Mission and Core Values

Mission Statement

Girard is a full-scholarship boarding school for academically capable students from qualified families of limited financial resources. Girard College’s mission is to prepare scholarship students for advanced education and life as informed, ethical and productive citizens through a rigorous education program that promotes intellectual, social and emotional growth. Girard College students will be prepared to complete a bachelor’s degree in order to maximize their ability to pursue productive careers and be engaged citizens.

Core Values

Behavioral expectations for Girard students are based on Girard's Core Values:

respect
responsibility
integrity
self-discipline
compassion

Therefore, all students are expected to:

  • Exhibit respect and courtesy towards others.
  • Take responsibility for consistently striving for excellence in academics and citizenship.
  • Show integrity by honoring commitments, while demonstrating honesty in all aspects of their daily lives.
  • Demonstrate self-discipline by exhibiting self-control and reaching for positive personal goals.
  • Be compassionate and appreciative of individual and cultural differences.

Principles of Community

All members of the Girard College Community are expected to:

  • Exhibit respect and courtesy towards others
  • Take responsibility for consistently striving for excellence in academics and citizenship
  • Show integrity by honoring commitments, while demonstrating honesty in all aspects of their daily lives.
  • Demonstrate self-discipline by exhibiting self-control, grit and reaching for positive personal goals
  • Practice compassion, empathy, and appreciation of individual and cultural differences.
  • Act with a moral compass by practicing courage, empathy, compassion, and generosity of spirit
  • Strive for inclusiveness by avoiding cliques and elitism
  • Discourage and refrain from abuse, bullying and harassment.
  • Reject superficiality, materialism, and a sense of entitlement
  • Work together to find commonalities and resolve disagreements amicably
  • Promote healthy habits through lifestyles - and by rejecting illegal or abusive drug and alcohol use
  • Promote citizenship and advance the greater good for our community and the world around us
  • Actively engage in the life of the College by supporting Girard’s programs and personnel
  • Understand and embrace the College’s mission and vision and work together as partners to educate our students
  • Communicate openly, honestly, and constructively with each other and at the appropriate level and, following such dialogue, abide by the School’s decision

Girard College believes that a diverse and inclusive community is a learning environment that prepares our students for the world they will face upon completion of our program. We desire a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of trust, understanding, appreciation, and mutual respect for each individual. We reject all prejudices, particularly those based on race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, learning styles, disability, age, or sexual orientation.