Last week, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) reported that 2019 high school seniors reached a graduation rate high-mark of almost 84%, with Minneapolis reporting a four-year graduation rate of 75%. While high school graduation rates are rising, there remains a persistent gap in graduation rates across the state between white students and students of color.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has worked hard to close these gaps. As a member of the nationwide Cristo Rey Network®, the largest network of high schools in the country that exclusively serves low-income students, Cristo Rey Jesuit is the only high school in Minnesota that integrates rigorous academic preparation, significant professional work experience through its Corporate Work Study Program, and support for students to and through college. Additionally, 98% of students attending Cristo Rey Jesuit High School identify as Black, Hispanic or Multi-racial.
Since opening in 2007, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has had a 99% graduation rate, with 100% of graduating seniors also accepted to college.
In fact, the school is on track to again graduate all 124 seniors this June, and 100% of the Class of 2020 has been accepted to college!Most of these students will be the first in their families to graduate high school and enroll in college.
Twenty-two of those college-bound seniors were celebrated at our fourth College Acceptance Ceremony of the year.
The students were accepted to schools including:
- College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
- Creighton University
- DePaul University
- Hamline University
- Lawrence University
- Loyola University New Orleans
- Marquette University
- Normandale Community College
- Saint Michael's College
- St. Cloud State University
- University of Minnesota
- University of Northwestern
- University of St. Thomas
- Xavier University