Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is Providence Cristo Rey High School located?
Q:  Can you describe Providence Cristo Rey students?
Q: What kind of student does PCRHS accept?
Q: What kind of classes do students take?
Q: What is the school day like?
Q: Do you have to be Catholic to attend PCRHS?
Q: What kind of transportation does the school provide?
Q: How much does it cost to attend PCRHS?
Q: What about athletics and clubs?

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 mini-mester 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 7:50. Students have eight periods of class and a lunch/advisory period. Classes end at 3:46 p.m. Everyday from 3:46-4:25 p.m. students participate in quiet study or tutoring. 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 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 34 bus pick up points on the east, far east, mid-town, north, 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 varsity teams in volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys cross country, girls cross country, boys basketball, girls basketball, cheerleading, softball, baseball, boys track and girls track, and some JV sports. Providence Cristo Rey is a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). The school also has a weightlifting club, student council, book discussion group, theater club, yearbook and spirit club. New clubs evolve according to student interests. Members of our Robotics Team are the reigning VEX Tournament Champions beating out other Central Indiana teams.