Girard College

2101 S College Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121
(215) 787-2621

(out of 10)

Private Grades 1-12 330 students 5 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Girard College is a private high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Girard College is President Clarence D. Armbrister, whose e-mail is 330 students attend Girard College and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Girard College is 5:1. Vaux Roberts High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 84% %
Multiracial 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% %
Hispanic 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 2% %
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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 (

  • (3 years ago)

    I currently am a student at Girard College and I think it is the best school in Philadelphia.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    They provide a full scholarship to all students. All students come from family's with one parent and financial need.

  • (5 years ago)

    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

  • (5 years ago)

    Girard is a wonderful school that cares about their students. They have high standards for their students and expectation for them.

  • (6 years ago)

    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

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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).

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (11 years ago)

    Girard is not just a school it is an experience. My children have learned to set high standards and reach for the stars.

  • (12 years ago)

    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.

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