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Cristo Rey Boston High School

 100 Savin Hill Avenue
 Boston, MA 02125
[P] (857) 2202360
[F] (617) 825-2613
Kevin Kraska
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EIN 56-2438544

LAST UPDATED: 01/04/2019
Organization DBA Cristo Rey Boston Corporate Work Study Program, Inc.
Former Names North Cambridge Catholic High School, Inc. (2010)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

A Catholic high school exclusively serving families of limited economic means, Cristo Rey Boston educates young people to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. By offering a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community, we prepare our students to succeed in college and beyond with the values essential to a fulfilling life.

Mission Statement

A Catholic high school exclusively serving families of limited economic means, Cristo Rey Boston educates young people to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. By offering a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community, we prepare our students to succeed in college and beyond with the values essential to a fulfilling life.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $4,804,549.00
Projected Expense $4,804,549.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Academic Program
  • Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP)

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

A Catholic high school exclusively serving families of limited economic means, Cristo Rey Boston educates young people to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. By offering a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community, we prepare our students to succeed in college and beyond with the values essential to a fulfilling life.

Background Statement

Cristo Rey Boston High School was founded in 2004 when the former North Cambridge Catholic High School joined the Cristo Rey Network, an association of 32 schools that utilizes a unique work-study program to provide low-income students with corporate experience and fund a college-prep education they would not be able to afford otherwise.

Between 2008 and 2010, Cristo Rey Boston implemented an academic turnaround that included a remediation program for 9th graders, the majority of whom arrive below grade level, a college-prep curriculum aligned with the standards of the College Board, honors classes, mandatory Advanced Placement (AP) courses for all seniors, and a professional development program that attracted many teachers interested in working with urban students. The changes in curriculum and pedagogy resulted in significant gains in standardized test scores and raised Cristo Rey’s profile in Boston. When the work study program was initiated in 2004, our four-year college acceptance rate was 27%. Starting in 2010, and continuing through this past year, 100% of every graduating senior has gained admittance to a four-year college or university.

In 2010, the school moved to a larger facility in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood to better fit our growing enrollment and to be closer to the population we serve. We have made a concerted effort to recruit the lowest income students. Of the 32 schools in the Cristo Rey Network, Cristo Rey Boston has one of lowest per capita income levels.  All of our students are low-income, defined as less than 75% of Boston's median income. Our median family income at Cristo Rey Boston is $25, 274 while the median family income in Boston is $62,775.

Our school serves young people of all faiths and cultures. This year, our student population is 54% Latino, 22% African American, 9% Cape Verdean, 6% Haitian, 2% White, 1% Asian, and 6% multiracial or other. Cristo Rey Boston students also represent a range of learning styles and needs. Many of our students come from homes where English is not the first language and many have experienced some form of trauma in their young lives. More than 40% of incoming 9th graders are one to two grade levels behind in math and English.  Yet, by senior year, all students complete at least one Advanced Placement course and are accepted to college.  According to the National Student Clearinghouse, our graduates complete their college degree programs within six years at rates higher than the national average.

Impact Statement

Cristo Rey Boston has been a member of the national Cristo Rey Network since 2004. Some key achievements include:
  • 100% of our Class of 2017 graduates were accepted to four-year colleges, the eighth year in a row our school has achieved this benchmark. Our graduates attend schools such as Boston College, Georgetown University, Bucknell University, Brandeis University, University of Massachusetts and the College of the Holy Cross.
  • Our alumni are succeeding in college above the national average for low-income students. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, the  Class of 2010 completed their degree programs within six years at a rate higher than the national average.
  • As with many urban high schools, student retention from 9th grade through 12th grade is a challenge. We’re committed to retaining 90% of students each year.  Our focus in 2017-2018 is to provide academic support and interventions to reduce the number of academic failures, particularly among freshmen, as our data indicates that one failed credit, more than any other indicator, is predictive of students leaving the school before graduation.
  • Our students work forty hours a month at 125 companies around Boston, including 25 non-profits, through our Corporate Work Study Program. They earn two-thirds of their tuition and gain valuable entry-level job skills as they develop positive role models and mentors among their adult colleagues.


