How Our Admissions Team is Responding to COVID-19

As it has with all walks of life, the COVID-19 situation has impacted the Admissions process here at Girard College. While our top priority is the health and well-being of our community, we are continuing to work remotely with current and prospective applicants to admit students for the 2020-21 school year.

Although in-person events like Talk & Tours, Shadow Days, and Testing are postponed until further notice, we have added plenty of resources to our Get to Know Us page to give you a taste of life at Girard. We also have a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

The best way to reach us is via email at Thank you for your interest in Girard College.

Brandon Herbert,
Director of Admissions

Checklist for New Applicants

Girard College is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year for students entering grades 1-11.

  • Please review and confirm that you meet all of our Eligibility Requirements
  • Complete an Inquiry Form
  • Follow the instructions from your inquiry confirmation email to Begin the Application
    • We understand that it may be difficult to obtain transcripts, teacher recommendations and test scores due to current school closures. However, these documents are critical to our application process. If you are having trouble obtaining the necessary information to complete your application, please email us.
  • Once the application is complete and documents have been received, students who are determined to be a good fit will be contacted to schedule remote academic assessments and interviews


All accepted students receive full scholarships that are renewed yearly. Our unique program has very specific criteria.

To be eligible for admission, candidates must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Is your student at least five years old, enrolled in a kindergarten program, and/or applying for grades 1-11?
  • Does your student come from a home without one or both biological parents? (Children who live with grandparents, relatives, foster parents or guardians are also eligible. Children who live with one biological parent and a step-parent are eligible.)
  • Is your student a United States Citizen or Resident Alien?
  • Does your family demonstrate financial need?*
  • Does your student have consistently good grades in all academic subjects?
  • Is your student on grade level or above in all core subjects?
  • Will your student’s teachers (current and previous schools) provide positive social and behavioral statements about your child?
  • Does your student demonstrate good citizenship?
  • Can your student live on campus from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon?

*Financial need is determined using School and Student Services guidelines for independent schools . Contact our office for more details.

If you answer YES to all of these questions, then we invite you to visit us and apply!

The Girard Difference

At Girard College, we offer a supportive atmosphere of encouragement paired with high expectations. Girard College has the distinction of being the only full scholarship, private 5-day boarding school in the city of Philadelphia.

Selecting the right learning environment for your child’s school is one of the most important decisions you can make. Our challenging academic curriculum and character-building residential program helps to develop well-informed, well-prepared and thoughtful students. Our 100% college acceptance rate is a testament to the achievements of our students and faculty.

When you can, we encourage you to visit Girard College in session. Experience our 43-acre urban oasis, the sound of students laughing in the hallways, the hustle of teammates on our athletic fields, the harmony in our music classrooms…the family that is Girard College.

We look forward to meeting you!