Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School

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Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is a private, Catholic school 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 32 schools.

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

 A Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School Graduate

Cristo Rey Baton Rouge graduates are academically, spiritually, and emotionally prepared to face their challenging college courses with confidence and determination to succeed. They have the skills to be self-sufficient and responsible in college and beyond, unbound by external limitations. They know they are loved by their Cristo Rey family and have faith that God has a purpose for their lives. They treat others with respect and have well-formed consciences to help them act with integrity. They are rooted in the Cristo Rey community but are ready to stretch their wings and persevere through college and the next journeys in life. They are eager to succeed in school and career so that they can make a positive contribution in service back to their communities.



Cristo Rey Baton Rouge is a community of faith, formed in the Catholic tradition and in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, that fosters spiritual development and helps students come to know the love of God.


Members of the Cristo Rey Baton Rouge community work intentionally to become men and women of purpose, focusing our actions and words on fulfilling our mission and achieving our goals for the future.



Cristo Rey Baton Rouge community members strive to serve all those around them, with an attitude of selflessness, kindness and gratitude.


Cristo Rey Baton Rouge is a community built on respect, committed to acknowledging and honoring the good in others and ourselves in all that we say and do.


Members of the Cristo Rey Baton Rouge community carry themselves with integrity, seeking to be women and men of our word through honest and sincere interactions with others.


Members of the Cristo Rey Baton Rouge community demonstrate responsibility for their own actions and performance by exhibiting self-control and self-discipline, following through and giving attention to detail, and abiding by the systems of accountability set in place.


Cristo Rey Baton Rouge empowers its members to work hard and persevere through challenges with positivity and resourcefulness on their life journeys.

Quick Facts:

10,933 students and 11,508 graduates: Cristo Rey is transforming urban America, one student at a time


32 schools strong and poised to have 40 by 2020


1:15 teacher to student ratio: Cristo Rey students are getting the academic support to succeed to and through college


500 Cristo Rey teachers and school leaders gathered at 15 Network professional development conferences last year


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


3,000 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 enroll at and graduate from college at more than twice the rate as their low-income high school graduate peers.


45 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.



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 32 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to 8,000 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

When will 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. Each year, we will accept a new 9th grade class until all four classes (9th – 12th grades) are complete.

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 contacting our development director at There are student scholarships and a Student Tuition Opportunity through New Schools for Baton Rouge in which you can impact a student’s education opportunity.

Is there an entrance exam?

Yes, all applicants will complete an entrance exam. We also use the grades, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation that you submit when you apply to inform admissions decisions. Must students have above-average grades to attend? We are committed to working with students to ensure that they are college-ready and challenged to excel to their full potential. You must be willing to work hard to achieve the high expectations that we hold and challenge yourself to achieve greater success.

Do you need to be Catholic to apply?

No, students of all faiths or denominations are welcome. The school is open to all; however, it should be understood that it is a Catholic institution, and religion classes, monthly liturgical celebrations, and spiritual retreats are part of the school.

What are the requirements for admission?

  • Financial – The school is designed for students who desire a quality Catholic education but who cannot otherwise afford one. The PSAS financial aid application will be used to verify need on a case-by-case basis as the first criteria for admission.
  • Age – Students must be 14 years old by September 1st of the year they enroll.
  • Scholarship – Students must have at least average grades and attendance and be willing to work hard to meet high academic expectations and the work obligations of the school.
  • Employability – Students must possess the maturity and work ethic necessary to be successful working with adults in an office environment. All students must be authorized to work in the United States by the first day of the work study program.
  • Desire & Dedication – The most important qualities a student can bring to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge are the desire and dedication to work hard on the job and at school.

How rigorous is the curriculum?

We have a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Students should expect to be challenged and work hard to attain the skills that will lead them to success in 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.

Is there a uniform?

Yes, the school is designed to reflect the dress and atmosphere of a corporate workplace. As such, the students wear a uniform daily. All students will be taught to dress and groom themselves in a manner appropriate for a professional work environment.

What is the average tuition paid by a family?

Because the majority of a student’s tuition is financed through the Corporate Work Study Program, families are expected to contribute a monthly tuition ranging from $25 per month to $250 per month. The actual amount is based on a family’s need.

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.