Cristo Rey High School Sacramento

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$105 raised by 1 donor

1% complete

$10,000 Goal

In 1996, the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus opened a high school on the southside of Chicago exclusively serving poor students living in the impoverished Pilsen neighborhood. An innovative Work Study component was incorporated within the school's curriculum providing the means for the students to earn wages to pay for a good portion of their tuition. This model proved highly successful and Cristo Rey Jesuit High Schools have been replicated throughout the United States; they are an impressive solution for educating our nation's most at-risk teenagers.

Eight years later in 2004, the California Province of Jesuits sponsored a feasibility study in Sacramento with representatives of the region's business, civic, and non-profit communities, joined and supported by Diocesan parish and neighborhood leaders. The results of the study concluded that this region was indeed in need of an affordable alternative and supportive of a Cristo Rey school, with a proven record of being able to deliver a quality college preparatory curriculum and innovative work-study experience.

The Cristo Rey Network approved the opening of the Sacramento school in August 2006 with its first freshman class and 25 of the community's finest corporate sponsors. The school rapidly outgrew it's original site, a closed-down Catholic elementary school, facilitating a search for a new location. Through a supportive community, sponsors and an active Board of Directors, Cristo Rey High School Sacramento completed a successful 18-month capital campaign, moving to a new campus in 2015. Now in its 17th year, Cristo Rey Sacramento continues to grow, with an enrollment of 325 students for the 2023-2024 school year.


Cristo Rey Sacramento, rooted in the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) transforms lives by providing a Catholic, college preparatory education and professional work experience to high school students with limited financial resources. Cristo Rey Sacramento's vision is to create the most effective and highly regarded high school that transforms under-served students into faith-filled, educated, professional, and service-oriented people.


Scholarship/Financial Aid funding

Athletics Program funding

Student Activities & Clubs funding

Work Study Program funding

Equity Statement

It is vital that our school community continue learning, celebrating and challenging our perceptions, and developing empathy as we commit to a better understanding of the importance that diversity contributes to our world. To do this, we seek to engage people of all backgrounds, race and religious beliefs to support Cristo Rey, whether they be educators, staff, supporters, Board of Directors members of Work Study Sponsors.

Organization Data


Organization name

Cristo Rey High School Sacramento

other names

Fr. Christopher Calderón, S.J., President, CRHSS

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category


Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Technology, Funding: Program, Other

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, Low-income individuals/families

Local Counties Served



8475 Jackson Road
Sacramento, CA 95826

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US





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