Frequently Asked Questions

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Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is a private, Catholic school that opened in August 2016. In May of 2020, our first graduating class will receive their dipolmas.

Cristo Rey Baton Rouge is dedicated to the education of 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 real life.


  • 13,000 students and 18,000 graduates nation-wide: Cristo Rey is transforming urban America, one student at a time 
  • 37 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Cristo Rey students are giving back with 173,500 service hours.


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.

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. In May of 2020, our first graduating class will receive their diplomas!

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.  Click here to learn more about student eligibility for enrollment.

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.

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.

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.

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, baseball, and track & field through the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

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.

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

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.

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.

Nondiscriminatory Policy: Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, program and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

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4000 St. Gerard Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
 Baton Rouge, LA 70892
Phone: 225-615-7479 Fax: 225-615-7532