"We've been a boarding schl, lower economic, single parent children since 1848."
Students enrolled 330
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader President Clarence D. Armbrister
Transportation options Yes
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2101 S College Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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(215) 787-2621
(215) 787-4402
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5 stars
Based on 18 ratings

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July 01, 2014
Girard is a pretty great place. But it has gone downhill from let's say about 5-6 years ago. It's currently having financial problems and may or may not be cutting high school, and it's residential program, which was Girard College's main point. I have been in Girard for 7 years, starting from first grade, and I have to say, they were the best years I have ever had. The teachers are good, they actually care, and they will do anything they can to help you out. Though Girard used to be a great place, I can't really say much about now. They have dropped a lot of teachers, and students are leaving. But I know Girard will get back up on it's feet soon and will soon be back to the state it used to be in.

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2013
I've been attending Girard since 4th grade and since then I've developed such a strong bond for the school and people there. At girard there are many staffs and faculty who truly cares about the kids and they go out their ways to help us achieve. I absolutely love the place and consider it my second home. I wish I could graduate from girard but due to our financial issue that dream seems impossible :(

- submitted by a community member
July 13, 2012
I currently am a student at Girard College and I think it is the best school in Philadelphia.

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2012
There is ONLY ONE, Hail Girard! There is NO such school in the entire world to my knowledge. It is NOT just one of the many and SHOULD NOT be placed among and compared to all other kinds of private schools, I really mean it!

- submitted by a teacher
June 01, 2012
I have two brother and a child that have gone or are attending now. Wonderful school!!!!!In elementary School Every child take French, Spanish and takes piano. My daughter has stomped me with her homework wowed me with her writing and made me cry with the moving Spring and Winter concerts, plays and Community service. I hate not having her with us every day but its more that worth it for the education that she s getting. And both of those brothers that I talked about Graduated and got in to exceptional Colleges!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2011
The weekend program was terminated school year 2010-2011 indefinately. The school has been scaling back on enrollment and staff due to the economy. Check out the Philadelphia board of city trust web site for up to date information regarding plans for student enrollment and the management of the school. They have started a really neat nutrition program for healthy eating. However, there are some kinks that need to be worked out. The staff to student ratio is great in the elementary school. One major draw back is the lack of foreign language in the elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
They provide a full scholarship to all students. All students come from family's with one parent and financial need.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
Academics: Exellent Extra Curriculars: PE, Music, Choir, Yearbook, Tech Crew, Student Council, Super Troopers, Band, Dance, Drama, Acting, Science, Art, Computers, Libaray, Musicals, Plays, Talent Shows, Pagents, Fashion Shows Concerts, basketball team, soccer team, French class, Spanish class (Get to travel to Spain and France when your in 11th grade), flag football, football team, mentors program, trips and ETC

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Girard is a wonderful school, that cares about their students. They have high standards for their students and expectation for them.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
Girard is a very good school if your looking to finish school and if you live long distance like in NY the school has a weekend program so child can stay until it time for a holiday

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2008
i have 2 children that are currently enrolled at Girard they both are honor students this is philadelphia's best kept secret for single parents trying to get ahead.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
Girard has been a great experience for my daughter. While she has attended Girard she has supervision before and after school. This year they have provided more activities for my daughter. Due to my child attending Girard I have completed my bachelors degree. I am no longer low income and she still has a full scholarship.I know without this school it would have been very hard to care for my daughter and attend school full-time.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 26, 2006
My child attended Girard College for 4 years. For the most part, it was a great experience. There were, however, a number of faculty who seemed to care very little about the overall educational experience of the children. Being that this is in fact a boarding school for low income children of single parent homes, it seems that staff would keep these issues in mind and work hareder to help the youth when they encounter set-backs. Unfortunately, scholarships are pulled when student grades suffer - many caused by the very same issues required for enrollment (low income, single parent households).

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2005
This is a wonderful school.Girard provides a safe and nurturing enviroment for my child. Both the educational and residential staff do an outstanding job. My child is well rounded and outgoing. He gets excellent grades and is looking forward to one day going to the college of his choice. I strongly recommend this school for future students and parents that want the best education available.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 23, 2004
Girard is not just a school it is an experience. My children have learned to set high standards and reach for the stars.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
I really believe that if you are able to get your child into this school, then you should allow them to stay until the end. This is a very good school to send your child to, the staff is respectable and very caring. You don't have to worry at night about the safety of your child.

- submitted by a parent
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Students who apply to Girard College must come from single-parent families with a certain lower economic status. Once accepted, all of our students receive FULL scholarships for their years here. Our students are college-bound and must be average or above academically.

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Girard College
2101 S College Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19121
(215) 787-2621
Last modified Girard College is a Private school that serves grades 1-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Girard College Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews.