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Cristo Rey Boston High School

 100 Savin Hill Avenue
 Dorchester, MA 02125
[P] (617) 825-2580
[F] (617) 825-2613
[email protected]
Elizabeth McCleary
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EIN 56-2438544

LAST UPDATED: 04/22/2016
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 No



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, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $4,653,802.00
Projected Expense $4,774,575.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Academic Program
  • Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP)

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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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 Boston High School was founded in 2004 when the former North Cambridge Catholic High School joined the Cristo Rey Network, an association of 30 schools that utilize 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, we launched 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 CollegeBoard, 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 caused 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 class 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. Out of the 28 schools in the Cristo Rey Network last year, Cristo Rey Boston had the 2nd lowest per capita income among families and the fewest number of students meeting college readiness benchmarks at the start of 9th grade. To exemplify the effect of our program, our school also had the second highest percentage of alumni graduating from four-year colleges.

Our school serves young people of all faiths and cultures. This year, our 374 students are 62% Latino, 33% Black (African American and Caribbean), 2% White, 1% Asian, and 2% multiracial. Two-thirds of students reside in single-parent households and all of our students low-income, defined as less than 75% of Boston’s median income. Our median family income at Cristo Rey Boston is $24,300—for a family of four. The Federal Poverty Line for a family of four is $24,250.

Impact Statement

Cristo Rey Boston has been a member of the national Cristo Rey Network since 2004. Some recent key achievements include:
  •      100% of our Class of 2015 graduates were accepted to four-year colleges, the sixth year in a row our school has achieved this benchmark. Students were admitted to such schools as Boston College, Georgetown University, and the College of the Holy Cross.

    · Our alumni are succeeding in college above the national average for low-income students. After five years, our Class of 2010 has a college graduation rate of 54% and is on track to meet our six-year goal of 70% in 2016, more than doubling the six-year graduation rate for low-income, first-generation students (32%) as defined by the Pell Institute.

    · Overall student retention increased from 84% in the 2013-14 school year to 88.5% in the 2014-15 school year. We’re committed to retaining 90% of students each year, and have taken several steps in the 2015-16 school year to continue improving retention, including hiring a Vice Principal for Student Life and focusing on individual tutoring for students.

    · This year, our students are working forty hours a month at 128 companies around Boston, including 25 non-profits, through our Corporate Work Study Program.

Specific goals for the current (2015-16) school year include: 
1. 100% Acceptances to Four-Year Colleges and Universities
2. Student Retention - Focus on providing more intensive underclassmen remediation and support to retain 82% of freshmen and 90% of sophomores.
3. Work Readiness - Work closely with our 128 employers to identify the skills our students need to ensure that they add true value in the workplace.
4. Holistic Education - As a Catholic school open to students of all faiths, we are uniquely positioned to educate the whole child. Our students participate in several programs designed to enhance key character skills and to help them discover their passion.

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. ($301,020)
  • Scholarship Aid – While our tuition is $3,600, we only collect $1,096 for each student on average. We refuse to turn students away due to family income and turn to outside fundraising for the difference. ($235,391)
  • Technology Improvements – We rely on outdated machines and must enhance our wireless network to improve speed, capacity, and the needs of newer devices. We seek to double the number of computers available to our students from 60 to 120. ($155,239)
  • 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. ($130,533)
  • General Operations – Supporting our school with unrestricted, general operations funding allows us to quickly and flexibly allocate resources as new students, new programs, and new needs arise.

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- West Roxbury
City of Boston- East Boston
Our students come from across the Greater Boston area, with the majority of students residing in the Dorchester, Roxbury, 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)

Under Development


Academic Program

Most of our 9th graders enter Cristo Rey Boston 1.5 grade levels below the national average in English and Math. In four years, we must help our 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.

