Girard’s Office of College Advising begins to work with students as early as the 9th grade, using the college and career guidance software Naviance to assist students in preparing career-interest inventory assessments and to explore areas of possible career interest based on knowledge, skills, abilities, and interests. This is augmented by learning styles assessments; each student completes an assessment that will identify their individual learning styles. Based on the results, the students can use this information to focus on their strengths and employ techniques that will best situate their learning styles.
We attribute much of the success of our high school students because we realize the importance of test preparation. Our students receive test preparation for the PSAT/SAT/ACT beginning in the 10 grade and will have that exposure through the 12th grade. The focus for Grades 9 and 10 is on study skills and improving test-taking strategies to boost student performance on the PSAT, in the classroom as well as on high-stakes standardized assessments. Grades 11 and 12 the focus is on the college admission tests SAT and ACT. Girard students apply to and are admitted to schools across the country. The last three graduating classes produced a Gates Millennium Scholar, and enrollment to of students into Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Mt. Holyoke, Howard University, Penn State, University of Texas, UCLA and offers of admission from Colleges to include: Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Columbia, Smith College, Spellman College, Penn State Schreyer’s Honors College, Swarthmore College, Oberlin College and other Tier-One College’s across the country.
Once students are enrolled in college the Office of College Advising and Young Alumni Support continues to support students through the college completion process. This office is dedicated to student success and supports Girard students while they complete their undergraduate degree by offering tactical support in navigating college systems, i.e. financial Aid, Student Affairs, Academic Support. Additionally, this office provides both virtual and in-person coaching support, acts as a resource/advocate on behalf of students. Additionally, this office coordinates the Girard Scholarship in conjunction with the Girard College Alumni Association. Funds from over 20 different sources including graduates, employees or friends of Girard College donate funds to help Girard alumni pursue higher education.