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DREEAMS at Girard: a dream come true!
Kristen Angelucci

This summer kicked off a school year of learning and growing.

As the school year begins here at Girard College, the many programs and activities that kept our campus bustling through the summer months have come to an end. The launch of the DREEAMS @ Girard was among the most successful and productive summer initiatives.   

The program was designed to improve the academic and interpersonal skills of a group of then-rising sixth graders by exposing them to a balanced yet wide-ranging curriculum. While a focus on academics guided the program, new constructive practices, such as boat building, gardening, robotics and civics, made students’ schedules even more diverse and enriching.

“We had a resounding amount of positive feedback from all parties involved in the program - teachers, interns, students and parents,” said Brandon Herbert, the program director and Assistant Director of Admissions at Girard College.

A large part of this success undoubtedly came from the unprecedented partnership formed by Girard College and The Philadelphia School for the program. Not only did students have a chance to make some new friends, but staff also benefited, gaining the valuable opportunity to collaborate with peers and enhance teaching practices.

Parents applauded the DREEAMS program for its effective focus on academics, pleased to hear their children discuss what they learned in class at home. While boatbuilding seemed to be the favorite activity among students, whether they were writing or woodworking each child exhibited undeniable growth. The DREEAMS staff worked hard to encourage leadership, teamwork, resourcefulness and responsible decision making.

Stephen Girard himself would be satisfied to see the program’s focus on instilling a deep understanding of what it means to be a productive citizen in one’s community. Thanks to civics class, this bright group of sixth graders is more prepared than ever to make positive contributions to the political, social and economic structures of not only their communities, but beyond. 

According to a final report conducted and written by Dr. Earl Ball and Dr. Stephanie Dennis, (both qualified individuals in the realm of education), “the data obtained from [our] investigation was overwhelmingly positive. Staff enthusiasm and dedication were key elements to the success of the initial session. All students should take pride in completing a very positive first year of the program.” The success of the program’s launch has not only prepared students for a fruitful school year, but also unquestionably sparked excitement within everyone involved as they continue taking part in the program through the school year and into next summer.

  • middle grades
  • The Philadelphia School
Welcome Vice President Sylvia Bastani!
Kristen Angelucci

Nationally-certified fundraiser Sylvia Bastani joins the Girard College team as Vice President of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships

Girard College’s Office of Institutional of Advancement is thrilled to welcome nationally-certified fundraising professional Sylvia Bastani as its Vice President of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships. She will begin her work at Girard College on Monday, January 7th. 


Ms. Bastani comes to this role with more than three decades of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, including work with The Wharton School, The Chester County Historical Society, and Schultz and Williams. Sylvia served as the Assistant Vice President of Advancement at Williamson College of the Trades, a tuition-free postsecondary institution for financially-disadvantaged students, whose founding was influenced by the philanthropy of Stephen Girard. During her tenure at Williamson, Ms. Bastani played an instrumental role in its highly successful Legacy Campaign, which raised more than $65 million. Ms. Bastani serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a co-editor and contributor of the forthcoming book Managing the Nonprofit Health Organization. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Bastani was drawn to the unique possibilities offered by Girard College looks forward to establishing vibrant collaborations and revenue-generating programs that continue to enhance the School’s presence in the greater Philadelphia community, and beyond.  “I am honored and thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Girard College family,” Ms. Bastani shares. “I look forward to working closely with our president, Dr. Heather Wathington, who brings exceptional energy, expertise and an exhilarating vision for Girard College’s future.”

President Heather Wathington shares Ms. Bastani’s enthusiasm for this exciting new chapter for Girard College. “We are thrilled to welcome Sylvia to the team,” says Dr. Wathington. “We are embarking on exceptional journey, together, to ensure Girard’s continued vitality and to double down on our commitments to a quality educational experience for generations to come. With Sylvia’s help, we are taking yet another purposeful step in that direction.”


Please join us in welcoming Ms. Bastani and help her to feel at home here at Girard!


Summer Programs at Girard
Kristen Angelucci

Summer Programs are back at Girard College!

