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Application Process

Incoming Freshman-Class of 2028

1. Apply:

Pick up an application at our campus or online. A non-refundable application fee of $20 should accompany the application form. Stay connected throughout the process. Help is available; call to make an appointment.

2. Submit documents with the application via email or to Cristo Rey

  • Student's birth certificate
  • Student’s immunization records
  • Financial Aid Form completed, with a copy of last year’s tax returns and W2’s and/or income information.
  • Submit a picture of the student applying
  • Submit an essay


  • 7th & 8th Grade Transcripts
  • 7th-grade standardized test scores
  • Three recommendation forms
    • School Administrator, Math Teacher, and English Teacher
  • Attendance report
  • Student behavior report
  • IEP/504, if applicable

Be at least 14 years old by September 1st.
(Late Sept./Oct./ Nov. Students will be placed on a waiting list)

3. Placement Test

It will be held on campus on January 20, 2024, or March 9, 2024, from 9 am-12 pm.

4. Student & Parent Interview

Students and parents/guardians will be interviewed. Times are scheduled after the completion of the placement test. They will be on February 3, 2024, and March 23, 2024.

5. Admission Status

Notification is given after the Student & Parent Interview is completed and the student is assessed.

Please contact Karla Barbosa, Admissions Director, with any questions or for more information at or (916) 400-3478.

Book time to chat about Admissions!

Eligibility for Admissions

Academic Criteria

Cristo Rey High School Sacramento considers various factors during the application process.

  • Good discipline and attendance record
  • GPA 2.5 or better
  • Openness to religious growth- Our Catholic faith guides our curriculum and practices. While it is not a requirement to be Catholic to attend, students should be open to faith-based education.
  • Motivation and Maturity

Financial Aid / Income

Because of our mission, the student's family must be financially eligible. A copy of the most recent tax return (2022 or 2023), W-2, or any state/federal aid documents must be submitted. If you do not file taxes, you must submit an employment letter and any aid document to show all income earned in the last calendar year. No family is turned away because of financial need but you must qualify under our network guidelines to attend. Please see the graph below to determine if you qualify.

Contact the Admissions Office if you would like more information or have any questions.

Family sizeIncome Cap
Based on 2022 or 2023 Taxes
1$ 43,740
2$ 59,160
3$ 74,580
4$ 90,000
5$ 105,420
6$ 120,840
7$ 136,260
8$ 151,680
9$ 167,100
10$ 182,520

Work Study Employability

  • Students must be 14 years old by September 1st, 2024  (Late /Oct./ Nov. Students will be placed on a waiting list)
  • Have legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • Students must commit to working five full days a month.

Apply Now!

Welcome prospective Cristo Rey families. You can now apply online by following the steps below. 

We have the application forms available to be downloaded at the bottom of the page for your preference. Or you can call our office at 916-400-3478 and request an application. Thank you

Step 1 -Application


Step 2 - Student essay


Step 3 - Supporting documents


Step 4 - Letters of recommendations


Step 5- Placement Test & Interviews Registration


Step 6- Financial Aid

Financial Aid Form     Solicitud de Ayuda Financiera

English-Application for Admission.pdf


Admission Essay

Curriculum Guide.pdf

English Teacher Recommendation.pdf

Math Teacher Recommendation.pdf

School Administrator Recommendation.pdf

Placement Test & Interview Registration

Record Request.pdf

Shadow Day Information.pdf

Shadow Day Permission

Work Study Partners List 22.23-updated 9.2022.pdf