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.
Budget  $3,643,019.00
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 
In 2014-15, we added a lower-school counselor to specifically work with freshmen and sophomores as they transition into our school and work-study program. 
standards-based grading 

We will know we are successful in 2015-16 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, compared to 88.5% in 2014-15.
  • Retain 82% of freshmen into sophomore year, compared to 81% in 2014-15.
  • Graduate 60% of the original Class of 2016, compared to 58% of the original Class of 2015.
  • Retain work-study sponsors at or above the Cristo Rey Network average of 87%, compared to 87% in 2014-15.
  • Maintain the lowest tuition in Boston and ensure that our families stay on time with their payments, adjusting tuition as fit due to changes in circumstances.
Program Long-Term Success  College success - Jerry's numbers
Program Success Monitored By 

We measure the progress of each student based on GPA, common assessment 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 30 schools, we compare our school to other network members 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.

Examples of Program Success 
  • On the critical reading and math sections of the SAT, the Class of 2015 scored 67 points above the national average for Black students and 46 points above the national average for Hispanic students.
  • Our alumni are succeeding in college at rates above the national average:

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  $361,319.00
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 six 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. James MacDonald
CEO Term Start July 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience The school is led by Jay MacDonald, who brings his passion, commitment, and wide range of experience to Cristo Rey Boston. Jay previously served as the Executive Director of the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Naples, Florida. As an administrator, Jay served as Principal of Tampa Catholic High School in Florida; President of his alma mater, Catholic Memorial High School in Boston; Executive Director of Advancement for the Christian Brothers in North America; and as Vice-President for Advancement at Iona College. Earlier in his career, Jay taught in the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers network of schools in New York and Florida. Jay has served as a Director and Trustee at schools and service institutions in Rochester, Honolulu, New Rochelle, Naples, and Boston. Jay earned a B.A. in English from Iona College and an M.Ed. in school administration from Boston College.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Jeff Thielman Jan 2009 July 2015
Mr. Robert McCarthy Feb 2007 Jan 2009

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Beth Degnan Principal --
Ms. Zibby McCleary Director or Development --
Ms. Sue-Ann Rodriquez Interim Director of the Corporate Work Study Program --
Ms. Celia Williams Business Manager --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

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 51
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 0
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: 34
Male: 23
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
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 Bi-Annually


Board Chair Mr. Thomas P. O'Neill III
Board Chair Company Affiliation O'Neill and Associates
Board Chair Term July 2012 - June 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Catherine Joyce Brennan CP Mentors Voting
Mr. Cornelius Chapman Burns & Levinson LLP Voting
Fr. Terry Devino S.J. Boston College Voting
Mr. Harry Ebbighausen Iron Mountain (Retired) Voting
Mr. Clyde Evans CE Consulting Voting
Ms. Carole Falcone Real Estate Agent (retired) Voting
Mr. Patrick Flanagan Veristat Voting
Mr. Chris Flieger Educator Voting
Mr. Roberto Goizueta Boston College Voting
Mr. Mark Harty Morrison Mahoney, LLP Voting
Mr. W. Cecyl Hobbs Bankrate, Inc. Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Lempres McKinsey & Co. Voting
Mr. Paul Lonergan Congress Wealth Management Voting
Ms. Marianne MacDonald Ph.D. CDM Smith Voting
Mr. Hugh McLaughlin Ballybreen Ventures, LLC Voting
Mr. Ed Murphy Empower Retirement Voting
Mr. Robert Murray Bond Brothers 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
Ms. Meredith Shachoy CMS Partners Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 17
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 16
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 --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $4,597,060 $4,871,002 $4,316,294
Total Expenses $5,076,746 $4,574,472 $4,367,265

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,260,414 $1,445,211 $1,427,486
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $3,103,167 $3,037,511 $2,589,100
Investment Income, Net of Losses $28,991 $188,249 $129,129
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $164,024 $166,822 $169,592
Other $40,464 $33,209 $987

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $3,017,330 $2,684,425 $2,357,393
Administration Expense $1,788,928 $1,601,992 $1,765,783
Fundraising Expense $270,488 $288,055 $244,089
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.91 1.06 0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses 59% 59% 54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 21% 20% 17%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $20,724,767 $21,262,467 $20,992,845
Current Assets $1,007,370 $803,224 $568,581
Long-Term Liabilities $201,808 $367,605 $430,349
Current Liabilities $521,031 $413,248 $377,412
Total Net Assets $20,001,928 $20,481,614 $20,185,084

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.93 1.94 1.51

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 1% 2% 2%

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.  


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