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Don Bosco Cristo Rey (DBCR) High School is a high school in the Archdiocese of Washington. We are a unique partnership between the Archdiocese of Washington, the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Cristo Rey Network of Schools. Students come to Don Bosco Cristo Rey because they dream of going to college and deserve a great educational opportunity, despite having limited financial resources. Everyone participates in the Corporate Work Study (CWS) Program where they gain professional work experience and earn money to pay for a portion of their education. In the tradition of the Salesians of Don Bosco, we emphasize the importance of Faith, Family, Future, and Fun in education. Our teachers and staff know that every student needs a loving, supportive environment in order to succeed. In this environment, students at DBCR will receive new opportunities that help them discover their academic potential and other natural talents.


DBCR opened its doors in August 2007 and reached a historic milestone with the graduation of the Class of 2011. The school will continue to grow each year until it reaches 429 at full enrollment.

Small class sizes and structured interaction with faculty and staff ensure all students receive significant personal attention geared to their needs.

Over 60 zip codes are represented at DBCR as families from across the DMV seek an affordable, college and career-preparatory education in the Catholic tradition..




Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and Corporate Work Study Program is a Catholic college-preparatory school for young men and women from the Washington, DC area who have the need and the motivation to help earn their own tuition money through an innovative Corporate Work Study program. In the tradition of St. John Bosco, who educated young people for life in an environment of trust and loving kindness, our rigorous educational program aims to prepare our graduates for college with the Christian values essential for a successful and fulfilling life.


Don Bosco Cristo Rey will be a leader in achievement as it creatively develops transformative leaders who will succeed in college and contribute to the arrival of the Kingdom of God.

Faith, Family, Future, Fun

These four elements tie the essentials of St. John Bosco’s priorities with those of Don Bosco Cristo Rey culture. Faith is foundational, no matter what our religion may be. God is our source and strength. The richness of our diversity gives rise to a desire to create a Family atmosphere of acceptance and mutual respect, making our school a safe place where we want to be. Our goal is success in college and beyond through the training of the intellect, professional skills, and human interaction, a Future of hope and possibility. Balancing work and study is a difficult task. Yet, we seek to provide elements of Fun in all that we do so that joy and cheerfulness remain essential characteristics of who we are throughout our school environment.

Be Who You Are and Be It Well.

- St. Francis De Sales

Don Bosco Cristo Rey Standards

As a Cristo Rey Network model school, we shall also meet the following standards:

  • Is explicitly Catholic in mission and enjoys Church approval.
  • Serves only economically disadvantaged students. The school is open to students of various faiths and cultures.
  • Is family-centered and plays an active role in the local community.
  • Shall prepare all its students to enter and graduate from college.
  • Requires participation by all students in the work-study program. All students must be 14 years by September 15th
  • Integrates the learning in its work program, classroom, and extracurricular experiences for the fullest benefit of its student workers. 
  • Has an effective administrative and board structure and complies with all applicable state and federal laws.
  • Is financially sound, and at complete enrollment, the school primarily depends on revenue from the work-study program to meet operating expenses. In addition, the school maintains a comprehensive advancement program to ensure financial stability.
  • Supports its graduates’ efforts to obtain a college degree.
  • Is an active participant in the collaboration, support, and development of the Cristo Rey Network.

Open To All

At Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, we respect all faith traditions as we teach, model, and celebrate our Catholic Heritage. This faith-based education emphasizing character building will help students realize their value and potential as individual creatures of God. Furthermore, Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School is open to all. It does not discriminate based on race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or age, in accordance with the law.

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