Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School is a Catholic high school that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. By offering a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community, we prepare our students to succeed in college and beyond with the values essential to a fulfilling life.
While remaining true to, and fulfilling, the school’s Mission, to be considered one of the best high schools in New York as measured by academic progress and achievement, graduation rates, college acceptance and accessibility, and college and post-graduate success and to do so without being constrained by or resorting to labels, qualifiers or reduced expectations (e.g. low-income, inner-city, minority, faith-based).
Initially a provisional member of the national Cristo Rey Network, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School opened to 43 freshmen students in September 2008 as Lourdes Academy High School in the 100 year old, former Our Lady of Lourdes elementary school building in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 2011, the school was rechristened Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School and in 2012, achieved full membership in the Cristo Rey Network.
In 2013, after five years in our initial home, we moved to the former Catherine McAuley High School in East Flatbush. A full fledged high school facility, our current home, provides us with the capacity to grow enrollment and offer numerous programs and resources lacking in our previous location.
In May 2018, after a two-year accreditation review period, CRBHS achieved full accreditation from the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). NYSAIS is a voluntary association of nearly 200 independent schools that share a common goal of promoting the independence, well-being and public understanding of, and respect for, New York independent schools and serves as an accrediting body chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. In 2020, the NYSAIS Board of Trustees voted to extend our accreditation term by a full four years, to June 30, 2024. This ground-breaking milestone is one of CRB’s highest achievements to date and demonstrate our progress towards fulfilling our Mission and realizing our Vision to provide a high quality, independent college prep education to young people from Brooklyn and surrounding communities who otherwise could not access one.
With the support of the Cristo Rey Network, our religious endorser, the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, Diocese of Brooklyn and hundreds of work study partners and supporters, Cristo Rey Brooklyn today serves 300 students and claims over 500 graduates.