Des Moines diocese plans Cristo Rey school

A proposed high school program for low-income students has successfully secured commitments from 25 corporate sponsors to offer students entry-level, clerical-type positions, the Diocese of Des Moines announced July 21.

The diocese is exploring the possibility of opening a Cristo Rey Network college preparatory high school in the fall of 2012.

It would enroll 400 students in grades nine through 12, who would spend extended days and school years in classes and work one full day a week to help pay for their tuition. Three out of four components of the feasibility study are now complete.

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