Detroit Cristo Rey High School

Skip to main content
Mobile Menu
Now Accepting Students for 9th grade next Fall! Apply Today!

Message from the President

Detroit Cristo Rey opened in 2008, during the “Great Recession”, with a simple goal of getting our students TO and THROUGH college, with the skills to be successful in life and the commitment to make a difference in their families, their neighborhoods, and the world . Now as we maneuver through living with COVID-19, we are enthusiastically moving forward in our mission, enhancing the qualities of dignity & discipline, character & compassion, and respect & responsibility in Detroit’s youth.

The Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) is the most distinctive feature of the Cristo Rey academic and sustainable business model.  The school’s academic program is complemented with one day per week of real-life work experience in many of the finest businesses and organizations in metro Detroit. The CWSP Partners are a vital part of this unique student-centered learning experience, equipping the students for personal and professional success.  Our students become both COLLEGE READY and CAREER PREPARED.  We are so pleased that, after two years due to the pandemic, our freshmen are once again going to work!

Does your company have a challenge recruiting and maintaining qualified minority workers? Is your company’s target market demographic changing to a heavier mix of minority customers? If the answer is “Yes” to either response, then Detroit Cristo Rey can be a valuable partner. Our CWSP functions as a channel supplying diverse, qualified workers who are developing the right skills to assume the challenging jobs of the future.  The school and the CWSP are distinct legal entities, and the CWSP is a non-religious non-profit organization. CWSP is a training and temporary employment agency, like Manpower, whose purpose is to provide entry-level support to clients.

We are proud that each graduating class since the school opened has achieve 100% college acceptance!  Our graduates continue graduating from college at two to three times the national average! Our alumni currently study at Yale, Dartmouth, Michigan, Michigan State and many other outstanding schools. They have already earned degrees from Notre Dame, Loyola, Michigan, Michigan State, Howard and Wayne State to name a few.

We are blessed to be part of the Cristo Rey Network, one of 38 schools utilizing one of the most exciting and innovative models of education in the country.  We dare to dream big!

Located at the corner of Vernor and Junction on the Most Holy Redeemer campus, Detroit Cristo Rey High School is sponsored by the Basilian Fathers and the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and is committed to providing a college-preparatory, co-educational, Catholic high school education for the most potential-filled and hardworking youth of any faith in the city of Detroit.  All are welcome!

Please contact me to learn more about our incredible students and school.

¡Viva Cristo Rey!


Christopher J. Lynch

President, Detroit Cristo Rey High School

[email protected]