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Girard College provides solid, comprehensive academic preparation for children in grades one through twelve. Small groupings of no more than 20 students per class create an intimate setting for learning.

Highly trained/certified teachers apply the latest educational strategies in thought-provoking and engaging lessons. Specialists provide classes in art, music, physical education and health. Technology is intrinsic to learning at Girard; there are no stand-alone computer classes, but computers are used throughout the subjects and in all grades.  Remedial instruction and counseling are available for children who require extra support and guidance.

Girard has established two distinct Divisions to focus on students' needs during each developmental stage.

Lower School (grades 1-6)

Students in grades 1-6 have these subjects: art, computer science, health, language arts, math, music, physical education, reading, science and social studies.

Upper School (grades 7-12)

Students in grades 7-12 have these subjects: art, computer science, English, health, math, music, physical education, science, social studies, and French or Spanish. Numerous electives exist in grades 9-12 such as Etymology or Intro to Programming.

Within each division, students learn age-appropriate educational and life skills with the support of teachers and the residential life staff. As they grow, Girard College students develop competencies in problem solving, relationship building, and life skills, all while testing their areas of strength and challenge.

What does it mean to be a Girard College student?

It means being part of a community that strives for excellence at every opportunity, seeing and valuing the college preparatory education we offer as the path to a better future. It means learning from one's mistakes. It means believing in and living Girard's core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, self-discipline and compassion to make our school and our world a better place.

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