Specific goals for the current (2017-18) school year include: 
1. College Acceptance - Support students to achieve 100% acceptance to four-year colleges and universities.
2. Student Retention - Focus on providing more intensive academic support through an additional class block designed to provide extra practice and re-assessment and to reduce the number of failures. An analysis of student data clearly shows that, by far, the strongest indicator that a student will leave the school is academic failure, particularly for freshmen.  Our retention goal is 82% of freshmen and 90% of sophomores and 95% of juniors with an overall four-year retention rate of 70%.
3. Work Readiness - Work closely with our 125 employers to identify the skills our students need to ensure that they add value in the workplace, provide additional training to students needing support and align expectations for students in the classroom and in the workplace.
4. Holistic Education - As a Catholic school open to students of all faiths, we are committed to educate the whole child. Our students participate in several programs designed to enhance key character skills and to help them discover their passions.

Needs Statement

  • Work Study Placements at Nonprofits – Through our work study program, we aim to have 10% of student job placements at nonprofit organizations that need assistance but can't afford to hire additional help. We look to outside fundraising to offset the difference. ($278,400)
  • Scholarship Aid – The per pupil cost of educating a student is $13,300. On average, families pay $1,000 in tuition and students earn another two-thirds of their tuition ($8,700) from their work-study jobs.  We do not turn students away due to family income constraints and turn to outside fundraising for the difference. HTe tuition aid budget is $1,188,000.
  • Technology Improvements – Cristo Rey Boston is preparing to launch a 1:1 laptop program to enhance the academic program. 
  • Athletics – Our ten sport teams all share a meager budget, which cannot accommodate new sports equipment, warm ups, uniforms, or the chance to participate in camps or tournaments. Any support would greatly enhance our ability to provide our students with the athletic experience they deserve. ($130,000)
  • General Operations – Supporting our school with unrestricted, general operations funding allows us to quickly and flexibly allocate resources to meet the complex needs of our students, provide professional development for teachers, and update instructional materials.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- East Boston
Our students come from the neighborhoods of Boston with the majority of students residing in the Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindate, Roxbury, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, and Hyde Park neighborhoods.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Religion- Related - Roman Catholic

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Academic Program

Most of our 9th graders enter Cristo Rey Boston 1.5 grade levels behind in English and math. In four years, the school provides academic support to help students rise 5.5 grades, all while they work one day a week at businesses around the city. It's no small task, but our students, staff, and supervisors have proven up to the challenge. By senior year, all students must take at least one Advanced Placement course and apply to four-year colleges and universities.

We provide our students with individualized academic and personal counseling to help them meet our school’s high expectations. Before each student's first day of freshman year, our academic staff has already identified deficiencies in math, grammar, and writing, and our counselors have already met with the student to perform an assessment.
Volunteers provide tutoring during study halls and after school to help them reach grade level. Freshmen must gain a 90% or better on three proficiency tests in math, English, and writing in order to pass their 9th grade courses and advance to sophomore year.
Because student retention is typically a challenge for urban populations like ours, the school aims to retain 70% of 9th graders through graduation.  An analysis of the many factors that contribute to a student's decision to leave Cristo Rey before graduation shows that, by far, the greatest single indicator of a student's potential to leave the school is failed academic credit.  The faculty closely monitors students, especially during freshman year to reduce the number of failed credits and increase students' likelihood to stay at Cristo Rey. 
Expectations for success at Cristo Rey Boston are high, in both the classroom and the workplace, and the school provides support and structure to help students achieve.
Budget  $1,959,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

We will know we are successful based on the following metrics and expectations:

  • Repeat four-year college acceptance rate of 100% of graduating seniors.
  • Overall student retention increases to 90% of all students.
  • Retain 82% of freshmen into sophomore year.
  • Graduate 60% of the original Class of 2018.
  • Retain work-study sponsors at or above the Cristo Rey Network average of 87%.
  • Maintain the lowest tuition in Boston and ensure that our families stay on time with their payments, adjusting tuition as needed due to changes in circumstances.
Program Long-Term Success  Cristo Rey Boston defines long-term success as continuing to graduate students from our program who are college, career and life ready.  Longer-term, we track the persistence of our graduates in college through graduation.  The success of the school depends on financial stability, an up-to-date curriculum, dedicated faculty and staff, strong partnerships with our Corporate Work Study Program partners and the commitment from our generous donors. 
Program Success Monitored By 

We measure the progress of each student based on GPA, standardized test scores (including PSAT, SAT, and ReadiStep), midterm and final exam grades, homework and project completion, attendance, behavioral development, and work-study performance as determined by supervisors and school staff members.

