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Dear Parents,

Thank you for your interest in Girard College. At Girard, 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 will face and you will want to consider all of your options. With this in mind, we hope you will consider Girard College. Our challenging academic curriculum and character-building environment helps to develop well-informed, well-prepared and thoughtful students. Our 100% college acceptance rate is a testament to achievement of our students and faculty.

In this section of our website, you will find our Inquiry Form, Online Application for Admission, and instructions to guide you through the admission process. Our website offers an introduction to the many aspects of our distinctive program. However, 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.

Our team looks forward to meeting you!

Warmest Regards,

Rafhia Foster
Director of Admissions & Cultural Competencies

Eligibility

All accepted students receive full scholarships for their years at Girard College. 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!

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Girard College! Please double-check our eligibility requirements before beginning the application process. Follow the steps below to get started. Contact our Enrollment team with questions by email at admissions@girardcollege.edu or 215-787-2621.

Please note, we do not accept applications for grade 12. All students must enter Girard by their junior year of high school.

Applying for Grades 1 through 5

Reference the Quick Links on this page. Once you’ve completed “Begin Application,” reach out to our admissions team using the contact information above. If you are asked to do so by the Enrollment team, complete the School Records Release and Teacher Recommendations forms.

Applying for Grades 6 through 11

Reference the Quick Links on this page. Once you’ve completed “Begin Application,” reach out to our admissions team using the contact information above. Please be prepared to share the results of your student’s ISEE or SSAT tests. Indicate Girard College as recipient at test time. Need to register your child for one of these tests?

Register for the ISEE
Register for the SSAT

If you are asked to do so by the Enrollment team, complete the School Records Release and Teacher Recommendations forms.