Christ the King Preparatory School (New Jersey)

Christ the King Preparatory School (New Jersey)

Christ The King Preparatory School, better known as Cristo Rey Newark High School, is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Newark, New Jersey. The school opened in the 2007 school year with an initial freshman class of 100 students, and operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 278 students and 15.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 18.5:1. The school's student body was 56.1% Black, 30.6% Hispanic, 1.1% White, 1.1% Asian, 0.7% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander and 10.4% two or more races. The school was opened to serve primarily the Hispanic and Black, inner-city working class.

On 7 May 2020, the Archdiocese of Newark stated that the school would permanently close at the end of the academic year.


The school operates on the site of the now-defunct Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, which closed in June 2006.

Christ The King Preparatory School opened in August 2007 and graduated its first class in 2011. It is part of the Cristo Rey Network of high schools nationwide, the original being Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. The president of Christ the King Prep is Fr. Bob Sandoz. Its founding principal is Kevin P. Cuddihy, the former principal of St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City and former dean of students at Xavier High School in Manhattan.

For the 2016-17 school year, the cost per student was $12,835, which is defrayed through a $7,100 corporate internship and $2,700 in financial assistance provided to all students; the net tuition was $2,700 per student.

Students must complete 40 hours of voluntary service in each of the first two years and 50 hours of service in both junior and senior years. Various retreat opportunities are offered and all make a retreat in junior year.

Student ambassadors are selected to represent the school to the public, and there is an elected student council.

On May 7, 2020, Archdiocese revealed that "Cristo Rey Newark High School, a member of the Cristo Rey Network®, also will close due to lack of operational viability, as per a resolution adopted by the school’s Board."


The Christ the King Knights compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).

Sports offered include:

Boys: Basketball, baseball (pending)

Girls: Volleyball, softball, cheerleading, and basketball

Co-Ed: Bowling, soccer, track & field, cross country, golf, and swimming (pending)


Further reading

  • Kearney, G. R. More Than a Dream: The Cristo Rey Story: How One School's Vision Is Changing the World. Chicago, Ill: Loyola Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-82-942576-5

External links

  • School website
  • Cristo Rey Network
  • Fr. John P. Foley honored with Presidential Citizen's Medal
  • 60 minutes
  • Cristo Rey Featured in WashPost column by George Will
  • Boston Globe - With sense of purpose, students cut class for a day
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Success of Innovative Urban Catholic School Sparks Major Investment

Christ the King Preparatory School (New Jersey)

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