New Cristo Rey High School holds open house

New Cristo Rey High School holds open house
Cristo Rey Baton Rouge High (Source: WAFB)
Cristo Rey Baton Rouge High (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Cristo Rey High School in Baton Rouge held an open house Wednesday night.

School leaders welcomed potential new students to the school, which will occupy the building formerly home to Redemptorist High School.

Redemptorist shut down in June after years of low enrollment rates. Its closure was met with outcry from students and alumni.

The new school, set to open in August of 2016, will be part of a network of more than 30 Catholic schools across the country.

Cristo Rey Baton Rouge High is slated as a college-prep Catholic school for low-income students. The students will participate in a work study program, covering part of the cost of their tuition.

The school will begin with just a 9th grade class during the 2016-2017 school year, and will then add a new class each year until all four years are filled.

What to know about applications:

  • Applications are due on November 20 and cost $10.
  • Tuition for a year costs $5,862, though with scholarship money from the state, can be lowered to $1,200. On average, school literature indicates that monthly tuition ranges from $25 to $250 per month, on a need-based basis.
  • Enrollment is not restricted to Catholics.
  • Students must be 14 years old by Sept. 1, 2016 in order to apply for the 2016-2017 school year.

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