Our Mission

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.

Our Core Values

Expectations for Girard students are based on our core values:

Respect. Responsibility. Integrity. Self-discipline. Compassion.

Principles of Or Community

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.

Strategic Plan

In 2017, Girard began a comprehensive Strategic Planning process that would guide our path in preparing a new generation of students for the careers of tomorrow and position the college as a leading partner for in-depth discussions of education, innovation, and community impact.

The planning process, led by the Board of City Trusts with the support of the school’s leadership team, welcomed participation from the entire Girard community.

We are pleased to share the results of this process with the publication of Navigating Our Future, Anchoring Our Impact.