Since the beginning of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School in 2012, Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly, P.C. has proudly served as a Job Partner for each school year, employing four Cristo Rey high school students per academic year. For the 2017-2018 school year, the Firm welcomed four Cristo Rey students: two returning students, a junior and a senior, as well as a sophomore and a freshman. A unique component of the Cristo Rey program is the job partnership, as each student is paired with a Job Partner, and as a result, the student ends up paying a significant portion of his or her tuition through the work they do for the their Job Partner while gaining real-world job experience. At MOODK our students each report for work one day per week, and an alternating second day once a month. The Cristo Rey students learn aspects of the Firm’s practice by working in various departments within the Firm under the guidance and supervision of staff and attorneys. Over the past five years we have had the honor of celebrating with several of our students who graduated from Cristo Rey and moved on to college. The School is best described by Cristo Rey’s President:
Cristo Rey Philadelphia is a new model of private high school that opened in 2012 because of a unique partnership of local educators, businesses and universities. Cristo Rey Philadelphia is a top quality, independent, Catholic high school for students of all faiths. We serve women and men in grades 9-12 who could not otherwise afford a private education. The Cristo Rey curriculum combines rigorous academics with professional work experience in businesses where the students are mentored by college educated adults.
Every Cristo Rey Philadelphia student works five days per month in a real job, for real wages. They work at leading Philadelphia area businesses like Comcast, Independence Blue Cross, FMC, The Philadelphia Zoo, hospitals, accounting firms, law firms, and many others. The job accelerates the students’ development and the wages they earn fund a substantial portion of the cost of their education. In June of 2016, the first class of Crist Rey students in Philadelphia graduated and 100% of them were accepted to a 4-year college!
There are 32 Cristo Rey Network High Schools operating across the United States this year. Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly, P.C. is committed to the continued support of this unique and innovative high school.