Chicago's Catholic schools educate a large proportion of students of color from low-income families and remain an important source of diverse students who are highly motivated and college-ready. The Center for Access and Attainment provides a coordinated and strategic outreach effort for DePaul's relationships with Catholic high schools and educational organizations serving students from Chicago's Catholic schools—including the Archdiocese of Chicago, Big Shoulders Fund and Cristo Rey Network.
Cristo Rey Network is a national association of 25 urban high schools serving about 7,500 students that provides quality Catholic college preparatory education in communities with limited educational options. Schools utilize a longer school day and year, and require students to participate in work-study to help meet the cost of their education.
DePaul is a founding university partner with Cristo Rey. Through the center's partnership with the network, DePaul has supported Cristo Rey through activities such as providing high school achievement data for students enrolled in network schools, hosting two postsecondary summit meetings and providing office space for the network's national office at a significantly reduced rate.
DePaul was awarded for its longstanding partnership with the network with the inaugural Spirit of Cristo Rey award received at the third annual Summit on Postsecondary Success held in July 2010. The award recognized DePaul for its continued commitment to and identification with the mission of the network.
For more information about the Cristo Rey Network, visit their website.