College & Career Preparedness
Ready For What’s Next
Our College & Career Preparation program prepares students for success on the postsecondary path of their choosing.
Students work closely with an advisor who knows their passions, strengths, and goals so they can make the best decision for the next step in their life after graduating from Girard. Families are guided every step of the way through the application process for college, trade school, the military, or another pathway that leads to a fulfilling and stable career path. Our expert staff provides support in applying for scholarships, navigating financial aid, and more. By considering “right fit” institutions as well as affordability, value, and extent of support services, we ensure students have the right tools to excel in their postsecondary endeavors.
Girard College offers the following supports for high school students
- A full-time College and Career Advisor
- A Postsecondary Prep Seminar Course for every grade
- PSAT/SAT/ACT test preparation
- Service learning
- Dual enrollment with CCP, Temple & UPenn Hospital
- Essay writing assistance
- Mock interview practice
- College and trade school campus visits
- 1-1 application and financial aid guidance
- Meetings with admissions representatives
- Scholarship assistance
- Alumni and professional networking
- Family workshops and guidance
At Girard College, postsecondary exploration begins in our youngest grades with students learning about community workers, taking on classroom jobs, and getting to know the professionals around campus. As students enter middle school, they have opportunities to engage in entrepreneurship activities, take on leadership roles, and learn more directly about possible options for future careers. Postsecondary preparation in high school begins as soon as students enter 9th grade. Take a look at these timelines to review the process we take for students in 9th-12th grade.
A Sample of Where Girard College Students Continue Their Studies
- Albright College
- Community College of Philadelphia
- Delaware State University
- Harvard University
- Howard University
- Lycoming College
- Montclair State University
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Temple University
- Trinity College
- West Chester University
Annual scholarships are available for eligible undergraduate students through the Sundry Trusts, a group of more than 115 trust funds left to the City of Philadelphia for charitable purposes, administered by The Board of Directors of City Trusts in accordance with the terms of the benefactor.