History & Growth

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Class of 2019
November 2021


The first Graduation took place on June 2, 2011 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC with 70 graduates who were all accepted to college. Since then, 100% of Don Bosco Cristo Rey graduates have continued to be accepted to college, receiving over $16 million in merit and need based scholarships.


Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and Corporate Work Study Program was founded in 2007 as a member of the Cristo Rey Network. The Archdiocese of Washington  invited the Salesians of Don Bosco of the St. Phillip the Apostle Province of New Rochelle, New York, to co-sponsor and co-found a ‘Cristo Rey’ model school in the Washington metropolitan area, and to imbue the educational approach of St. John Bosco into the new school. The educational vision of the Salesians of Don Bosco inspires all those at Don Bosco Cristo Rey to teach as Jesus taught and to imitate Him in all we say and do.


Don Bosco Cristo Rey is an accredited institution and has received the approval of the following entities:
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Salesian Identity

Don Bosco Cristo Rey was founded by the Salesians of Don Bosco, the second largest Catholic religious order in the world. Today, this Catholic religious organization continues to do the work of the Lord in the spirit of its founder — St. John Bosco. When St. John Bosco founded the Salesians in 1859, his mission was clear and simple: to be a friend — a friend to kids who were poor, kids abandoned, kids at risk — and in so doing, to be a friend to Christ. He dedicated his life to them, and today, Salesians can be found worldwide in many different initiatives on behalf of young people: schools, oratories, youth centers, technical and professional training centers, parishes, foreign missions, and activities in the realm of mass media and social communications.

All those within Don Bosco’s spiritual family share his educational method, popularly called “The Preventive System,” which focuses on developing the whole person — body, heart, mind and spirit. It seeks to prevent the need for punishment by placing the child in an environment in which he or she is encouraged to be the best they can be. It is a congenial, friendly and holistic approach to education. The basic principle of his system is a deep understanding and love for young people and their problems. The Salesian charism continues Don Bosco’s vision and responds to a great need felt by young people to “know that they are loved.” Significantly, Don Bosco’s example and educational methods have inspired a Gospel lifestyle which leads to holiness in life, as witnessed in the lives of those who have embraced Don Bosco’s experience and made it their own.

For more information about the Salesians of Don Bosco and its founder, St. John Bosco, please visit: http://www.sdb.org

For more information on the Eastern Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco, please visit: http://www.salesians.org.