Our Vice Principal for Academics and Dean of Curriculum & Instruction meet with all instructors and department heads for coaching and training. Faculty also meet in groups to break down and examine their teaching practices in a constructive environment.

As part of the Cristo Rey Network, a national collection of 32 schools, we compare our school to other network schools based on key performance indicators, including student assessment scores, work-study income and retention, and development income. Finally, we track the progress of our alumni in college through the National Student Clearinghouse to see what percentage of our students matriculate to college and stay in college through completion.

Retention is an area of ongoing focus as we seek to retain a higher percentage of students from 9th grade to 12th grade. 
Examples of Program Success 
  • All of our graduating seniors are accepted into at least one four-year college.
  • Our alumni are succeeding in college at rates above the national average:
  • In the current academic year, the number of academic failures has been reduced by half.
  • Corporate Work Study Program job retention rate is 86% and 79% of students are in paid or funded jobs.

Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP)


CWSP provides students with a life-changing opportunity to enter and learn about the professional world. Teams of four students share full-time, entry-level positions at area firms. Each student works five days, or 40 hours per month.

Through CWSP, students gain professional skills, interact with successful adult mentors, put their classroom studies to real-world use, and earn the majority of their education costs. Each company directly pays our school for our students’ work ($8,700 per student) and this revenue subsidizes operating expenses, allowing our school to maintain the lowest tuition in the city and ensure that every student can attend Cristo Rey Boston, regardless of family income.


Budget  $2,784,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

In the short term, the Corporate Work Study Program should develop strong job skills among students, strengthen relationships with Corporate Work Study partners, and secure sufficient paid contracts to meet the school's financial needs. By financing the majority of the cost of their education, students are able to attend a private school they otherwise would not have been able to afford and have the opportunity to go on to higher education. Students should be motivated to apply to and attend college. At a time when colleges look for well-rounded applicants that are involved in extracurricular activities, CWSP provides our students, who can't afford club sport teams, private tutors, or SAT classes, with the chance to bolster their resumes and applications with internship experience that most young adults don't get until college. The school sets a goal of 100% of graduates being accepted to four-year colleges, and this has been achieved for the last eight years.

Program Long-Term Success 

The Corporate Work Study Program’s goal is that all students a job that will positively affect their decision making beyond the confines of high school as they go on to higher education and successful careers. The school tracks college enrollment data and is participating in a long-range study to see the effects of CWSP on academics, personal lives, and career success. The school’s eventual goal is that students that take part in four years of the Corporate Work Study Program are motivated to go to and graduate from college and end up with successful careers. We hope for 70% of graduates to graduate college in 6 years.

Through CWSP, we've seen firsthand what it means for a student to wake up in a housing project in Roslindale and commute to work in the Financial District. It's an absolutely transformative experience. In fact, several of our alumni have graduated college and earned employment at their former work-study placements. 
Program Success Monitored By  The Corporate Partners fill out detailed evaluations that enable the Corporate Work Study Program to monitor student performance on-site, and proficiency in hard skills are judged through tests administered by school staff members. Student performance is compiled into a grade to judge the progression of work skills. Overall satisfaction with the program is judged by the renewal rate by Corporate Partners each year.  

The school is engaged in multiple avenues to track student data over long periods of a longitudinal, collaborative study with Boston College, Curry College, and Wheelock College to research the long-term impact of the Cristo Rey model on student achievement and career success. The study will track students’ academic, professional and personal lives from their high school years to 40 years afterwards. In addition, the school tracks graduates through the National Student Clearinghouse, which provides data on where our graduates are enrolled and what degrees they have earned.
Examples of Program Success 
  • The Corporate Partners’ overall evaluations of students and students’ attendance rates at their work-study positions has remained consistent at roughly 89% and 96% respectively for the past four years.
  • When the Corporate Work Study Program was initiated in 2004, our four-year college acceptance rate was 27%. Starting in 2010, and continuing through this past year, 100% of every graduating class has gained admittance to a four-year college or university.
  • Ted English, CEO of Bob's Discount Furniture, says: "We've been long time supporters of the Cristo Rey program, so, I was surprised recently by the reaction I heard from management and staff at a store that just took on some students from the program. All three sales managers, our office manager, and several of our sales associates went out of their way to tell me how much these students were adding to the store's effectiveness and culture. Taking on Cristo Rey students has proven to be good for the students and great for my business!"

