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Cristo Rey Network schools remain steadfastly focused on serving students who could not otherwise have access to a quality high school education. Cristo Rey schools do not focus their recruiting on academically high-performing, low-income students. Indeed, on ... more.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School: News
Fr. Tim Manatt, S.J., our president, and Raquel Gudiel, our Graduate Support Coordinator, are currently in the middle of a five state, 16 college campus tour.
This morning, as students arrived at school, Fr. Tim Manatt, S.J., our president, greeted them with the usual Monday morning handshake. However, this morning he asked many of the students, "Is it you? The "it" Fr. Manatt was referring to was the Session 1's Employee of the Session.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School: Staff/Faculty Directory
Thank you Fr. Manatt!
On Tuesday, September 30, Board Chair, Girard Miller announced to the school community that after four years of dedicated service, our president, Fr. Tim Manatt, S.J., would be moving on from his position at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School to a new assignment in active ministry with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School: Board of Directors
Rev. Timothy Manatt, S.J. (Ex-oficio)
President Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Civic Caucus interview with Father Tim Manatt, S. J., president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis
Father Tim Manatt, S. J., president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis
Students earn tuition, prepare for college and for work in Cristo Rey program A Civic CaucusFocus on Competitiveness Interview December 6, 2013 Present: Dave Broden (vice chair), Pat Davies, Paul Gilje (coordinator), Sallie Kemper, Fr. Tim Manatt, Dana Schroeder, Clarence Shallbetter, Fred Zimmerman. According to Father Tim Manatt, S.J., Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis operates a unique work/study program that helps prepare low-income and immigrant students for college and the workforce. Manatt, president of the school, reports that 95 percent of the student's employers say the students meet or exceed their expectations, bringing energy and vitality to the workplace. Manatt says most are doing well, many better than their ACT scores might predict, which he attributes both to the school's intensive academic emphasis on core subjects and to skills the students have learned in the workplace. Background: Father Tim Manatt, S.J., is president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in South Minneapolis, a position he has had for four years. He is a priest and a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), a missionary and teaching order in the Catholic Church. He has deep roots in Iowa and is a graduate of Grinnell College. As part of his Jesuit training, Manatt studied at Creighton, Fordham, and Santa Clara Universities, and served as dean of students at Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota . On Sundays, he assists the pastors of Assumption Parish in Richfield and St. Stephen's Parish in Minneapolis with Spanish-speaking Masses. Manatt lives with nine other Jesuits in a community near the Midtown Exchange/Global Market. Discussion: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, which opened in 2007, is a private, Catholic, college-preparatory high school exclusively for under-resourced students. Father Tim Manatt, S.J., president of the school, which is located in the Colin Powell Center at 4 th Avenue and Lake Street in south Minneapolis, said the school's mission is to offer opportunities to low-income and immigrant families, who have very limited options for private, Catholic education. "The Cristo Rey model was born in Chicago out of the need of Mexican immigrant families and the willingness of the Chicago business community to embrace the idea," Manatt said. Manatt said the Gates Foundation did not continue its school replication grant past its original $20 million grant, although it has continued its engagement through lesser grants for the sake of improving academic standards and ACT scores across the Network. However, the Walton Family Foundation is now involved. He said the Network is likely to expand again soon. Columbus, Ohio, opened a Cristo Rey school this year and Atlanta and San Jose will open in August 2014. The next schools under discussion are in San Antonio and Milwaukee. The Cristo Rey Network will probably reach 40 schools in the next 10 years and maybe 50 in the 10 years after that, he said. Nationally, less than 15 percent of African American and Hispanic students graduate from high school and college within 10 years. Manatt said the graduation rate for Hispanic students in the Twin Citiesmetro area is 45 percent and is similar for African American students. Manatt said the school's "sweet spot" would be about 450. He said the number of graduates each year has been 62 students, 55 students and 47 students. Next spring it should be in the 60s and by 2015 it will be 70-plus. There are 112 freshmen this year, which is a 10 percent increase over the previous year. "We're getting the younger sibling and cousin effect," he said. In addition to Manatt, the president (or headmaster), there are two other Jesuits at the school: one full-time teacher and one who