Everyone in Cristo Rey’s first graduating class is going to college!

Six former Performance Academies students among the graduates at Cristo Rey with a 100% college acceptance rate.


The Class of 2017 at Cristo Rey Columbus High School paraded like rock stars through the gymnasium on Wednesday to clapping and shrieking from the underclassmen.

And in an important way, they are: All 47 seniors have been accepted to at least one college and most to multiple schools. Many will be the first in their families to attend college. They’ve been awarded more than $1 million so far in academic scholarships, the school announced.

Cristo Rey, a private Catholic high school that started four years ago Downtown that teaches exclusively low-income students. This is its first graduating class.

The school is part of a network of 32 Cristo Rey locations nationwide that are teaching nearly 11,000 students. 

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