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PK, 9-12
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Philadelphia, PA

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1400 West Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141

(215) 276-5258
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November 17, 2013
I am a graduate of 241& very proud ! This school has taught me so much. The teachers supportive in everyway possible. My education I received was top notch. I am so happy that I made the decision to attend ghs during the application process in eighth grade. Not to mention I made so many new friends. That have became some of my closest friends today. Girls high was nothing but the best high school experience. I do remember the three buses that I had to take me to and from school daily but well worth the travel.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2013
Girls' High is a wonderful place. So far I'm a sophomore and I love it! The school is very diverse; in all my classes I have people of cultures that are different from mine. From that I've learned so much! There are so many different clubs to choose from too! Sometimes I stress a little just trying to choose. And the are on point. All my teachers push the students to step out of their comfort zone and challenge us to try something new and to be our best. It's a bit wired but my friends and I compete with one another for better grades. Great choice for a school.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2013
This school continues to seek out the best Philadelphia has to offer from the female student!!! All students are expected to reach higher and exceed expectation. here is little, if any, room to slack off. The staff is supportive of each student's needs, yet is not willng to seek a compromise on things expected.

- submitted by a teacher
March 17, 2013
Girls High is still a great institution for young women who plan to go to college post high school. Yes it has had some episodes of violence,but the administration handled it very diplomatically and followed proper procedures. The school is 65% African American 15% Latina,15% Asian and 5% and for an inner city public magnet school, I would say based on the population of the city this is quite diverse. Why do people feel that having a high percentage of African American young people striving for success is such a bad thing? Karen S. Dawson-Haines Concerned and Proactive Parent

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
Girls High has going down dramatically, they now accept any and everyone. The violence is out of control. most of the kids are black, so it is not diverse. and a lot of the teachers stoop down to the kids level, and are unorganized.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2012
If anyone wants to come to this school please don't it is not as good as it sounds the teachers teach way too fast and then they give you tests the very next day and if you fail that test your grades go down in Spanish class I got an F and I already know Spanish they do nothing but mess your good records up and also the school is not as diverse because they are all mostly African american. Anyway please don't come here I wish I've never came here.

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2012
Girls High has given me such pride and joy:) I love the sisterhood and also the challange that Girls High has given me:) I have had the opportunity to be taught by wonderful and highly experienced teachers, including the awesome art teacher:) It has been a pleasure being his student:) From him I learned discipline, hard work, determination, and accepting strict crisicism:) I would like to say thanks to all of my girls high sisters and teachers for making the four years of high school a blast for me:) I will always be a girls high girl and will definently visit for many of the fun events that Girls High provide, such as Songs of the Season, Country Fair, Career Day, Contest, and Move Up Day:)

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2012
Choosing Girls' High was the first major life decision I ever made. I have yet to make a better one. There are so many different programs, for whatever your interest may be. Your success is only limited by your desire; when you graduate, you will be well-prepared to further your education. I would recommend this school to any young lady who aspires to lead.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2011
Girls High is a great school becasue it is a college prep school. Don't go if you aren't prepared to work. Someone complained about test and quizes being 70% of your grade. If you do your work and study then you will pass. This concept really prepares you for college because that is how college works (the purpose of this school). In college it can be worse than 70%. Some times you only have 3 test and that average plus attendance is your grade. I personally challenged myself and took AP classes. Not only did I take harder classes but I also played multiple instruments and a sport in every season and graduated with a 3.97 GPA. You just have to actually do your work. This isn't a school where u can just ease through. On top of preparing you for college it has many tradtions and activities that other schools do not have. This allows Girls High to be a wonderful and memorable experience. Almost every woman in my family has graduated from Girls High and I plan on passing on this tradition to my own kids one day. - a graduate of GHS

- submitted by a student
June 23, 2011
Going Girls high was the greatest experience of my life...coming from a low income African American community I was amazed at all the different races and cultures I was introduced to...the school gave me a great education as well as a place to call home...the teachers were amazing and the girls were as well....anyone lucky enough to be accepted should be grateful!!

- submitted by a student
May 19, 2011
I hope to send my grand daughters there one day. As a graduate of Girls' High School, I can only brag of it's great concepts and concerns for educating young women.

- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2011
I have a bittersweet opinion on GHS. If you're a slacker, I wouldn't recommended this school at all. Most of the teachers cannot teach clearly, or are very unorganized. The grading system SUCKS. Tests and quizzes count as 70% percent of your grade. If you fail one tiny little quiz, it'll bring your grade down traumatically. It's very hard not to be stressed out at GHS. When I first got to orientation they made it seem like a good school, but it's not as good as it sounds. It's an "okay" school.. The only thing keeping me at GHS are my parents and friends.. If I had a choice to transfer I would.

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2011
school's difficulty is ok unless you join the IB program or take AP classes, it is not a bad school but diversity would help a bit. Girls high is not as diverse as it sounds but other than that it is an ok school.

- submitted by a community member
January 12, 2011
I am only a Freshman at Girls High, and at first i had my doubts about coming here. When I arrived and saw how warm the teachers are, and how willingly they are to help you when you need help; i knew that this was the school for me. The principal ,and I don't affiliate as much as i would like to; however, i am not complaning since I see her through the halls, cafeteria, and classrooms; i think our face to face contact has been fulfilled. The teachers at Girls high as so open to conversation; my African American History teacher welcomes us into her class everyday saying " thank you for coming to school today, thank you for coming to class today; and as always my pleasure. The teachers always tell you that they are hear if you ever need t o talk; i think that is something that should be in every school. I have always been a student who loves to strive for good grades; and attending Girls High allows me to acheive this striving goal. The academics at girls high are very rigorous, even though we don't have many AP classes; they do provide us with IB classes, which are much harder ( so i've heard). The academics, teachers, school is all wonderful; and i am proud to be aprt of it

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2010
Please dont listen to all the rumors if I did my daughter would not be at Girls high today, this is a great schoool, it reminds me of a private school that is free, so much extra activities,. Girls high has great teachers it is up to the kids to make use of this and more parent involvement is needed. My daughter did not want to go here because of all the rumors but now she loves it her grades are very good and all she talks about is college, it is really a college prep school as they focus on colleges as early as freshman year, the new principal is great and as always there is always going to be kids out of controll but with help from parents they should be good. My daughter is so focused and i am so happy i choose Girls high..

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
the school is not what it once was. the teaching staff is excellent for the most part. There is a lot of extra activities. Safety is excellent. Discipline is unevenly dealth with. The Principal Leadership is terrible. She has taken away Traditions and her demeanor to parents and also students is terrible for a Principal, She is rude and talks down to many of them.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2010
It's a good school but some of the students in there have bad attitudes and constantly bully underclassmen,

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February 22, 2010
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October 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
I love that Girls' High has maintained all of their traditions, and still has excellent academics.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
This is one of the best schools a girl can hope to attend. An excellent, supportive staff is there for every girl's needs and the educational opportunities are endless. I am so proud that my child attends this school and would recommend every parent consider Girl's High as the place to send their daughter. Gwendolyn M. Goldwire

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Best experience! So much school spirit, support, and love. Staff truly cared and helped out when needed. School events were fun. Felt very prepared for colege when I ggraduated.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
There really is an intangible spirit. Great faculty and staff and great girls. It's a place where a girl can happily and comfortably blossom into a young woman, while getting a great education. I was super prepared for college and for life. Thanks GHS!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 18, 2009
Girls High, is an institution that provides young women with the opportunity to gain a great H.S. education without having to worry about the pressures of boys. It cultivates young women to be leaders and to have a voice. Women are encouraged to excel in all aspects of their lives, from education to extra- curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I loved my whole school experience at Girls' High. Graduating from there gave me a sense of pride like no other. Girls' High gave me an opportunity to meet a diverse group of people from all over the city. I also left with great memories from all of the events. I wouldn't change it for the world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Girls High School is an amazing palce to learn and grow. The teachers become your best friends, and you are surrounded by women so very quickly become your sisters. Once you are apart of the GHS family, you never leave and you always have that support system to catch you when you fall.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
I graduated from Girls High 5 years and it was such a great school. If you are looking for an excellent well-rounded education, Girls' High is THE school!

- submitted by a community member
July 19, 2009
i'm an rising senior and i think for educational purposes i would recommend this school to any one, i have never felt so prepared to go to the next level in life.yet, if you think yu cant handle the pressure of constant homework, projects, major papers all year round, which sadly includes the summer, i do not recommend this school. it's extremely challanging with all classes being advanced and up but it's all worth it in the end. i have 23.25 credits and 23.5 is whats needed to graduate and i really only need to take one class to graduate. at girls high they still require you to obtain more knowlegde than needed to further advance you in life. so, that means no matter how many credits obtain, you still have to take the required 7 classes.and about the consuelors,they are great. they care,it's the student who needs to care more.

