Success Stories

Alumna Poised for College and Career in Physical Therapy

2013 graduate earns scholarships to undergraduate and doctoral program.

Dama Colbert-Brinkley, Class of 2013, exudes quiet humility and a fierce sense of self-direction. Her formula for success? Challenging herself, asserting her leadership skills, and serving her communities.

Dama attests that Gesu helped her become the person she is—outgoing, altruistic, and ambitious. She began at Gesu in Kindergarten, carrying on a family legacy that spans generations.

Academic Success and Ambition

Alumna Achieves in the Sciences

2007 graduate harnesses Gesu education for a career in nutrition and dietetics.

Kareemah Parker, Gesu Class of 2007, identifies a challenge, sets a goal, and conquers it.


Alum Creates Positive Change Through Art

2005 Gesu graduate succeeds in media studies and career.

Saeed Briscoe, Gesu Class of 2005, balances his studies at Temple University with managing his own business and serving his community. Although still in college, he has developed his own brand, SaeedsVP—photography, film, graphic design, and apparel. Briscoe owes his creativity to his Mom. He owes his strong work ethic and character to his Dad. And he owes his “ability to balance all of this” to Gesu School.


Kimberly's path to success

Thanks to generous supporters and people like you, we’ve been able to transform the lives of Philadelphia children with a top-notch education.

Children like Kimberly. She was our student council president in her 8th grade year.

But life didn’t start out like that for Kimberly…

Vacant lots and dilapidated houses litter the neighborhood where Kimberly grew up. At her local elementary school, three out of four children can’t read or do math at their grade level. It’s not an environment that instills hope.

Seventh grader achieves rank of Eagle Scout

"Never quit."

That's the Gesu lesson 7th grader Jordan carried with him on his quest to earn the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts offers. Only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever obtain this prestigious honor.

Follow the Dream Tour returns to roots

 “Mr. Ratliff [Gesu's music teacher] always said, ‘Keep a song in your heart.’  I did.  And here I am.” –Jovon Newman, Class of 2005

Jovon “J” Newman clearly had a song in his heart on February 28th when he and Quintin “Q” Richardson— together known as JQ—performed at Gesu School as part of their Follow the Dream tour. The American R&B/Pop duo are men on a mission.

Bria '09 pursues promised scholarship, reveals secret behind the power of coffee beans.

Today Bria ’09, a freshman at Saint Joseph’s University, is poised to change the world. A thoughtful, articulate young lady, Bria blossomed at Gesu School thanks to the support of people like you.

Teachers remember Bria as a leader whom other students respected. When she had something to say, people listened. In fact, Bria landed at Saint Joseph’s University for that very reason.

The fruits of a faith-based education: blazing the way with ACE*SJU.

Three Gesu alumni graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with their M.Ed.’s in May as members of the first cohort of the new ACE*SJU program. Leya Egea-Hinton, Desmond Shannon, and Shakeeta Parker were among the fourteen recent college grads blazing the way in the new program that serves inner-city students in Philadelphia. Saint Joseph’s University and the University of Pennsylvania launched the program, known as ACE*SJU, in the summer of 2010.

Phys ed teacher who models perseverance and emphasizes respect is recognized at the National Liberty Museum's "Teacher as Hero" Awards.

In March the National Liberty Museum honored 20 teachers out of nearly 100 nominations from across the Mid-Atlantic as the heroes they truly are at the “Teacher as Heroes” Awards. The shining star among them was Gesu’s ten-year-veteran phys ed teacher Sean Deal. Mr. Deal was recognized for the countless hours he dedicates to Gesu’s and the region’s athletic programs, his generosity in mentoring students both past and present, his perseverance, his creative teaching approach, and his contribution to defusing violence. 

Eighth grader Angel flourishes at a unique internship opportunity, thanks to Dr. Amy Brenner and supporters like you.

“Then I make sure there’s no air in there,” explains 8th grader Angel as she finishes drawing up a rabies vaccine. Moments earlier, she was straightening up an exam room that a furry patient had just vacated. She is completely at ease in the orderly, well-lit medical facility.


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