Where is Providence Cristo Rey High School located?
The school is in the Haughville neighborhood at 75 N. Belleview Place (about 2500 West on Washington Street) just north of Hawthorne Park. It is located about one mile west of the Indianapolis zoo.
Can you describe Providence Cristo Rey High School students?
Providence Cristo Rey High School offers a college preparatory education to economically challenged families. Our student body is a diverse group focused on getting ready for college and career. Students come to the school from throughout the Indianapolis area.
What kind of student does PCRHS accept?
Students do not have to be straight A students. However, Providence Cristo Rey High School is looking for students who consistently pass or excel in their classes with a C average and who are motivated and want to go to college. Because each student also participates in the Corporate Work Study Program, each applicant has to present documentation and be legally eligible to work.
What kind of classes do students take?
All of our students take college prep courses with the goal of earning a Core 40 or Core 40 with Honors Diploma. In January, the school offers a minimester in which students can choose different project-based electives (Criminology, German, Art, Music, Social Problems and so on.).
What is the school day like?
The school day starts at 7:30 am with an assembly. Students typically take six or seven classes. Classes end at 3:45 p.m. Everyday from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. students work in Learning Teams to increase their potential for success. Some students get help from teachers; others study in groups for upcoming tests, work on projects, use the computer lab/media center, or do homework together. Each week, the student also spends at least one day on the job at a corporate work study site from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Do you have to be Catholic to attend PCRHS?
No, in fact the majority of our students are not Catholic. However, students have to take theology all four years. In this class, students are encouraged to develop a personal relationship with God and an understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. They also study what the Catholic Church teaches on a variety of subjects. In addition, students pray daily and participate in prayer services and retreats. If they are not Catholic, they are encouraged to continue to grow in their own faiths as well.
What kind of transportation does the school provide?
We have shuttle pick up points on the east, central, and west sides of Indianapolis. We choose our shuttle points based on where clusters of our families are located. Providence Cristo Rey also transports students from school to their Corporate Work Study site. We also provide IndyGo passes free of charge to our students.
How much does it cost to attend PCRHS?
All families are expected to pay a portion of tuition called the family contribution. The students earn a large portion of their tuition through the Corporate Work Study program. Financial aid and scholarships are available to help pay some of those costs for students who qualify. About 98 percent of our families receive some type of financial aid. PCRHS also accepts the school choice scholarship for students transferring from the public or charter school system.
What about athletics and clubs?
Providence Cristo Rey currently fields teams in soccer, girls volleyball, boys/girls basketball, baseball and softball. The school also has a weightlifting club, student council, book discussion group, world cultures, microwave cooking, spirit club, documentary film, board game club and is evolving other extracurricular clubs as students ask for such groups.