Updated: 06/11/2014 1:13 PM
Created: 06/11/2014 12:27 PM KSTP.com
By: Heidi Enninga
In its fourth year graduating a class of seniors, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis can boast that all 47 students receiving their diploma Saturday afternoon have been accepted to college.
Cristo Rey officials said in a release that 100 percent of the school's seniors have been accepted to a two or four year college or university, and also that 100 percent of the seniors are graduating.
The high school employs a unique funding model which enables kids in some of the most ethnically diverse and economically challenged backgrounds to make contributions toward their own private school education while fulfilling academic requirements.
An approach that combines classroom and "real world" experience in the Corporate Work Study Program, which allows students to work to pay for their education while working at local partner companies.
The school allocates the money the students earn while working one day a week back into the school's budget, which covers nearly half the cost of their tuition.
School officials credit the CWP and its ability to expose students to professional work environments, gain work experience and encourage high goal setting for helping the graduating class reach this milestone.
Since opening in 2007, Cristo Rey said it has graduated 162 students, 70 percent of whom are enrolled in a two or four-year college or university.
Editor's Note: Hubbard Broadcasting is participant in Cristo Rey's Corporate Work Study Program.