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Kevin Kraska
CEO Term Start Aug 2017
CEO Email
CEO Experience The school is led by Kevin Kraska, who brings his passion, commitment, and business experience to Cristo Rey Boston. Kevin had a long career in financial services with Prudential, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo, and worked with youth of limited economic means in New York/New Jersey prior to being named President of Cristo Rey Boston.  Kevin is originally from Swansea, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College and earned his MBA at Wharton Business School.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Michael Brennan July 2016 June 2017
Mr. James MacDonald July 2015 June 2016

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Raymond Dewar Principal --
Mr. John O'Keeffe Director of Corporate Work-Study Program --
Ms. Celia Williams Business Manager --
Ms. Elena Zongrone Director of Development --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Non-profit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
New England Association of Schools and Colleges --



CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 44
Number of Part Time Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 73%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 36
Hispanic/Latino: 11
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 28
Male: 26
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Harry Ebbighausen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Iron Mountain (retired)
Board Chair Term July 2017 - June 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Catharine Joyce Brennan CP Mentors Voting
Mr. John Clancy Providence Equity Voting
Mr. John Crowley Eaton Vance Voting
Mr. Harry Ebbighausen Iron Mountain (Retired) Voting
Mr. Patrick Flanagan Veristat Voting
Mr. Roberto Goizueta Ph.D. Boston College Voting
Mr. Thomas Guilfoile KRB Technology, LLC Voting
Mr. Francis Hayes Bond Brothers, Inc. Voting
Mr. Daniel Jones BDO USA LLP Voting
Mr. Paul Lonergan Congress Wealth Management Voting
Ms. Marianne MacDonald Ph.D. CDM Smith Voting
Mr. Hugh McLaughlin Ballybreen Ventures, LLC Voting
Mr. Edmund Murphy III Empower Retirement Voting
Mr. Dan O'Donnell Jefferies, LLC Voting
Mr. Kahlil Olmstead G.O. Services Voting
Mr. Thomas P. O'Neill III O'Neill and Associates Voting
Mr. Kevin Roden Retired, New Boston Partners Voting
Mr. Daniel Roy Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Voting
Mr. Greg Strakosch TechTarget Voting
Ms. Angela Vastey Robert Allen Law Voting
Mr. Donald Walsh Massachusetts Community Action Network (volunteer) Voting
Mr. James Wayman Estabrook Group Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 19
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 19
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 91%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 91%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Student Affairs

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $4,649,873 $4,292,151 $4,597,060
Total Expenses $5,133,995 $5,162,047 $5,076,746

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,349,914 $1,049,227 $1,260,414
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $2,952,840 $3,103,011 $3,103,167
Investment Income, Net of Losses $151,776 $-45,581 $28,991
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $158,344 $161,198 $164,024
Other $36,999 $24,296 $40,464

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $3,295,235 $3,294,591 $3,017,330
Administration Expense $1,551,381 $1,546,768 $1,788,928
Fundraising Expense $287,379 $320,688 $270,488
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.91 0.83 0.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses 64% 64% 59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 21% 31% 21%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $19,333,206 $19,642,808 $20,724,767
Current Assets $919,604 $954,591 $1,007,370
Long-Term Liabilities $279,385 $271,950 $201,808
Current Liabilities $405,911 $238,826 $521,031
Total Net Assets $18,647,910 $19,132,032 $20,001,928

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.27 4.00 1.93

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 1% 1% 1%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs above is per Cristo Rey Boston High School Inc.'s combined audited financial statements reflecting the entities: Cristo Rey Boston High School Inc. and Cristo Rey Boston Corporate Work Study Program Inc. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
Please note, Cristo Rey Boston High School Inc. and the Cristo Rey Boston Corporate Work Study Program Inc. have nonprofit status, per the Internal Revenue Service, under a group ruling held by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (EIN#: 53-0196617). As such, Cristo Rey Boston High School Inc. and the Cristo Rey Boston Corporate Work Study Program Inc. are not required to file IRS Form 990s.
Attached to the above posted IRS Letter of Determination for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, please find a page from the Official Catholic Directory for 2011 that confirms Cristo Rey Boston High School Inc. and the Corporate Work Study Program as covered by the group ruling.  


Other Documents

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