Ride and Shine Schools Award
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Operating in its first school year, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum integrated with a relevant work study experience at numerous Atlanta businesses, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life.
Not only is Cristo Rey’s learning curriculum impressive, but so is their commitment to reducing traffic congestion and air quality in and around their campus by promoting clean commute alternatives for their students and faculty. By selecting to open their Atlanta campus near the North Avenue MARTA Station, Cristo Rey makes it convenient to take public transit to school — and it further encourages transit use by offering subsidized MARTA passes to students and staff.
What makes Cristo Rey really shine, however, is the way they promote clean commuting behavior to their students on the days that they attend their work study programs. Of the 154 students that commute to corporate jobs, 59 of those students take MARTA on their scheduled day per week. Once a student has an assigned work study location, a dedicated Cristo Rey staff member will create a transportation plan that includes a transit pass at no cost to the student, and guidance on times and routes the student needs to know in order to show up to work on time.
This cultivation of “clean commuters” sets Cristo Rey High School apart. They’re training students to navigate the workforce as well as be good environmental stewards by utilizing alternative options to travel to school and to work.
Congratulations to Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School for winning one of the Georgia Commute Honors Ride and Shine Schools Awards!