Our school was established in Pleasant Grove because it is one of the most impoverished areas of our city and its youth are among the least likely to graduate from high school. 43.7% of the Pleasant Grove population over 25 did not graduate from high school, and only 4.4% of the population are college graduates. All Cristo Rey students come from families who live at or below the federal poverty level, have no other high school option that provides a tenable path to college. Without CRD, our students would not be able to attend a private college prep school. The cost of tuition for other college preparatory schools is unaffordable for our students and their families, even with assistance. Many of our students would have to attend public high schools, which cannot offer the rigor and wrap around services of CRD. Students within the Cristo Rey Network graduate from college at four times the rate of their economic peers and at the same rate as their peers from the highest income quartile. Our goal is to have all Cristo Rey Dallas students graduate from high school and college with the necessary skills and values to allow them to be successful in life thus ending the cycle of poverty for themselves, their families and their communities.