Southeast Fort Worth is getting a new Catholic preparatory high school, one that can help bring low-income students to college doors.
Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School at Our Mother of Mercy will start in 2018 and will be the third Texas school from the Cristo Rey Network, a nonprofit organization.
The school focuses on working-class families and building a sense of success in their children, most of whom are from low-income areas, with work programs and academic counseling.
The school has a work-study program that allows students to pay for a portion of their tuition through jobs in the community.
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Building a good work/school balance at the high school level helps create better college students with higher retention levels.
It also builds workplace skills, resumes and confidence.
Any method to help get teens to college is welcome. Cristo Rey’s program also seems to help students complete college, which is even better.