The school was opened in August 2009, on the campus of the former Mount Carmel High School. Like other Cristo Rey schools, students help pay for their tuition through a work-study program. All 60 of the school's first senior class graduated and were accepted into colleges, from the University of Texas to Georgetown.
Cristo Rey Jesuit, along with The Chinquapin School and Yellowstone Academy, is one of the few Greater Houston private schools that serve exclusively low income students. In 2016 the racial mix of the student body was: 78.3% Hispanic, 15.2% African American, and 3.5% mixed race.
Financial: Students should come from a family with sufficient financial need to qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. Families who are only slightly over this level are still encouraged to apply. The PSAS financial aid application will be used to verify need on a case-by-case basis, as the first criterion for admission.
Age: In general, students must be 14 years old by September 1 of the year they enroll. To work at a work site other than the Corporate Work Study office, a student must be at least 14.
Scholarship: Students must have at least average grades and attendance and be willing to work hard to achieve the high academic expectations and the work obligations of the school.