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2016-17

STUDENT-FAMILY

HANDBOOK

PHONE NUMBERS (All Area Code 215)


Girard College Main Number 787-2600
President, Clarence D. Armbrister

787-2601

Vice President of Operations, Ava Willis-Barksdale

787-4468

Vice President of Enrollment Management


and Institutional Advancement, Henry Fairfax

787-4442

Director of Administrative Services, Claudene Evans

787-2601

Elementary/Middle School Offices


Academic Dean, Cannie C. Shafer
Residential Dean, Marge Holmes

787-2656
787-2698

High School Offices


Academic Dean, Loraine Snead
787-2617
Residential Dean, Kymelle Clark
787-2610
Coordinator of Academic and Social Support Services, 787-2675
Keith Steininger
Advancement Office
Dir. of Communications/Website, Polly Mitchell

787-4436
787-2735

Athletic Director, Bobby Jordan

787-2662

Campus Safety Office/Administrator on Duty 787-2684


College Guidance/Young Alumni Support, Tony Askew

787-4439

Laundry/Uniforms 787-2646
Office of Enrollment Management (staff, page 11)

787-2621

Founders Hall/Director of Historic Resources 787-4434


Health Services, Vanessa Miller, R.N.

787-3138

Contact Us Via E-Mail:


first letter of first name + last name + @girardcollege.edu
sgirard@girardcollege.edu
CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR CURRENT INFORMATION
www.girardcollege.edu

PARENTS &
GUARDIANS
Please tear this page out, sign it,
and return it to the classroom teacher or
RA or school administrator handling
registration for your students division.
I have received the
2016-17 Student-Parent Handbook
for Girard College.
I understand that it is my responsibility
to become familiar with the document
and the information within.
I also understand that the Handbook exists
on the Girard College website, and updates,
if and when they occur, will be made
to the electronic (Web) version only.
__________________________________
PARENT/GUARDIAN signature please

__________________________________
print PARENT/GUARDIAN name

__________________________________
STUDENT name/grade

Girard
Changes
Lives.
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Table of Contents
Introduction........................................................................... 5-10
History
..........................................................................5
Mission, Core Values......................................................6
Profile of Graduates................................................... 7-8
Principles of Community........................................... 9-10

Enrollment Management (Admissions) Information................. 11


Welcome..................................................................... 11

Information and Records............................................. 11


Parent Ambassadors................................................... 12

Family Resources....................................................................... 13


Registration................................................................. 13
All-Parent Meetings..................................................... 13
Parent-Teacher Conferences...................................... 13

Elementary/Middle School (Grades 1-8) Division................ 15-28


Elementary/Middle Academic Life............................... 15



Division Philosophy............................................... 15

Academic Expectations........................................ 15

Mastery Grading and Promotion........................... 16


Communication Between Home & School..... 17


Probation Indicators/Retaining Scholarship... 18

Support................................................................. 18

Attendance............................................................ 18

Code of Conduct................................................... 19
Elementary/Middle Residential Life............................. 21

Division Philosophy............................................... 21

Residential Expectations...................................... 21

Residential Progress Report................................. 21

Residential Support.............................................. 22

Attendance....................................................... 22-24

Expectations in Dormitories.................................. 24

High School (Grades 9-12) Division..................................... 29-44


High School Academic Life..........................................29









Division Philosophy...............................................29
Academic Expectations........................................29
Mastery grading and Promotion............................30
High School Graduation Requirements................32
Community Service...............................................32
Program Support..................................................33
Technology............................................................34
College Counseling...............................................35
Choir.....................................................................35
Code of Conduct...................................................35

High School Residential Life.......................................37



Division Philosophy...............................................37

Residential Expectations......................................37

Residential Progress Report.................................38

Residential Support..............................................38

Attendance.......................................................38-39

Expectations in Dormitories..................................40

Behavioral Expectations System............................................ 45-49


Code of Living.............................................................45





Five Core Values.........................................................45


Unacceptable Behaviors.............................................46
Consequences of Poor Behavioral Choices................47
Disciplinary Point System............................................47
High School Honor Council.........................................48
Scholarship Review Board..........................................48

Other Activities, Policies and Services................................... 50-56






Alumni Association..................................................... 50
Authorized Leave Pass.............................................. 50
Electronics Acceptable Use................................... 51-53
Extended-Day Program.............................................. 53
Health Services.......................................................... 54
History ...................................................................... 54

Founders Day..................................................... 54

Founders Hall...................................................... 55

School Songs....................................................... 55
Laundry and Uniforms................................................ 56
Lost / Damaged Property........................................... 56
Scouting..................................................................... 56

INTRODUCTION
Within the pages of this publication you will find detailed guidelines for
successful matriculation and family interaction at Girard College. Although
intended as a helpful resource for all families and students, the Handbook
is unlikely to address every possible question, concern or situation. Girard
staff and administrators are always available to answer your questions. Please
reach out to your students teacher, residential advisor or dean when you
need information. We will be glad to assist you!
Primary office phone numbers are printed on the inside front cover of your
handbook. All staff are listed on our website, www.girardcollege.edu.