works with faculty and adults in faith formation. With its size and funding, Manatt said the school cannot serve most students with special needs requiring special education. The school can take a child with Asperger's Syndrome, but not those with more serious diagnoses on the autism spectrum. The building can accommodate children with physical limitations. "We can't serve everyone," he said. "We're taking some pretty significant risks on a lot of kids and a lot of families. If anything, there's been pressure to increase the academic standards in admissions." "We take very few transfer students, because the culture of work is something that really needs to be ingrained and learned at an early age," Manatt said. Overall, the postsecondary progress of our graduates is about five times the national average with these demographics," Manatt said. He said the school employs a full-time person to support its graduates, offering logistical and emotional support. "We visit all of our graduates who go to college on their college campuses before Thanksgiving in their freshman year," he said. Manatt makes some of those visits himself. "That jump from high school to college, especially if you go away, is much larger than many of us can imagine," he said. It's a large emotional burden if a student from an immigrant family has always acted as the interpreter for his or her mother and then goes away to college. Besides offering emotional support, the school also offers families assistance through the college and financial-aid application process. "Both in the college counseling process and in the graduate support," Manatt said, "I can boldly and legitimately say that no school in the Twin Cities takes as much an interest in its graduates as Cristo Rey. Manatt said the school doesn't offer electives and Advanced Placement classes. The students come to the school on average at least one grade level behind, especially in reading and math. "We need to have them on their core subjects: math, science, English, social studies and world language," he said. Manatt said the school has lost a few students because it doesn't participate in PSEO. "Our principal is more than ambivalent regarding PSEO," he said. Of those jobs, Manatt said, 72 positions are paid and the other eight are in nonprofit placements. The students receive no pay individually; all the wages go directly to the school. Students are employees of the school and the companies contract with the school to fill full-time, entry-level jobs. "The job is not charity and it's not a corporate contribution," Manatt said. Manatt explained that each student works one set day a week between Monday and Thursday and one Friday a month. He said none of the students misses any classes. The system is set up so that, for example, all of a sophomore English teacher's students are gone on the same day. He said Cristo Rey's school year is longer and its school day is longer than traditional schools. Manatt noted that all students come to the school each day, many riding the school's eight buses from pickup points in suburban Minneapolis locations, St. Paul and West St. Paul. Manatt said the students are allowed one missed workday each semester. Starting with two missed days, they have to make up their days at work, because they are employees. Some students have been fired from their jobs or the school has had to retrain them right before they were about to get fired. Ninety-five percent of the students' employers say the students meet or exceed their expectations. "They say our kids bring energy and vitality to the workplace," Manatt said. The companies comment that the freshmen are too quiet and sheepish, but the sophomores are "remarkably confident." He said the students' workplace experience begins to expose them to different careers and how various fields of study might lead to different types of jobs. "Being in a workplace broadens students' perspective on so many things," he said. Manatt said the school expects to increase enrollment by 20 to 25 students each year for the next four years. For every increase of four students, the school needs a new work/study job, either by adding jobs within existing companies or adding new companies, such as Target and Cargill, which joined this year. "For us, it's a question of getting our name out and convincing companies to take a risk on teenagers," he said. The work/study program is hard to duplicate. An interviewer asked if there were any other schools in the Twin Cities interested in using the work/study model. "You have to have faith-based philanthropy, businesses that will work with you and a corporate work/study program inside yourschool that is an employment agency for teenagers," Manatt said. "How many schools can create that?" T he Civic Caucus is a non-partisan, tax-exempt educational organization.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School: Leadership Team
Father Timothy Manatt, S.J.
President Fr. Manatt comes to Cristo Rey Jesuit H.S. most recently from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in western South Dakota, where he served as a pastor. He has considerable experience teaching youth across many socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. He is fluent in Spanish and has a strong passion to prepare under-resourced students for success in college and life. Fr. Manatt is eager to meet all the constituents of Cristo Rey Jesuit H.S.