New Catholic school to occupy former Redemptorist High site in 2016
BATON ROUGE - Plans to open a new Catholic high school in the fall of 2016 at the former site of Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge were announced Wednesday morning.
The new school, Cristo Rey, will aim to exclusively serve students from low income families to unite with local business leaders, bringing faith-based, college-prep education to the Baton Rouge community.
After a long search for location in downtown and central Baton Rouge, the Catholic order behind the school, The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, North American Province, finally settled on and secured a lease for the former Redemptorist campus located at 4000 St. Gerard Ave. Feasibility studies for the school began as early as October of 2013.
The school will operate under the Cristo Rey Network model, which is what allows the college-prep education to be brought to students from low-income backgrounds by offsetting the cost of their schooling through a work study style program. Students who attend the school will work five days per month in a professional setting, allowing each student to fund a large part of the cost of their education. According to the order, 40 local and national corporate partners in Baton Rouge have already committed to hiring teams of four students each for the school's initial year.
Cristo Rey Baton Rouge will be the 32nd school that uses this particular work study model in the country, with an expect enrollment of 125 students in its first class of 9th grade students.
Former Southern University chancellor, Dr. Jim Llorens, will serve as the founding president with Vic Howell, a retired business executive and community leader, set to lead the founding board. Local high school administrator, Aimee Wiles, will serve as the founding principal of the institution.