From the outside, Providence Cristo Rey High School looks like a school that’s struggling.
Located just south of Haughville, in one of Indianapolis’ poorest neighborhoods, the 107-year-old brick building wears its age, with the white trim flecked by paint chips. There is no grand sign announcing the presence of the school, only a jammed parking lot.
Inside, more than 90 percent of the students are minorities and more than 90 percent come from families with incomes low enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The private Catholic high school receives an average of just $253 per student in tuition.
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