Current Parents and Guardians
Welcome to Girard College's parent community!
We at Girard know that you have made a sometimes diffitcult and always life-changing decision to enroll your son or daughter at this unique institution. We recognize your commitment to your child's future, your strong belief in the value of an excellent education, and your willingness to make sacrifices. We applaud you!
It is our goal to create and maintain a longterm and positive relationship with our families to the betterment of our school and our students. Please look through this section of our Web site and take advantage of the opportunities offered to you. Don't miss the information about the Family Association (link on the left) of which you are already a member.
Parents Working With Schools/Schools Working With Parents
Girard College subscribes to the Principles of Good Practice as published by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The following is adapted from their guidelines and is consistent with the mission and core values of Girard.
Parents are expected to act responsibly and to support the goals of Girard. In addition to abiding by the major school rules outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook, all members of the Girard community are expected to treat each other with respect and courtesy. Racist, sexist, or any other defaming language or behavior is unacceptable.
Parents Working with Schools
• Parents recognize that effective partnerships are characterized by clearly defined responsibilities, a shared commitment to collaboration, open lines of communication, mutual respect, and a common vision of the goals to be reached.
• Parents are familiar with and support the philosophy and programs of the school.
• Parents provide a home environment that supports the development of positive learning attitudes and habits.
• Parents involve themselves in the life of the school by attending school events such as assemblies, conferences, back- to-school nights, and celebrations.
• When concerns arise, parents seek information directly from the school, consulting with those best able to address the concerns.
• Parents share with the school any religious, cultural, medical, or personal information such as change of address or phone number that the school may need to best serve the student.
Schools Working With Parents
• The school recognizes that effective partnerships are characterized by clearly defined responsibilities, a shared commitment to collaboration, open lines of communication, mutual respect, and a common vision of the goals to be reached.
• The school seeks and values the parents' perspective on the students.
• Teachers, residential advisors, and administrators are accessible to parents and model candid and open dialogue.
• The school keeps parents well informed through systematic reports, conferences, publications, and informal conversations.
• The school will provide a safe and nurturing environment.