- submitted by a student
July 13, 2009
Girls High is a wonderful college prepratory school. I am now entering my second year at Girls and the environment is welcoming and helpful. There are many after school acticities available to all students and most of the staff is helpful and inviting. Although the new principle has changed alot about the school, it is still fun and challenging. I would recommend it to a young female who is serious about her future and ready to do alot of work.

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May 07, 2009
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March 18, 2009
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February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating December 07, 2008
girls high is excellent school and I recommend it to anyone...as a current student for the last 2 almost 3 years I know the environment and the overview of the teachers and principal and vice- principals. Girls high academically is a great college prepatorial school. The enivonment of the school as of the kids are very friendly and sometimes its hard being all females their are many emotions, but I would not say it is starting to become just like a regular public school. And yes some of the girls in the school are struggling some more than others but there is indeed great help in our school. And I feel that a new student cant judge a school from the first couple weeks of attending it...being as though we are in the process of a great transformation with our new principal. You just have to give it some time.

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November 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 10, 2008
We were very proud when our daughter was accepted here, but she has been struggling and the counselors don't seem to want to be bothered. So sad

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October 02, 2008
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August 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 05, 2008
This is a great school for young women who are trying to figure themselves out. The overall view of the school is changing it is slowly becoming a regular public school without boys.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2007
When it comes to education Girls High is #1. For the past four years i have gained knowledge on topics that my peers at other schools don't know. Yes this is a good school if you put your all into what you are learning.

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August 24, 2007
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August 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
School for girls is an awesome school for girls to learnand more girls sports too it's a great school for girls.

- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2007
As a Girls High Girl, well now graduate, I can honestly say that attending such a great school like GHS has further me in so many more ways then I could have ever imagined! I am currently a student at WCU and too am on the Deans List there. Many of my college classmates that came from Philadelphia, have struggled to get through their first year, but for me, I felt I was fully prepared for college! Girls High is a great place for any girl to go and receive an education, but it's all about an individuals self-determination.

- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2007
Girls High is an excellent school, my daughter graduated from there in 2004 and has been on the deans list at Howard University for the last 2 years. She left Girls High prepared for college, and I thank the staff that was there during her 3 years at this wonderful institution of learning. May all the Girls that graduate from Girls High continue their success in life that Girls have prepared you for.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2007
Girls High is a wonderful school full of tremendous opportunities for girls. They have an outstanding academic, sports, and over all self growth history and any child that goes there is assure to have a wonderful and broadened future

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
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- submitted by a student
November 26, 2006
Okay but not great. The quality of education at Girls is better than at most Philadelphia public high schools but lags far behind Masterman and Central. My daughter is a graduate and went on to complete an Ivy League undergraduate degree. She often complained about not being adequately prepared for a highly competitive college. Per her, the education here will take you through Temple, but you'd struggle at Penn. The school is underfunded. Many of the textbooks at the time of my daughter's attendance were over 20 years old. Teacher quality widely varied. The school's strengthes are diversity and its traditions.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
Philadelphia High School for Girls provides young ladies an environment will they will grow academically and socially. There is a community within those walls that buzzez with high self-esteem and happiness. The number of etra-curricular activities surpasses many other schools in that district and that too helps to build the esteem within the learning environment. Graduates of Girls' High return to the school year after year to show current students that the 'Intangible Spirit' lives on. An all around Great School, Philadelphia High School for Girls' will build your daughter into the woman you want her to be.

