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March 30 is Gesu School’s One Day Giving Challenge!

Gesu School is delighted to announce that we have met our 2017 One Day Challenge goal, thanks to YOU! We've secured more than 750 donations. The Z Foundation will generously donate $15,000 to Gesu School! Stay tuned for final results from our 2017 One Day Challenge on Monday, April 3.

Our heartfelt thanks to donors, from coast to coast, who have supported Gesu students' education! Your gift enables Gesu School to live our mission.

Mission Statement: Inspired by the Jesuit and IHM traditions of social justice, faith, hope and love, Gesu School strives, without selective admissions, to provide a quality, innovative education for its neighbor children to empower them to break the cycle of poverty and violence.

The 2017 Gesu Gala is May 11 at Vie!

The 2017 Gesu Gala promises to be our most celebratory evening of the year! Join us at Vie in Center City on May 11, 6-9pm to support the children of Gesu School. This memorable evening includes:

2017 Gesu Spirit Medalists Announced!

Gesu School is honored to announce James F. Higgins ’45 and H. Chase Lenfest as our 2017 Gesu Spirit Medalists, Gesu’s highest honor. James F. Higgins ’45 and H. Chase Lenfest will be recognized at the 2017 Gesu Gala on May 11, 2017, for their extraordinary dedication to Gesu School.

James F. Higgins ’45  

Anti-Defamation League Presents Gesu School with 4th Consecutive “No Place for Hate” Designation

Gesu is a place where all are welcome and respected and where character formation is central. On September 15, the Anti-Defamation League presented Gesu School with our 2016 No Place for Hate designation and banner.

Gesu Academic Summer Camp: Curbing Summer Learning Loss

Under the leadership of Eighth Grade Teacher, Laura Weatherly, Gesu School’s summer curriculum balances academics with fun to help curb summer learning loss. Ms. Weatherly has been actively involved in Gesu’s Academic Summer Camp for over 15 years, as a Teacher and as Director.

The 2016 camp provided programming for 60 students, ranging from those who have completed Pre-K through rising 8th graders. The camp is open to not only Gesu School students, but also students from the surrounding community.

Ms. Weatherly describes the camp’s overarching objective: “The main goal is to keep children academically challenged, so they don’t have the ‘summer slide.’ We’re able to combat that for five weeks—half of the summer.” In addition to classroom instruction, the camp also provides books and materials for students’ use at home. 

Gesu Gospel Choir to Perform at Annual Christmas Concert on December 15, 2016

Gesu School presents its annual Christmas Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu on Thursday, December 15, 2016. All are welcome to hear the angelic voices of the choir warm your hearts and spread joy for the Christmas season! This is our gift to the community.

6:00 p.m. Pre-concert reception with light refreshments

7:00 p.m. Christmas concert begins

We hope you can join us for this festive performance!

To RSVP, click here. Or, contact Sarah Stirzel Cuzzolina at 215-763-9077 or

Church of the Gesu
N. 18th & W. Stiles Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19121

A Synopsis of the 19th Annual Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education

On November 4, 2016, Gesu School held its 19th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education. As a national model for inner-city education, Gesu School remains at the forefront of identifying new ways to better serve our students and sharing these key learnings with others. The symposium has been a time-honored tradition for that purpose.

Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education is 11/4/16. Register today!

Join us for the 19th Annual Symposium—Cultural Responsiveness in the Urban Classroom with Keynote Speaker, Christopher Emdin, Ph.D.

Friday November 4, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Networking reception to follow

The 2016 Symposium will examine how the teacher-student relationship should be framed in cultural awareness. At a time when many urban educators are teaching students with cultural backgrounds and experiences that vary from their own, dialogue on educating to the student’s life narrative is key. This symposium will discuss ways to challenge the current pedagogy of engaging students in an urban area, redefining what an urban education can look like.

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J., a True “Man for Others,” Celebrates 50 Years Ordained.

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J. has served at the Gesu parish and Gesu School since 1989 as Assistant Pastor, Chaplain, and Assistant Principal. On June 9, 2016, Fr. Neil commemorated his 50th Jubilee of ordination. Gesu School students, staff, and board members joined together for a joyful mass in The Church of the Gesu followed by a special tribute planned by students and faculty.

On what he treasures most about his ministry at Gesu, Fr. Neil states, “Seeing the students grow, become more responsible, try new things, not give up amidst challenges, and become more thoughtful and caring as they go through Gesu, high school, and beyond. The generosity and dedication of faculty and staff who make Gesu work are daily gifts.”

Gesu Library Dedicated to Board Member and Volunteer, Vivienne Lambert Ehret.

On April 4, 2016, young Gesu readers, board members, and friends gathered to officially dedicate the library to Vivienne Lambert Ehret in honor of her extraordinary service as Gesu School Librarian since 2006.

Vivienne has served Gesu School in multiple capacities for 14 years. Elected to the Gesu School Board of Directors in 2002, Vivienne served as a steady presence in working towards the mission and championing Gesu’s educational model. Committed to Gesu’s students, Vivienne sponsored a student from grades 1-8 through our Sponsor a Child Program.