San Francisco’s Cristo Rey Academy

In addition to STEM education programs run by its partner California Life Sciences Institute, CLSA likes to highlight other innovative STEM programs that are working with our companies to create access to science careers for underserved students. The ICA Cristo Rey Academy is a Dominican Catholic college preparatory school in San Francisco that empowers girls from underserved communities to become confident young women able to realize their full potential.

Built upon an excellent academic curriculum, a unique corporate work study experience, and the support of the spiritual community, students are prepared for a life of faith, purpose, and service.

One of the aspects that makes the student experience so special is the Corporate Work Study Program, which is an integral part of all Cristo Rey high schools. Read more here.

This program provides employment for students at local corporate offices and engages with sponsors throughout the Bay Area (northern peninsula, San Francisco, and BART accessible East Bay). The money earned through this program offsets a significant portion of each student’s cost of education, enabling the school to lower its tuition significantly.

Sponsor organizations work in several industries including healthcare, financial services, legal and media, among others.  A team of four ICA Cristo Rey students shares one full-time job. Students rotate their schedules, each working five full days every four weeks. Academic schedules are structured so that students never miss class.

Sponsors contract directly with ICA Cristo Rey, which serves as the actual employer of each student. Sponsors thereby avoid the administrative and financial overhead of direct employment. In addition, the school transports each student to and from the worksite.

The program personnel at ICA Cristo Rey effectively co-supervise student workers with sponsors. This co-supervision facilitates compliance with program policies and procedures including dress code, professionalism, attendance and punctuality, as well as performance expectations and reviews.

To learn more about this exciting program or to participate in the 2021 school year, please visit the ICA Academy Website or contact: Sister Lilly Fitzpatrick, O.P., Job Acquisitions Manager, 3625 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 824-2052 ext. 28.  For more information, visit: