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Posted 04/19/2017 03:27PM


The College Scholarship application is available online now.

Graduates of Girard College who are in college now or who are returning to college should apply for scholarship funds as soon as possible.

The application is due May 15.

Even if you have been awarded scholarship funds in the past, you must reapply every year.

If you have questions or concerns, contact Tony Askew at Girard College.



Posted 03/06/2017 09:51AM


On Thursday afternoon, March 23, the Girard College Cavaliers earned second place in the PIAA Class A state basketball competition! The team lost a hard-fought game vs Kennedy Catholic 73-56 in the Giant Center, Hershey, Pa.

This second-place state ranking was the conclusion to an excellent season for a team that was not ranked at all last year.  The Cavaliers' 2016-17 season record was 24-9, they came out on top in the Penn-Jersey League and in District 1, and they made it to states for the first time since 2009.

The team is young: the starting five are juniors, sophomores and one freshman. We will see much more from this talented bunch in the future.

Go Cavs! Hail Girard!

Read more about state championship game here ...

Read philly.com article about freshman Aquil Stewart, "small but contributes big" ...

Top: 2016-17 Team Photo; Bottom: Girard coaching team gathers with head coach Clyde Jones, holding the state trophy.

Posted 02/14/2017 11:31AM


On March 11, Girard sophomore and super-sprinter Thelma Davies competed at the national indoor track meet in New York, placing third in the 60m race. This event brought together the top runners in the U.S., and Davies proudly took her place on the medal stand.

Davies has has quite a season! She ran the 55-meter race in 6.82 seconds at the Millrose Games (NY) on Saturday, February 11, 2017, breaking the previous record and earning first place status in the USA.

On Saturday, February 25, she placed first in BOTH of her events at the state indoor competition. She ran the 60-meter race in 7.38 seconds and ran the 200-meter race in 24.04 seconds.

WATCH THE TV-3 NEWS STORY about Thelma here ...

Earlier this season, Davies dominated the Hispanic Games held January 7, also in New York. Click here to watch the interview with PA MileSplit aired immediately after those races.

And on Saturday February 17, she placed first in the 60-meter with a time of 7.743, running at the DVGTCA (Delaware Valley Girls Track Coaches Association) meet at Lehigh University.

Davies success is part of a Girard College tradition of competitiveness in track. She is coached by alumnus Diamond Woolford, class of 1999, who excelled in track when he was a Girard student.





Posted 01/31/2017 09:00AM

Girard Alumnus Featured in Philly.com Series

Girard College alumnus Abu Fofanah '11 was selected to appear as the first in a series of Black History Month features for the online arm of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

Journalist Sofiyah Ballin describes the series: "For Black History Month, we're exploring history and identity through the lens of joy. Black joy is the ability to love and celebrate black people and culture, despite the world dictating otherwise. Black joy is liberation."

Chosen because of his success as a young entrepreneur, Fofanah cites experiences with a mentor group at Girard College where black professionals inspired him to develop confidence in himself.

"While I was there (Girard College)," Fofanah says, "I was a part of a program called Alpha Boulé. It is a program for black men who were in the community to lead by example."

"A lot of us had never seen successful black men who weren’t on TV or an athlete," he said. "They made it a point to show that you could be successful and help other people who look like you on the way."

Read more ...

Posted 01/16/2017 11:34AM


On Wednesday, January 11, five Girard College students were inducted into the National Honor Society.

They are Tiffany B., Tahji E., Stanton H., Zimira J. and Reggie M. Remiah H., inducted last year, welcomed the new members into the NHS in a ceremony held in the Chapel. Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmot, Vice President for Health and Health Equity at Drexel University, served as the speaker, encouraging the students to practice the five P's: passion, perseverance, partner, power and prayer.

The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Pictured above, left to right are: Jackson, Hughes, Hare, Morgan, Bass and Ellison.

Posted 11/21/2016 10:36AM


All students in both third grades participated in a geography exercise using Skype, a video-calling application used around the world.

Girard teachers Kara Freeman and Rebekah Weeks made a connection with another school, and the students in both schools asked questions aimed at determing the other school's geographic location. Skype allows each group to display the image of the other students and to hear them speak.