- submitted by a former student
September 24, 2006
Girls High is the premier high school in the city of Philadelphia, second only to Central. They continue to seek academically talented young women and maintain their standard of academic excellence, by offering a challenging college preparatory curriculum. In addition to academics, they offer the ability to play and excel in competitive sports, such as tennis, softball, basketball & field hockey to name a few. My daughter is a current freshman, 254, and I am looking forward to becoming actively involved in the PTDA, as they welcome and encourage parent support. It's good to know the faculty is willing to work with the parents, to ensure the student's success.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
I think Girls High is a very good school. It challebges the girls to think of things they never thought of. I am a senior there and Girls High has really helped me think of ways to accomplish something without quiting. The teacher there really get along with the students and they are very helpful when questions are asked. Girls High has a tremendous amount of sports and activities. We have it all and the teachers that sponser these clubs are very very nice and cooperative. I think that girls high is the school to go to. Also parents have a big part in our learning and participation. They hold charities that we become part of and they help the teachers when help is needed.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2005
I like it very much. The school is very interesting and you can learn alot from it. My daughter was a former student there and she excelled greatly. She was on the honor roll many times, she had excellent teachers working with her, and the school had an over all great staff.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
I attend Girl's High and I think that it is an excellent place to get an education!

- submitted by a student
June 27, 2005
The School is very interactive. I don't think that it is much different from other area schools. As a former student, I will say that the sisterhood at this school is awesome, but academiccally and socially it is on the same level as many of the other area High Schools.

- submitted by a former student
September 15, 2004
As a recent graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls (248)(class of 2004) I can honestly say that this school has prepared me for college, as well as life. Values taught here are not taught anywhere else. If you are a prospective student/parent I highly encourage you to attend this school. The teachers and principle are very dedicated. Most of all your voice will be heard and your opinion does matter here. So take it from me, when you graduate and you tell people that you have graduated from Girls High you get respect from employers and college professors.

- submitted by a former student
September 13, 2004
Girls Hgih School isn't all that it is cracked up to be. They provide great opportunities for the students but are very disorganized. I think Girls High is above alot of schools but it would be a lie to say that they are competing with Masterman. The American History textbook that the 11th graders use is for the 8th graders at Masterman.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2004
I am a former member of the class of 246. One of the best attributes that Girls High offers allowed myself to attend college for art. Ever year the school selects an art student with high grades in all fields, who plans on majoring in art (any field-design or fine arts) in college they receive the Louisa England scholarship that pays for all tuition and art supplies to the college of her choice. I am currently a junior at the Moore College of Art, and had I not been given this amazing award from school, I either would not have been able to afford Moore, or by now been at the very least $50,000 not including the art supplies (which can be extremely high). Girls High is also great for learning and allowing young women a chance to have a voice and speak up and demand respect and everyone's attention.

- submitted by a former student
April 18, 2004
I am a graduate of Girls High. I can only believe that any success I have had in life is because of my schooling at Girls High. The friends and memories you develop are for a lifetime. The education you recieve is beyond compare and the foundation of your future success in school and in life.

- submitted by a former student
February 19, 2004
I'm a graduate of Girls' High (238!) and can't imagine having attended any other school. I honestly do not believe that I would be the same person I am today without the excellent environment GHS provided for me. If you want your female child to succeed in an academic environment that is challenging, caring and character-building, look no further. College was a breeze for me, honestly, compared to high school because the faculty ensures that you're prepared to face real life.

- submitted by a former student
February 01, 2004
I am a graduate of Girls' High (Class of 2003, 247) and I am so proud to have been a Girls' High girl. Girls' High has definitely prepared me for college and as much as I complained about my course load while in high school, I appreciate it now that I am in college. I definitely recommend every young girl to attend Girls' High because she'll experience an experience that is like no other. I would not have gone to any other high school and I'm very proud to have attended such a wonderful high school.

- submitted by a former student
January 05, 2004
This is my daughter's freshman year at this school and to my surprise, she loves it. My daughter is not a person who surrounds herself with a lot of girls. She feels that girls are way too chatty. I love the Big Sister program that the school offers to the newcomers, which broke her out of her shell. She comfortable being in school and around many girls.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2003
I am a former graduate of Girl's High (240). The 'Intangible Spirit' of this school gives girls a chance to really blossom and become themselves. I should know. I was a quiet, shy little girl when I fist stepped into the halls of girls high and am now a woman capable of handling any problem life throws my way. I would not be who I am without Girls High. If I still lived in the area and had a daughter I would want her to go there.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
I'm not a parent, I'm a current student there at GHS (250!) and I think our school has great potential for sending us off to college, I mean look at our graduation rate...It's very high. I used to hate going to school everyday until I came here. At GHS you always feel welcomed and it's a very happy place to be.

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August 10, 2003
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Girls High School
1400 West Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19141
(215) 276-5258
Last modified Girls High School is a Public school that serves grades PK, 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Girls High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top