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St Gabriel School

Private | PK-8 | 201 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $260,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

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Posted July 26, 2013

Awesome teachers and staff. The have the best interest of the kids at heart. They truly care. My son has been in the school for three years. Great curriculum. Absolutely love it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 1, 2012

South Philadelphia is lucky to have such a great school! The principal is caring and involved and the teachers are too! Everyone has the students' best interest at heart and it is quite evident. The school is using technology and computers which is imperative for children. Classrooms are equipt with smartboards and computers that will help the students thrive after leaving Saint Gabriel's. The school offers afterschool activities, such as sports, cooking and an after care program.

Posted May 12, 2010

because you can get a quality education from a very caring teaching staff in a secure environment

Posted May 12, 2010

For the past 32 years, my life has been blessed and enriched by teaching at St. Gabriel School. A dedicated, qualified faculty, a faith-based curriculum, an active alumni association and a supportive family atmosphere makes each day for our children a positive experience on their educational journey. We continue to help our children 'Live the Dream' each day here in St. Gabriel School! Visit our website - or schedule a tour of our school to see just how special we really are.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 10, 2010

I love St. Gabriel's School because I went there years ago and the Sister, Priest and Teacher were Great with us and cared for all the students. My two daughters went there and we all received good educations there and it still continues to have great standards and pride for everyone in the neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2010

It is a place were children feel safe.
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Posted May 5, 2010

Teachers are dedicated and create a family atmosphere.
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Posted May 4, 2010

St Gabes is more than a school. Its like a second family for my children. All of the teachers take the time to get to know the children and they are partners with the parents. We all want the best for our children there. The faculty and staff at St Gabes challenges the children to be great. They expose them to the arts, culture, differing viewpoints and without question an extraordinary education.The coursework is rigorous but all the children are provided with everything that they need to succeed. Im Catholic so I appreciate that my children are also taught to walk in the light of my faith on a daily basis but i also appreciate that St Gabes is so diverse and inclusive and prides themselves on producing good human beings not just good students. My parents made the sacrifice to send me to St Gabes and I know that it is a major reason why I have been able to accomplish so much in my life. There was never any question where my children would go. In a time where you can not take the safety and quality of your child's school for granted, St Gabes is a sure bet.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2010

The sisters and teachers were all fantastic.They took pride in their job, which made it a great learning environment.
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Posted May 3, 2010

St Gabriel School offers a loving and caring place for your child to grow. My entire family, including my own children graduated from here. I continue the tradition by working here each day. I love teaching at St Gabriel, we are a family and after 18 years of teaching I am still excited to come to school each day and be a part of this wonderful environment.
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Posted May 3, 2010

St. Gabriel School is 'South Philly's Best Kept Secret.' We have a dedicated and caring faculty and staff who provide a wonderful education for our students. We are a 'family' who looks out for each other.
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Posted May 3, 2010

My family has been envolved with this school since it opened 100 yrs ago. We have wonderful teachers and nuns. We all grew up loving and respecting each other and everyone else around us.
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Posted May 3, 2010

My family immigrated to this country 3 generations ago. My grandfather and great uncles were involved with building Saint Gabriel's church. Growing up in Philadelphia and attending Saint Gabriel's school , was and still is the center of the community. To many it was a 2nd family to the children and their parents. Saint Gabriel's school provided me with the educational resources which helped me to be successful in my adult life. Today as the neighborhood is in the midsts of many changes it is the parish which bonds the community and provides the children with a safe haven and a educational foundation which will carry them through their lifetime. As with many Catholic schools today in order to continue to provide the services and educational stimulation needed for the children to progress and ready themselves for adult hood monies are needed. Saint Gabriel's school is dependent on donations from former parish members as well as tuition from the families of the children who attend the school. It is not enough. Technology is ever changing which means the school needs to be prepared to teach the children the power of technology. Schools need to be competitive and educational norms are always changing. Without funding it is impossible for this to continue year after year. If our parish could win this money it would make such a difference to educators and the children of Saint Gabriel's.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2010

just a great school reaching out to inner city kids, Living the dream!
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Posted May 2, 2010

Because it brought everyone together as one spiritual community and it's parisheners became like one large family.
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Posted May 2, 2010

I am proud to be a graduate of St Gabriel school. The lessons I learned will be with me a lifetime. As well as the many friends I made.
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Posted May 1, 2010

St. Gabriel School is the best, the dedicated faculty and staff and the love for the children. The great eduaction. That is why we at St. Gabriel School is the best
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Posted April 20, 2010

St. Gabriel's School is a loving, safe place for children to attend.
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Posted April 20, 2010

Because not only did i attend it, but also my 3 children attented and they have the best teachers around
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Posted April 20, 2010

St. Gabriel' is a wonderful school with loving, caring, devoted faculty, staff and administration. They offer a great education, special programs and activities. I attended, my husband, and now my two children. Still the Best!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 48% 15%
White 38% 71%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2917 Dickinson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
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