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The 2022 Gesu Symposium is November 2 at 5pm ET with Rob Evans, Ed.D. Register today!

You're invited to Gesu’s 25th Symposium on Education. This year’s topic is Surviving and Thriving: Supporting Our Teachers in These Challenging Times.

Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!

Gesu welcomes our community to the 2022-23 school year! We wish all of our families, students, teachers, and staff blessings as we begin a new year of growing and learning together.

Follow us to see more photos from our first days back and to keep current on Gesu School happenings! #GesuWorks






Congratulations to the Gesu School Class of 2022!

Congratulations to the Gesu School Class of 2022! We are proud of all that these students have accomplished, and especially their grit and heart. These confident, compassionate, and talented students bring us hope for the future. The Class of 2022 will attend the top high schools listed below.

Special thanks to commencement speaker Dr. Ala Stanford for sharing her story and inspiring our students to achieve their greatness: “When I see you, I see promise, possibility, change, and better days.” Dr. Stanford is a Top 10 CNN Hero and Region 3 Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services overseeing Children Youth and Families, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Office of Disabilities and Early Childhood Education.

Gesu President and CEO Honored

On February 12, Gesu President and CEO Bryan Carter was honored with the Trailblazer Award from Saint Ignatius Cleveland. The award is presented to Saint Ignatius alumni of color who have made history, forging new ground as innovators and pioneers, both at Saint Ignatius and beyond.

Read more about the award ceremony on the Saint Ignatius website.

Read a profile of Bryan Carter in the Saint Ignatius Winter 2022 Magazine (pg. 26).

Congratulations to Mr. Carter '76 on this recognition for his service and leadership in education.

Join us for the 2022 Gesu Gala on June 9! The online auction is open June 7-9!

You're invited to the 2022 Gesu Gala outdoors at Fairmount Park’s Water Works. The in-person event is Thursday, June 9 from 6pm-9:30pm and includes:

Gesu sets a One Day Challenge Record!

 Thanks to more than 800 donors, Gesu exceeded our One Day Challenge goals and set a new record! Our community is filled with gratitude.

Gesu raised more than $108,000!
Students donated $910.00 with their “change for change” initiative.

Special thanks to our supporters who contributed matching gifts: 

March 10 is Gesu School’s One Day Giving Challenge!

Will you join Gesu to make a difference in children's lives? On March 10, Gesu School is striving to meet four challenges! You can help spread awareness and raise critical funds for 450 students in North Philadelphia. Click HERE to make your donation. 

You can help Gesu provide resources to nurture hope. Now, more than ever, Gesu relies on the annual support of donors. The pandemic has deeply impacted all, and especially Gesu families. The One Day Challenge plays a vital role in raising the funds necessary to offer an innovative learning environment and to support our community's wellness, from school counseling to after-school programs, and our graduate support program. A gift of any size makes a difference! 

Gesu Gospel Choir to Perform Christmas Concert December 16, 2021 in the Church of the Gesu

A beloved Gesu tradition returns! Join us to hear the beautiful voices of the Gesu Gospel Choir and to share Christmas joy. As our gift to the community, Gesu School presents our annual Christmas concert in the Church of the Gesu on Thursday, December 16, 2021. All are welcome!

For our community’s safety, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination (except under age 12). Masks will be required at all times in the Church of the Gesu. A recording will be available for those unable to attend in person.

To RSVP, contact Kimberly Brennan, Director of Annual Giving & Special Events, at 215-763-9077 x 226 or

We hope you can join us for this festive performance!

2021 Gesu Symposium is November 18 at 5pm. Register today!

You are invited to Gesu’s Virtual 24th Symposium: Working Together to Manage Pandemic Stress in Our School Communities. Speakers Marsha Richardson, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jabari Whitehead, Ed.D., Principal of Chatham Park Elementary School and Adjunct Professor at Saint Joseph’s University, will dialogue on this critical, timely topic. Participant Q&A will follow.

The educational landscape has shifted dramatically. Students and educators have returned to in-person classrooms and structured learning time after months of remote instruction and social and emotional upheaval. Join us for a virtual discussion with practical, actionable strategies on managing stress in school communities and strengthening our communities for the months ahead.

Alumni Return to Gesu as Professionals

Gesu alumni have returned to their alma mater's teaching team, administration, and counseling department to share their wisdom and experience. Our community is blessed to have these role models and advocates. Alumni on staff for the 2021-2022 academic year are:

Elnora Cutler ’07, 6th Grade Girls Teacher

Rakirah Fisher ’11, 5th Grade Girls Teacher

Bria Hawkins ’09, Art Teacher

Jonathan Jackson ’99, Lead Counselor

Dontae Leaf ’06, Dean of Students


(Below) Dean of Students Dontae Leaf '06 plans for the new academic year and his role on Gesu's administration collaborating with families, teachers, and students. Mr. Leaf volunteered at Gesu as a coach and on our maintenance team during his time in college at Drexel University. We welcome him to this leadership role.