Stephen Girard had a vision of a safe place for students to thrive both in the classroom and beyond. Today, we honor his vision and fulfill our mission to:prepare students for advanced education and life as informed, ethical and productive citizens.
Our core values – integrity, respect, self-discipline, compassion and responsibility – are taken seriously and color everything we do. In academics, athletics, the arts; in class or residence halls or on the field; these five words are used as standards of behavior.
Step on campus and you will get a strong sense of community, resulting from a long history of reaching out to one another. Alumni spend time with current students, direct after-school clubs and serve as mentors. Older students help first graders learn Spanish, and gracious student audience members cheer on performers of various ages during musical programs. Residential groups support each other during homework periods and team up for community service.
Girard traditions add to this sense of community, and seniors benefit from several. All students wear uniforms in the colors of "garnet and steel," but only seniors may wear blue blazers, sweaters and shirts, distinguishing them from younger students and honoring them as the top class. Seniors have also earned the long-awaited privilege of entering the Chapel last – and with some fanfare – for school assemblies. All students love Cavalier Day, the school-wide day of fun where the Garnet and Steel teams compete for victory in races and other outdoor activities.
One of only two schools in the U.S. that offers a full boarding program to students from grade 1 to 12, Girard is home to children as young as six. So campus life means bonfires and pajama parties, the Prom and movie night, bike riding and double dutch, talent show and story time. Alumni talk about their gratitude for the bonds of friendship that form at Girard as well as the life lessons they learned as part of a rich residential experience.
Campus life offers numerous opportunities to develop one's interests and talents outside the classroom. Taking part in the many extracurricular programs in the arts, sports, community service, field trips, school traditions, and social events, as well as campus clubs and organizations, enriches the student experience and contributes to the education of the whole child.
Learn more about campus life at Girard in this section of our Web site.