The students referred to global maps and jotted questions on notepads, conferring as a group before posing their questions, such as:

"Are you north of the equator?"

"Are you in the Eastern part of the continent?"

A cheer went up in the room when Girard students correctly guessed Columbia, South America. But their work was not done. Zeroing in on landmarks such as rivers and mountains, the students had to identify the city: Manizales, Columbia.

Good job, Girard students!

TOP CAPTION: The large screen displays the "other" classroom and students as Girard third-graders work with maps and their teacher to create productive questions.

BOTTOM CAPTION: To control the tempo of questions, each classroom has a sign indicating the status of their thoughtful work.

Posted 11/21/2016 10:15AM


On November 10, several students attended a "Meet Philly" activity called "Night Skies" at the Franklin Institute’s observatory.

The students engaged in hands-on activities related to space, astronomy and cosmology. They visited the fourth- and fifth-floor observatories (note city skyline in background of photos) where they gazed at the craters on the moon, Albireo, Deneb and globular clusters in the constellation Pegasus.

Some students made LED night lights and viewed a model of the Pegasus constellation. The entire group attended a live presentation by Dr. Mark Devlin, professor in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Physics and Astrophysics, regarding the Balloon-Borne Large-Aperture Sub-Millimeter telescope. They also met Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute, who spoke with the students about the beginning stages of his exploration in astronomy.

Students at Girard College frequently take advantage of their proximity to art museums, the Free Library, the Franklin Institute and many other educational institutions in Philadelphia.

Posted 11/21/2016 10:02AM


Girard College promotes a college-bound culture.

On November 15, all juniors and seniors traveled to the Malcolm Bernard College Fair in Camden, N.J. There were over 40 Historically Black Colleges and Universities represented, and the admission officers were on hand evaluating our students and offering admission decisions on the spot.

Year after year, the enrollment rate for Girard College seniors remains consistent at 98%, and our retention rate (the rate of students who stay in college after enrolling) regularly surpasses the national average for first-generation college students.

In 2015-16, Girard College boasted an "84% college acceptance rate." That means that our students are being offered admission to the overwhelming majority of the schools to which they apply. This statistic points to excellent advising.



Posted 10/27/2016 11:05AM


On October 20, members of the Girard College World Affairs Council attended the International Career Night sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, where they discussed career and academic choices with Philadelphia-area professionals in a range of fields including government, science, law enforcement, education, business, journalism, volunteerism and international development.


When asked what they learned, Ebony W. (left) said, "I was strongly advised to study a global language."

Daryus W. (far left) said, "Before I went to this event, I knew I was interested in accounting or some other business field, but I was convinced that I could do that on an international level."

The Girard College World Affairs Council brings high school students to numerous workshops, lectures and other events that keep them informed about topics of global importance.
Posted 09/20/2016 03:06PM


Girard College enrollment rose to over 300 in September, up from 269 in the fall of 2015. Following three years of reductions in numbers of students and staff, the entire Girard College community has welcomed this news.

In January, the Board of Directors of City Trusts chose not to appeal the Orphans’ Court decision to deny the board’s recommendation to temporarily suspend the high school and the residential programs. This decision allowed school leaders to make plans for both areas with confidence and renewed energy.

Additionally, the school hired a Vice President of Enrollment Management and Institutional Advancement, Henry Fairfax, formerly Director of Admissions at The Haverford School.

Fairfax made some essential changes when he took the helm in November 2015. He updated the admissions process to align Girard College with other selective independent and private schools. Additionally, Fairfax developed partnerships with local organizations such as A Better Chance to create more sources of feeder programs.

In redesigning the admission process, Fairfax and the rest of his team identified three primary entry points; grades 1, 6 and 9. Focusing on these grades and adjusting the process and schedule have resulted in increased demand and higher selectivity; 302 students enrolled on September 6, of which 1/3 represent brand new families.

“Last year we had 414 applications, and in August of this year we had 819 applications,” said Fairfax. “Our process has become more selective because we have been more strategic and aggressive in our recruiting of mission-appropriate students, and we plan to continue to move in that direction.”

The Will of Stephen Girard directed that “at least 300 students were to be accommodated at the college” each year, and Fairfax aims to honor his legacy.

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