METRO DETROIT New Catholic high proposed Students would work to pay most of their tuition The Detroit Free Press, January 30, 2006 BY PATRICIA MONTEMURRI FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER Once, nearly every Catholic parish in Detroit had a only Catholic high schools are the all-boys high school. University of Detroit Jesuit and Loyola, both operated by the Jesuit priest order. Indeed, in the mid-1960s, there were about 50 such schools in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. Last June, the archdiocese closed Holy Redeemer, East Catholic and St. Martin de Porres coed high Now, there are no coed Catholic high schools left in schools. Dominican, the last all-girls Catholic high the urban core and just 12 Catholic schools of any school in Detroit, also closed. The archdiocese kind in Detroit. shuttered seven Catholic elementary schools in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park because of This week, as the Archdiocese of Detroit celebrates declining enrollments and skyrocketing debts. Catholic Schools Week, activists are working to open a new coed Catholic secondary school in fall In the Cristo Rey model, students have a longer 2007. school day and year to compensate for time spent on the job, said Jeff Thielman, the Boston-based It would be modeled after schools in Chicago, Los vice president of the Cristo Rey Network. Angeles, Cleveland and elsewhere that require students to work to supplement education costs. In Detroit, organizers will have to raise $3 million to $5 million from foundations and individuals for start- The concept, pioneered in Chicago in 1996, is up costs. called the Cristo Rey model, which is Spanish for "Christ the King." A feasibility study is under way, funded with a $50,000 grant from the Skillman Foundation, a In Cristo Rey schools, four students share one $5,000 donation from the archdiocese and advisory entry-level job -- for example, at a corporation, law work provided by members of the Monroe-based firm or hospital. Immaculate Heart of Mary religious order and the Farmington Hills-based Sisters of Mercy of the Each student works five days a month, and the Americas. average $22,000 salary for the position goes directly to the school. Families of students are Sister Canice Johnson, a Mercy nun, said the responsible to pay about $2,000 or less in tuition Detroit Catholic High School Planning Committee annually from their own funds. would like to find a building near downtown. She said local surveys of schoolchildren and families "That would be wonderful," said Jennifer Collins, reveal strong interest in the Cristo Rey concept. whose 11-year-old daughter, Danielle, is a sixth- grader at Our Lady of Guadalupe Middle School, an Ned McGrath, an archdiocese spokesman, all-girls school at St. Stephen's parish in southwest expressed optimism about the plan. Detroit. "We know their model well. It is impressive, and we like the results," McGrath said last week. "It would She'd like her daughter to attend a Catholic high be a good fit in our urban community." school because she believes there is more Contact PATRICIA MONTEMURRI at 313-223- discipline and individual attention for students. But 4538 or firstname.lastname@example.org. there are no options for her in the city, where the METRO DETROIT Closed Catholic schools status report January 30, 2006 Up for sale: East Catholic High in Detroit; Notre Transformed into charter or private schools: Dame and Trinity High, both in Harper Woods. Bishop Borgess High School and Academy in Up for lease: St. Mel in Dearborn Heights; Our Redford Township, now Covenant High School and Lady Queen of Angels, Transfiguration, St. Luke & Academy. St. Brigid and East Catholic Elementary at St. Holy Redeemer High School in Detroit, now Elizabeth parish, all in Detroit. Covenant House Life Skills Center West. Sold: St. Casimir School in Detroit, to the St. Alphonsus Elementary in Dearborn, now nonprofit Core Cities Neighborhood. Advanced Technology Academy. Pending sales: Dominican High in Detroit, to St. Florian Elementary in Hamtramck, now Hanley become Marvin L. Winans Academy. The convent International Academy. will remain the Dominican Literacy Center, owned St. Benedict Elementary in Highland Park, now by Adrian Dominican nuns. North Pointe Academy. St. Martin de Porres in Detroit, to a private school St. Mary Magdalen Elementary in Melvindale, now foundation. Academy of Business and Technology. In-house use: St. Clement High in Center Line, PATRICIA MONTEMURRI being used by parish, which still operates a grade school.