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What is San Miguel High School?

San Miguel High School is a unique Arizona high school that provides an affordable, Catholic, college preparatory education to students from low-income families in Southern Arizona.
San Miguel is one of 35 schools in the Cristo Rey Network nationwide, which has a total network enrollment of over 12,000 students.
San Miguel students complete a challenging traditional curriculum focusing on core academic subjects. A complementary program in the arts, athletics, service, and spiritual formation is offered.
All students also participate in the Corporate Work Study Program, working one day per week in an entry level professional internship to gain valuable professional skills and earn a portion of their tuition.

How long has San Miguel existed and what is its mission?

San Miguel opened in 2004 following a two year feasibility study.
To date, San Miguel has graduated twelve classes totaling 699 students. All graduates have been accepted to college.

Our mission is: San Miguel a Catholic, Lasallian learning community empowers youth from underserved families through the integration of Christian values, rigorous academics and practical work experience, educating the whole student for college, career and a fulfilling life. Click here to learn more.

Who are San Miguel High School students?

San Miguel students live throughout Pima County and are from a variety of faith traditions.
San Miguel students spend five days per month in a work-study program where they help contribute to the cost of their education.

San Miguel students have significant economic need: more than 80% qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. 

The average yearly income of San Miguel families is approximately $34,000.

How many San Miguel students are there?

Currently, we have 369 students.  

How can students work and go to school?

Since every student participates in the Corporate Work Study Program, the academic curriculum is tailored around the students’ schedules. Students do not miss any academics on their workday. Students are placed into teams of four, working one day each week with rotating Fridays and attending school for four extended days each week.


Do students pay tuition to attend San Miguel High School cost?


The Corporate Work Study Program supports 40% of the costs of each student's education. Families are responsible for paying a portion of tuition annually, based upon the family's financial situation, which is the balance of educational costs not covered by income from the students' work-study positions and scholarships donated by generous individuals, families, and foundations. Assistance with this family contribution is available.


How are students admitted to San Miguel High School?

San Miguel seeks students who demonstrate employ-ability, motivation, and academic potential. Prospective students' families can learn more about our Admissions Department here, or by calling (520) 294-6403 x1200.

Where do San Miguel students work?

Over 90 companies in Pima County have hired students to fill real jobs through the Corporate Work Study Program. Corporate sponsors include law firms, financial and insurance companies, colleges, hospitals, non-profits, and banks.