Private school for low-income children planned

A Catholic high school for economically disadvantaged students plans to open on Atlanta’s west side in fall 2014.

Cristo Rey Atlanta High School intends to offer low tuition rates and send nearly all of its graduates to college, said Bill Garrett, the school’s president-elect.

Students will be required to work five days monthly in entry-level jobs to help finance their tuition, which averages about $1,000 a year at existing Cristo Rey schools across the country, Garrett said.

Enrollment will be limited to children from families with low incomes — below $35,000 for a family of four.

The school intends to initially enroll about 125 freshmen and build toward a 500-student population.

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