As part of WGBH's 30 Issues in 30 Days coverage on education funding, Boston Public Radio looked at a school in Lawrence whose students are beating the odds.

At the Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, a work-study program enables students to earn their tuition by working in entry-level professional positions. In a city like Lawrence, one of the poorest cities in the state with one of the worst graduation rates, the success of the Cristo Rey school is staggering. The school boasts a graduation rate that nears 90 percent, and among those graduates, nearly all of them go on to 4-year universities.


Fred Gilfeather: director of business development for the professional work-study program at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, Mass.