Detroit Cristo Rey High School

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Mission Statement

A Message from our Religous Sponsors


Detroit Cristo Rey High School provides excellent college-preparatory Catholic high school education, in the Cristo Rey Model, to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit. The school emphasizes faith, morals and service to the community.
Through its work study program, the school fosters skills and attitudes important in the workplace, such as responsibility, determination, and respect for self and others. In the finest tradition of Catholic outreach, we welcome families of all denominations. With a challenging and supportive college preparatory program, we equip students with the core knowledge and competencies needed for college and the workplace. Our ultimate goal is to enable students to gain the skills to be successful in life and the commitment to make a difference in their families, their neighborhoods, and the world.

Core Educational Beliefs
The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Congregation of St. Basil foster excellence in education by urging commitment to these deeply held beliefs:

Gospel Values
We measure personal success in life through the ability to make decisions in the light of Gospel values and global realities.

We serve God, one another, and our greater community and uphold human dignity when we act on behalf of justice.

We appreciate and respect the unique qualities each individual contributes as we share a commitment to the liberating mission of Jesus, through a special focus on those who are poor, abandoned or oppressed.

We develop a Christian community that nourishes a positive learning atmosphere marked by a profound respect for each human being and an acceptance of all persons.

Integrated Learning
We prepare students for advanced achievements in college, by embracing a holistic educational process that provides a well-rounded education and integrates an array of opportunities including the fine arts, an extensive technology program, and wellness of body, mind and spirit. 

Right Relationships
We share a commitment to eradicating the causes of oppression, marginalization, and injustice through an inclusive perspective that invites all to demonstrate their full human dignity.

Care for Creation
We work to develop an ecological consciousness that challenges all to recognize the interconnectedness and interdependence of all Creation and nurtures relationships that protect our common home.

Mission Effectiveness Standards
The Mission Effectiveness Standards articulate the shared mission and identity of the Cristo Rey Network of schools. Taken as a whole, these Standards establish the intent to which schools agree to operate, and by which they can fulfill their mission and empower students to succeed in college and life as productive, faith-filled individuals.

A Cristo Rey school…

  1.          is explicitly Catholic in mission and enjoys Church approval.
  2.          serves only students with limited economic resources and is open to students of various faiths and cultures.
  3.          is family centered and plays an active role in the local community.
  4.          prepares all students to enter and graduate from college.
  5.          requires participation by all students in the Corporate Work Study Program.
  6.          integrates the learning present in its work program, classroom and extracurricular experiences.
  7.          has effective administrative and board structures, and complies with applicable state and federal laws.
  8.          is financially sound.
  9.          supports all students in accessing and persisting through colleges that match their achievements, needs, and ambitions.
  10.          is an active participant in the Cristo Rey Network.