Thursday, January 19, 2006; 2:06 PM
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington plans to open its first new high school in 55 years, featuring an innovative approach targeting low-income students.
The school will be part of the national Cristo Rey network, which advocates work-study programs, and will offer students "an affordable college-prep Catholic education," according to a statement from the Archdiocese Thursday.
The facility, to be named Cristo Rey, is set to open in 2007 at the site of Our Lady of Sorrows School, a parish elementary facility in Tacoma Park.
Under the Cristo Rey model, students attend classes four days a week and work at a local business for one day in a job share arrangement. Businesses pay a nonprofit internship corporation for the students' work, with the money covering most tuition costs.
There are currently 11 Cristo Rey schools in the United States, with another eight slated to open in the next two years.
The elementary students at Our Lady of Sorrows will get help transferring to nearby Catholic schools next fall. The local parish has decided it's no longer possible to operate the elementary school.