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Work-Study Program Holds Down Tuition Costs
CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- A unique local high school celebrates getting bigger and getting better.
A school which makes a private, college prep curriculum available to those who could otherwise not afford it.
De Paul Cristo Rey High School is part of a network of Independent Catholic high schools with work-study programs that make tuition affordable. Thursday night, the Cincinnati campus is about to dedicate three new buildings, a sign of success and growth. Local 12 News reporter Jeff Hirsh has more on what makes it unique.
Jeff Hirsh was at De Paul Cristo Rey High School two years ago for the first day of school, about 90 students. Now they have twice that many with more growth coming. So these new buildings are absolutely necessary.
Of course you would expect a Catholic high school to have a religion class and the average math class. But this high school has something else, a unique way to hold down the cost for the predominantly low and moderate income students.
Principal Andrew Farfsing says, We do this through an innovative corporate work study program that immediately cuts our tuition in half, and then we work with each family to find an affordable amount for each family.
The work study program helps student plan their future. Every student works at a business one day a week, all year.
What would be the student's salary goes instead towards his tuition. De Paul Cristo Rey opened in 2011 with a freshman class. They've added one grade a year, and the school population has doubled. Next year Cristo Rey adds one more grade and becomes 9- 12. The work-study component will stay. As will the academic mission.
The new science building will be called the Seton Science Center in honor of Sister Elizabeth Ann Seton, of the Sisters of Charity, which founded the first free catholic school in the United States in 1810.
The Sisters of Charity are the sponsors of De Paul Cristo Rey.
Besides the science building, there is also a new administration and classroom building, and another classroom building.