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Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is a private, Catholic school sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady that opened in August 2016. In this learning environment, we educate young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. This unique model combines college preparatory education with a Corporate Work Study Program and is part of a larger, national network of 37 schools.

Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School helps students graduate ready to succeed in college and life.


  • 12,012 students and 15,505 graduates: Cristo Rey is transforming urban America, one student at a time 
  • 1:15 teacher to student ratio: Cristo Rey students are getting the academic support to succeed to and through college
  • 22,145 donors generously gifted $100+ million to the Cristo Rey movement last year
  • Students spent 200,000 hours training for their CWSP placements during the summer
  • Cristo Rey students collectively worked 5 million hours and earned $55 million toward their own education last year
  • 3,400 Corporate Partners employ our students who are gaining valuable real world work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program.
  • Nearly 600 of our Corporate Partners are in the STEM field, bolstering their more than 2.6 million STEM hours in the classroom.
  • Corporate Partners are involved in summer training at 29 schools, using their experience to train our students for the professional world.
  • Cristo Rey students are three times more likely to complete a bachelor's degree by age 24, compared to the total U.S. low-income population.
  • 48 University Partners believe in the promise of Cristo Rey graduates and seek to recruit, mentor, and support them.
  • Cristo Rey students are giving back with 173,500 service hours.


For questions on admissions requirements, please visit our application process information page.

Is Cristo Rey Baton Rouge High School part of a network?

Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is part of the national Cristo Rey Network of schools. The Network is comprised of 37 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to over 13,000 young people who live in communities with limited educational options. All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a work-study program in which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self confidence, and realize the relevance of their education. Learn more at

You can learn more about the history of the Cristo Rey Network through the links below:

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When did Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School open?

Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School opened to the first 9th grade class in August 2016 on the former Redemptorist High School campus.  A week into our first school year, our physical facilities were lost in the 2016 flood.  After 16 months in a temporary campus, Cristo Rey returned to St. Gerard Avenue in February of 2018.

On May 23, 2020, our inaugural graduating class of 41 seniors earned their diplomas from Cristo Rey Baton Rouge!

How do I partner with Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School?

There are several ways in which you can partner with Cristo Rey Baton Rouge. Corporate partners can contact the school for more information on a possible corporate partnership. You can donate to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School by visiting our online donation portal or contacting our Director of Mission Advancement, Katie Tasman, at 

Supporters can also donate to support student scholarships and a Student Tuition Opportunity through ACE Scholarships.  Donations to ACE can be directed to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge students to directly fund tuition scholarships.

How rigorous is the curriculum?

We have a rigorous college preparatory curriculum.  Because all Cristo Rey students are college-bound, our curriculum appropriately addresses content and skills to get students ready for college and beyond. 

Are there extra-curricular activities and sports?

Yes, sports, clubs and other activities will be determined based on student interest and the availability of sponsors.  Currently, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge supports boys and girls basketball, volleyball, girls soccer, baseball, and track & field through the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.  We currently compete in Class 2A.

Is there a uniform?

Yes, the school is designed to reflect the dress and atmosphere of a corporate workplace. As such, Cristo Rey students wear a uniform daily. All students will be taught to dress and groom themselves in a manner appropriate for a professional work environment.  Click here to access the Cristo Rey Student Handbook, which details the student dress code. 

Cristo Rey partners with local vendors Inka's Uniforms and School Time 

Is the school calendar the same as East Baton Rouge and/or other area Catholic schools?

While every effort is made to align the calendar, the primary influence on the calendar is the corporate work world. As such, some of the holidays and vacations are more in line with federal holidays than traditional school holidays. In addition, summer training for all incoming students will begin in July and is a requirement of admission to the program. Copies of the school calendar and daily bell schedule are available from Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School.

Do all students participate in the Corporate Work Study program?

Yes, as a requirement for admission, all students must be 14 years old and have the necessary documentation to be legally employed in the USA. Students who cannot hold a job cannot remain in the academic program.

Do students get to choose their jobs?

Students are interviewed and evaluated, and their interests and skills are taken into consideration with job placement. Ultimately, the Corporate Work Study Program team decides where each student will work each year.