A Model For Success

Gesu School is recognized as a national model for inner-city education. Codirected by the Jesuits and the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Gesu serves 450 children in grades Pre-K through 8. Without selective admissions, we strive to provide a quality, innovative education for our neighbor children to empower them to break the cycle of poverty and violence. 

Visitors see the evidence of Gesu’s culture in the faces of the happy, respected, and respectful children who are eager to learn. However, the real proof is in our students’ successes beyond 8th grade. With no admission selectivity, our children have a wide range of abilities. Nevertheless, 90% of our graduates complete high school within four years in a city with an on-time high school graduation rate that hovers around 65%. Of those graduates, 86% go on to college or post-secondary education. 

Gesu recognizes that children need strong academic skills combined with grounded values and soft skills to become productive, successful adults. Gesu School affirms that soft skills, such as determination and confidence, are teachable. We deliberately weave these skills into our curriculum from Pre-K through 8th grade. This initiative, the MAGIS of Gesu, covers five essential skills: Motivation, Awareness, Grit, Independence, and Social Competence.

We invite you to explore our success stories and our students’ work to see for yourself. Or, schedule a tour of Gesu School by contacting our Development Office at development@gesuschool.org or 215-763-9077. 

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