Academics

Cristo Rey Brooklyn offers students the opportunity to achieve academic excellence. Our rigorous college preparatory curriculum is designed with the expectation that all students will enroll in college. Students also enjoy a variety of programs during and after school that enhance their student experience while offering them an opportunity to be a part of a vibrant school community.

Our Curriculum

The Cristo Rey Brooklyn curriculum and instructional program was developed with and by academic partners in the Cristo Rey Network. Teachers integrate specific content benchmarks as well as benchmarks in literacy, thinking practices, and lifelong learning behaviors into their annual plans and practices.

Students at Cristo Rey Brooklyn are required to complete graduation requirements of:

  • 5 units of English [including English Reinforcement (1 credit)]

  • 4 units of Math 

  • 4 units of Science

  • 4 units of Religious Studies*

  • 3 units of Social Studies

  • 3 units of Foreign Language

  • 1.5 units of Physical Education

Additionally, all students must complete the following:

  • 1 unit of College Level Electives

  • .5 unit Fine Arts

  • .5 unit Health

  • .5 unit Professional Writing

*Transfer students from non-religious schools may be eligible for a replacement course to be taken over the summer.

Honors

Honors classes often offer the same curriculum as our other college prep classes but are tailored for high-achieving students — covering additional topics or some topics in greater depth.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement classes cover the breadth of information, skills and assignments found in corresponding college courses. Aligned with the standards and expectations of leading liberal arts and research institutions it provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level.

Dual-Credit Courses

These courses allow students to enroll in courses at local college partners and receive credit at both CRB and that college upon successful completion.

Current Partner:

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Summer at Cristo Rey Brooklyn
Programs will run from Monday, July 19, 2021 to Thursday, August 12, 2021, in-person

Summer Training Program:

All incoming Cristo Rey Brooklyn students complete the Summer Training Program the summer before they begin school. Students’ full acceptance into Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School and the Corporate Work Study Program is contingent on successful completion of the four-week Summer Training Program. Throughout the program students learn computer skills in both the Google Suite and Microsoft Office, professional etiquette, basic office tasks, networking skills, resume writing, as well as basic math and literature. The program incorporates not only traditional classroom style instruction, but also hands on learning opportunities, including visits to partner organizations and a practice networking event. In addition to preparing students to be successful at their job placements, the Summer Training Program also looks to integrate students into the larger Cristo Rey Brooklyn community, introducing them to our Catholic identity and college-bound culture.
 

At the end of their training, students are equipped to:

  • Perform basic office duties including filing, faxing, copying, and inter-office mail processing

  • Work with applications in both the Google Suite and Microsoft Office

  • Receive and record phone messages in a professional manner

  • Navigate successfully around, greet and converse with adults in the workplace

  • Become proactive at work

Classes Offered:

  • Communications - includes lessons on verbal communication, body language, professionalism, & problem solving 

  • Business Skills - includes lessons on reception and message taking, filing, professional emails, subway navigation, etc. 

  • Literature & Writing - reviews basic literature and writing concepts including basic grammar and proofreading through the study of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime 

  • Basic Computers - focuses on the Google Suite, including gmail, google calendar, docs, sheets, and slides 

  • Academic Overview - covers basic academic skills such as organization, note taking, and study skills

For more information contact: cwsp@cristoreybrooklyn.org

Summer Institute*:

What: Summer Institute 2021 is a Summer Program of optional and mandatory FREE Summer courses offered to all CRB students. These courses are designed by your CRB teachers to prepare you for the next school year. They hit on the skills that are necessary for high level CRB school year courses and help keep you academically engaged in the summer months. If you enroll and successfully complete these summer courses, you will earn an extra 0.5 credit on your CRB transcript! This looks great to colleges and provides you with a great opportunity to show that you applied yourself in high school! We highly encourage you all to take this opportunity!

 

When: The Summer Institute runs Mondays through Thursdays, beginning July 19th through August 12th. There are 2 sessions each day that run from 8:30 - 11:30 and then 12:30 - 3:30. This 4 week program gives you about 48 hours of coursework which equates to half a course credit. Students are allowed to take at most 2 courses.


Who: ANY CRB student can enroll in these courses. Be advised that there are 2 different types of classes being offered. Optional classes are open to any rising sophomore, rising junior or rising senior. Bridge courses are mandatory courses before an honors or AP level class during the school year. These courses require a teacher recommendation and are only for the corresponding grade level. These courses are a requirement if you would like to enroll in the linked AP/Honors course. Recommendations will come from your teachers directly and have already been emailed out. Please talk with your teachers if you are curious about any of these courses!

 

Classes Offered:​

Courses will run on a first come, first served basis. Courses will only be offered if a minimum of 15 students apply.

  • Optional Public Speaking (any grade level) - skills and confidence building on how to effectively give a speech or presentation to a live audience.

  • Optional Financial Literacy (any grade level) - basics of money management, budgeting, saving, debt, investing, and giving. Helps build strong money habits early on to help avoid mistakes that lead to lifelong money struggles

  • Optional Coding (any grade level) - computer programming, how to give instructions to computers to make it work the way we want.

  • Human Geography Bridge** (rising sophomores) - this course leads to AP Human Geography in the Sophomore year and REQUIRES a Teacher Recommendation.

  • Spanish Bridge** (rising sophomores) -  this course leads to Spanish II Honors in the Sophomore year and REQUIRES a Teacher Recommendation.

  • Science Lab Bridge** (rising seniors) -  this course leads to AP Environmental Science in the Senior year and REQUIRES a Teacher Recommendation.

 

 

*Enrollment will close on June 18th. If you would like more information or have any questions, email info@cristoreybrooklyn.org

If you'd like to learn more or would like additional information email: info@cristoreybrooklyn.org