, Jr. Louis and Teresa Harrington Dana Henderson Mary Hogan Tony Horton Frank and Patricia Johnson Ed and Linda Kaiel Mary and J. TimothyU Kelley Rebecca King William Klein Edward Koger William Kunisch James and Jody Land

David Landry Charles M. and Sandra R. Lizza Thomas and Alicia Luna Charlotte MacDonald Curtis Mahoney John Manfredi Laurie Manka David and Mary Grace Martin Stephen McGeady James and Mary McShane Elizabeth and Dale Meers Brian and Darcy Melton James and Betty Miller Frank Molony Michael and Denise Moran James and Marcia Morley Andrew and Brenda Morris John Muller George and Margaret Murphy G. Michael Nidiffer, MD Larry and Mary Nirschl Joseph M. and Joan F. Noonan Alma O’Brien SFCC Edmond and Maryann O’Connor Jeanne Oelerich Thomas Ogg Rowena and Ben Parma Milan and Mary Pat Pastuovic Nick and Margaret Pesavento Barbara J. Pope Gary and Judith Rabik Charles and Carole Racansky David and Andrea Rahija Charles R. and Joy Anne Reed Tom and Dede Reedy Mary Jane and George Reese David F. and Carol L. Reynolds Ana-Maria Rizzuto John and Nancy Scheid Cynthia Sharp Eva and Timothy Shea Barry and Beth Simon Paul and Elizabeth Sittenfeld Francis and Bernadette Skuse Michael and Martha Smith Susan Smith Rev. Eldon K. Somers Robert Sproat Jeffrey A. Stewart Roger C. and Marguerite H. Sullivan

Jill Szawara Philip and Sandra Tobin Willard Van De Loo Donald and Natercia Varley Pauline Viviano Lambert and Eleanore VonBank Rober and Marian Wernicke W. James Whelan Frederick Wolf David Wolke Clifford and Elizabeth Yeary George and Kathy Zink Matching Gifts Capital Group Charitable Giving Investure LLC Omega Healthcare Sempra Energy Foundation UBS Foundation Honor Gifts In honor of James Brady Andrew Doherty In honor of Jerome Kerrigan Milan and Mary Pat Pastuovic

While we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of our recognition list, if your name has been omitted or misspelled, we ask that you call it to our attention by calling (312) 784-7208. U Deceased

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2017 Cristo Rey Network Annual Report  

2017 Cristo Rey Network Annual Report