NDCR originated in Lawrence, MA and recently moved to a larger campus in Methuen, MA. The school provides students with a focused and goal-oriented learning environment with experience in a hands-on job training program. In addition to acquiring fundamental work skills, NDCR students complete high school and are well-prepared to pursue a college education. Each and every NDCR graduate has also received at least one acceptance to a four-year college. NDCR is a proven success story, one that provides many opportunities for our students to achieve their dreams.
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Extended day and extended year education1-to-14 teacher student ratio1-on-1 math and reading instruction and tutoring offeredAffordable tuition for all familiesChaperoned trips for students to visit nearby colleges
NDCR is part of the Cristo Rey Network, a national network of high schools that provide quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. The majority of our students is of Latino descent, and the median family income is $34,500 (average family size is four). Cristo Rey schools utilize a longer school day and year, academic assistance, and counseling to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a work study program through which they finance a portion of their education, gain real world job experience, and grow in self-confidence.
NDCR is the only nonprofit organization providing at-risk youth in the Lawrence area with a college preparatory education program that is combined with hands-on work experience. The Corporate Work Study Program is designed so that the school day and year are extended to compensate for the time students spend at work. Academically, students pursue a typical high school college preparatory curriculum with core subjects in mathematics, English, social studies, religion, computers and technology, biology, Spanish, chemistry, and physics. The academic program is continually assessed to ensure that students are challenged and well prepared for the demands of higher education.
Each year, students have internships at a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Merrimack Valley, Route 128/93 North Corridor, and Southern New Hampshire. The Corporate Work Study Partners provide services that range from legal, banking, health care, food and environmental industries to education and housing opportunities. Teams of students share a job on a rotating basis, allowing employers to receive needed services such as data entry, internet research, customer service, IT support, front desk reception, and other office work. NDCR also provides transportation to and from the job site to ensure that the students arrive on time and there is consistent attendance at the job placements. As a result of working in a business environment, where student employees are often mentored by their employer/co-worker, students acquire overall job experience, marketable skills and begin to build a professional resume. They also develop a network of business contacts, have exposure to a variety of career opportunities, and develop a strong work ethic.
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NDCR begins meeting with students in their freshman year to discuss and plan for their college experience. In addition to group class-wide meetings, we also facilitate periodic small group workshops aimed at covering various topics related to the college planning process. In addition, we hold several meetings for parents beginning with a brief introductory meeting for freshmen and their families to help understand the importance of college for their child. Specific college readiness activities for NDCR students in grades 9-12 include the following:
Students attend college fairs and workshops with college representatives on-site at NDCR;Students take day trips with NDCR staff to visit college campuses;Students’ families attend meetings (always translated into Spanish) to learn about college opportunities and costs;Students and families attend workshops which include college representative and guest speakers at local colleges;Students take the PSAT, ACT/SAT test in preparation for college entrance exams;NDCR staff assists students in identifying college scholarships, grants, and financial aid resources;NDCR staff assists students in preparing college application(s), financial aid, and scholarship forms; andFinancial aid nights are held in the winter with area financial aid experts to assist families with completing their FAFSA’s.
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