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PACSCL’s Chronicling Resistance program comes to Girard on January 31st
Kristen Angelucci

Thursday, January 31, 5:30-7:30 pm, "Remembering Resistance, Collecting Community: An Evening of Story Circles," Girard College, Founders Hall. 

In continued celebration of the 50th anniversary of the integration of Girard College and the acts of resistance that made it possible, Girard College is excited to host the Chronicling Resistance project for an evening of story circles.  The staff of Chronicling Resistance invites you to bring a document or object you own that's part of your individual, family, or community resistance narrative. Your story can relate to education, race, gender, class, work, the environment, your neighborhood, or any other subject that's important to you. All persons in attendance will have an opportunity to share their story with 6-12 other people in a small group story circle. Doors will open at 5 PM for participants to explore the exhibit of oral histories “Opening the Gates: The Desegregation of Girard College.”  The evening will also include a tour of the Founder’s Hall Museum. All ages welcome! Childcare and parking provided onsite. Reception to follow. Registration at ( 

This program is a listening session for Chronicling Resistance, an initiative linking 300-plus years of Philadelphia resistance history to current resistance narratives. Support for the Research and Development of Chronicling Resistance has been provided by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Please see for more information.

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
Visiting on MLK Day? Get to know Girard!
  • events
Kristen Angelucci

Join us on MLK Day to explore our historical collections!

Visiting our campus for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service? Get to know Girard College's historic campus!

Guests are warmly welcomed to tour our extensive historical collections in iconic Founder's Hall immediately following the Philadelphia Orchestra concert in our Chapel. The collection will be open from 3pm to 5pm, free of charge and open to the public. Please note, stairs are unavoidable while visiting Founder's Hall.

Tickets to the Orchestra concert are not distributed through or by Girard College, but are available here, free of charge, until all are reserved:

Girard College does not have access to additional tickets.

Learn more about this exciting event through news coverage by Visit Philly, KYW, 6ABC and the Phiadelphia Tribune

  • Founder's Hall
  • historical
  • history
  • MLK
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