Our summer programs are back with something for everyone! Whether it's yoga for your youngest or football for your freshman, we'll keep your kids active all summer long. Explore our programs and register today!

  • camp
  • summer
Founder's Day 2018
Kristen Angelucci

Join us on May 19th for our annual Founder's Day


Founder's Day is quickly approaching and the campus is preparing to excitedly welcome thousands of alumni back home!


We are excited to celebrate the 2018 Stephen Girard Award Recipient, Mr. Joseph Samuel '88. We are also excited to celebrate the 50th Reunion Class of 1968.


This is a weekend full of events to reunite with classmates, network with other alumni, and meet the current students of Girard.



Friday's Golf event will be held at: Ramblewood Country Club

200 Country Club Pkwy

Mt Laurel, NJ 08054


Friday's banquet and all day Saturday will be held at:

Girard College

2101 S College Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19121


Sunday's visit will be held at:

Stephen Girard Park

2101 W Shunk St

Philadelphia, PA 19145


Schedule of Events

Friday, May 18


Golf Outing6:00am-2:00pm

 Ramblewood Country Club

 200 Country Club Parkway

 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

 Continental Breakfast – 7:00am

 Shotgun Start – 8:00am

 Luncheon – 1:00pm


GCAA Banquet5:00pm-9:00pm

 Founder’s Hall

 Cocktails – 5:00pm

 Dinner – 6:00pm

 Program – 7:00pm

 2018 Stephen Girard Award Recipient:

 Joseph Samuel, 1988

 50th Anniversary Class of 1968


Saturday, May 19


Registration - All Day, Tuttle Pavilion

Scouts Snacks - 9:00am-2:00pm, The Hum

Wreath Ceremony9:00am, Founder’s Hall Porch

Chapel Service10:00am, The Chapel

Art Exhibit - 11:00am-3:30pm, Founder’s Hall, Southwest Ballroom

Alumni Soccer Game11:30am, Rocco Montano Soccer Field

Luncheon12:00pm-2:00pm, Banker Hall

Vietnam Plaque Rededication12:00pm, Statue between Founder’s & Bordeaux Hall

Key Man Plaque Rededication12:15pm, High School Building

Stephen Girard Collection - 12:30am-3:30pm, Founder’s Hall, 2nd Floor

Hum Fair 12:30pm-2:30pm, Armory Basement

Alumni Baseball Game1:00pm, Field behind Allen Hall

Alumni Sports Awards1:30pm, Armory

Alumni Basketball Game2:00pm, Armory

President’s Reception2:00pm, President’s House


Sunday, May 20


*Girard’s Farmhouse12:00pm, 20th & Shunk Streets

*Pending Construction



Special Event


Alumni Oral Histories


Founder’s Hall

Small Dining Room




Please RSVP as soon as you are able, using the button to the right. We look forward to seeing you, celebrating with you, and celebrating our founder, Mr. Stephen Girard!


My deeds must be my life. When I am dead my actions must speak for me. ~Stephen Girard

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  • Alumni
  • events
  • Founder's Day
  • Stephen Girard
Announcing DREEAMS at Girard
Kristen Angelucci

Starting this summer, our students will be more prepared than ever for high school!

Girard College is thrilled to announce a new program to increase student engagement and effectiveness: DREEAMS at Girard. Beginning this summer, selected students at the Middle School level will embark on an exciting journey to improve their academic and interpersonal skills in preparation for high school.

Interim President Ava Willis-Barksdale and Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Henry Fairfax share the details of the program in a memo to our community, which you can read here.  

We are especially grateful to The Abele Family Foundation for their support of this program. Alumnus Will Abele ('57), with the support of his wife Joan, leads by example in his efforts to be sure that his younger brothers and sisters receive all of the benefits he enjoyed at Girard.

The support of our alumni and community makes Stephen Girard's dream possible in perpetuity. Join Will and Joan in their support of student dreams: consider making a tax-deductible donation to Girard College today.

Hail Girard!

  • Abele
  • Alumni
  • Donation
  • Donor
  • MGP
  • Middle Grades Partnership
  • Will Abele