Admissions – FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for Admission?

  • Financial – Cristo Rey Jesuit exclusively serves students who desire a college prep education but could not otherwise afford to attend a private high school.  Demonstrated financial need is a requirement for admission and is evaluated on a case-by-case basis through the financial aid process. Click here for detailed information about financial eligibility for admissions.
  • Age – Students must be 14 years old by September 1 of the year they enroll.
  • Academics – Students must have at least average grades and attendance and be willing to work hard to meet high academic expectations and the work obligations of the school.
  • Employability – Students must possess the maturity and work ethic necessary to be successful working with adults in an office environment.  All students must be authorized to work in the United States by the first day of the work study program.
  • Desire & Dedication – The most important qualities a student can bring to Cristo Rey Jesuit are the desire and dedication to work hard on the job and at school.

When should I apply?

You should apply as soon as possible!  We are accepting applications for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders until the class is full.  For freshman applications, priority is given to applications received before January 15, 2022. However, you are encouraged to turn in your application sooner! For those applications received after January 15, 2022, we process and evaluate the applications on a rolling basis once we have finished processing those applications received on or before the priority deadline.

TRANSFERS – we will not be able to send decisions until we know how many spots, if any, have opened in each grade; usually, we can determine the number of spaces by late Spring and start giving out decisions around May.

By when will I get a decision?

If you have met the priority academic deadline of January 14th by having all required documents submitted and we have conducted an interview, it is our goal to give you a decision by March 14, 2022.

Do you take transfers during the school year?

Because all new students must attend a two-week training session before the beginning of the school year, we do not take transfer students during the school year.

Is there an Entrance Exam?

No, we do not require the ISEE or the HSPT.  We use the grades, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation that you submit when you apply.

Do you need to be Catholic to apply?

No, students of all faiths or denominations are welcome.  The school is open to all; however, it should be understood that it is a Catholic, Jesuit institution and religion classes, monthly liturgical celebrations, and spiritual retreats are part of the school.

How rigorous is the curriculum?

We have a rigorous college preparatory curriculum offering a recognized diploma.  Students should expect to be challenged and work hard to attain the skills that will lead them to succeed in college and beyond.

Are there extra-curricular activities and sports?

Yes, sports offered include football, cheer, volleyball, basketball, cross-country, track & field, soccer, softball and baseball. Our sports compete as part of TCAL.

Clubs and other activities are determined based on student interest and the availability of sponsors, but currently include clubs like culinary, yearbook, the black student union, national honor society, the woods club, theater, art and much much more.

Is there a uniform?

Yes, the school is designed to reflect the dress and atmosphere of a corporate workplace.  As such, the students wear a uniform daily.  All students will be taught to dress and groom themselves in a manner appropriate for a professional work environment.

Is the school calendar the same as HISD and/or other Catholic schools?

While every effort is made to align the calendar, the primary influence on the calendar is the corporate work world. As such, some of the holidays and vacations are more in line with federal holidays than traditional school holidays. In addition, summer training for all incoming students will begin towards the end of July and is a requirement of admission to the program. Copies of the school calendar and daily bell schedule are available on our website.

Do all students participate in the Corporate Work-Study Program?

Yes, as a requirement for admission, all students must be 14 years old and have the necessary documentation to be legally employed in the USA.  Students who cannot hold a job cannot remain in the academic program.

Do students get to choose their jobs?

Students are interviewed and evaluated and their interests and skills are taken into consideration with job placement.  Ultimately, the Corporate Work-Study Program team decides where each student will work each year.

Do you offer an Open House?

Yes!  Please come visit us during our Open House.  We will conduct campus tours, information sessions, and student/parent panels.  Open House usually happens the morning of the first Saturday of December.

What if I can't come to the Open House or the date has passed?

We would still love to speak with you and answer your questions. Please feel free to check out our “Visit” page for more options. You are also always welcome to call and schedule an individual appointment. With advance notice, we are happy to accommodate nearly any request.

Do you offer Shadow Visits?

Yes! Students who would like to experience Cristo Rey Jesuit first-hand are encouraged to take advantage of our Shadow Visit Program. During your visit, you will be paired with a current student and attend classes. Typically, we ask that you arrive by 7:15am and depart after the lunch hour, giving you the chance to attend four classes and enjoy lunch with current Cristo Rey Jesuit students. For more information on the Shadow Visit Program, please call Ms. Martinez at 832-320-9184.


Mr. Alexander Zapata

Associate Director of Admissions