Cristo Rey Network

The Cristo Rey Network is a not-for-profit organization to increase the number of schools modeled after Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, which was founded in 1996 to prepare youth from low-income families for post-secondary educational opportunities.

President: Elizabeth Goettl
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
Founder: John Patrick Foley
Founded: 2000
Motto: Transforming urban America; one student at the time.

What Role We Played

  • When Cristo Rey needed new inspiration, insight, and motivation to harness “network effects” from its loose confederation of schools, Carter Research was there to help.
  • Guided senior management team to create a new school support model for its national network and the investor prospectus needed to fundraise for it.
  • Developed national media campaign to increase public awareness, political support, and donor investment in Cristo Rey’s breakthrough model – see – the following article published on July 17, 2012 by The National Review.

Why This Matters

  • Massively replicating the successful practices of high-performing high-poverty schools still remains AN UNFULFILLED MANDATE since the NO EXCUSES research of 1998.
  • Faith in the Future, Hope Christian and dozens of other private school networks like Cristo Rey make the case for private education as a public school option – but the policy and practice are not in place – why?
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