HISTORY
Open since 1848, Girard College is an independent, coeducational,
residential, full-scholarship school for students in grades 1 through 12.
Girard students represent various cultural backgrounds, but all come from
homes with demonstrated financial need and with one or no birth parent(s)
living at home.
Girard College was endowed in the will of Stephen Girard (17501831), a Frenchman who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1776. He made
a substantial fortune in trading, banking and real estate, and went on to
become a prominent citizen of Philadelphia and of the United States. An
extraordinary visionary and philanthropist, Girard is famous for having said,
My deeds must be my life. When I am dead, my actions must speak for
me. He was a man of his word, leaving the bulk of his wealth to the City of
Philadelphia to establish a school for underserved children. Although these
children were originally identified as white, orphan boys, the school has
adapted to social changes over time, and enrolls both genders and students
of all ethnicities.
Stephen Girard believed in the life-changing power of opportunity, and
so we at Girard College today honor his vision by continuing to provide
educational opportunity to the children entrusted to our care.

MISSION
Girard is a full-scholarship boarding school
for academically capable students
from qualified families of limited financial resources.
Girard Colleges mission is to prepare scholarship
students for advanced education and life
as informed, ethical and productive citizens
through a rigorous education program that
promotes intellectual, social and emotional growth.
Girard College students will be prepared to complete
a bachelors degree in order to maximize their ability
to pursue productive careers and be engaged citizens.

THE FIVE CORE VALUES:


Respect
Responsibility
Integrity
Self-discipline
Compassion

THE PROFILE of GRADUATES


Graduates of Girard College will
have acquired knowledge-based skills. They will:
1. Exhibit literacy and proficiency in math, meeting or exceeding the
course requirements of a well-rounded high school math curriculum
that includes a year each of geometry, algebra I and II and either precalculus or calculus.
2. Read and write at or above grade level, having received a wellrounded language arts education that promotes critical thinking,
research skills, comprehension, vocabulary development and public
speaking.
3. Meet or exceed the course requirements of a well-rounded high
school science curriculum that includes a year each of conceptual
physics, chemistry, biology and either senior physics, astronomy or
evolution.
4. Meet or exceed the course requirements of a well-rounded high
school foreign language curriculum with a minimum of three years of
foreign language in either French or Spanish.
5. Meet or exceed the course requirements of a well-rounded high
school social studies curriculum emphasizing U.S. and world history,
modern global topics, ancient history, Middle Ages, as well as
government and sociology.
have an appreciation for life-long learning. They will:
1. Work independently and collaboratively in obtaining and
disseminating knowledge.
2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills that will test hypotheses and
persist in examining alternatives prior to reaching conclusions.
3. Articulate and convey information in a clear and reasoned manner
in both oral and written forms.
4. Indicate community awareness, engagement and commitment by
leading in civic, political, cultural, academic and work settings.

have developed life (success) skills. They will:


1. Compete in and give back to a global society.
2. Build and sustain healthy interpersonal relationships.
3. Possess a strong sense of self that includes the following traits:
respect, responsibility, integrity, self-discipline and compassion.
4. Devise strategies to overcome obstacles and to set and achieve realworld goals.

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PRINCIPLES of COMMUNITY
We at Girard College are committed to creating a supportive, inclusive, and
diverse learning community that advances the Colleges mission.
Girard College is built on respect, responsibility, integrity, self-discipline,
and compassion for one another.
A fundamental principle of the Girard College community is trust. All
members of our community students, teachers, administrators, parents
and alumni should consider and account for the moral and legal
implications of their conduct, have the courage to do what is right, and
accept responsibility for their actions.
As such all members of the Girard College Community are expected to:
Exhibit respect and courtesy towards others
Take responsibility for consistently striving for excellence in
academics and citizenship
Show integrity by honoring commitments, while demonstrating
honesty in all aspects of their daily lives.
Demonstrate self-discipline by exhibiting self-control, grit and
reaching for positive personal goals
Display compassion, empathy and appreciation of individual and
cultural differences.
Follow ones moral compass by exhibiting courage, empathy,
compassion and generosity of spirit
Strive for inclusiveness by avoiding cliques and elitism
Discourage and refrain from abuse, bullying and harassment.
Reject superficiality, materialism and a sense of entitlement
Work together to find commonalities and resolve disagreements
amicably
Promote healthy habits through lifestyle choices - and by rejecting
illegal or abusive drugs and alcohol use
Promote citizenship and advance the greater good for our
community and the world around us

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Actively engage in the life of the College by supporting Girards


programs and personnel
Understand and embrace the Colleges mission and vision and work
together as partners to educate our students
Communicate openly, honestly and constructively with each other
and at the appropriate level and, following such dialogue, abide by
the Schools decision
At Girard College we believe that a diverse and inclusive community is
a learning environment that prepares our students for the world they
will face upon completion of our program. We desire a community in
which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of trust,
understanding, appreciation and mutual respect for each individual. We
reject all prejudices, particularly those based on race, ethnicity, national
origin, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, learning styles,
disability, age, or sexual orientation.

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ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
Welcome to Girard College!
We have enjoyed getting to know you and your student throughout the
enrollment process, and we look forward to watching your student blossom
at Girard College.
Henry D. Fairfax,
Vice President of Enrollment Management and
Institutional Advancement
Rafhia Foster,
Director of High School Admissions and Cultural Competencies
Aqila Clement,
Director of Elementary/Middle School Admissions and
Director of Institutional Research
Joan McGovern,
Administrative Assistant for Enrollment Management
215-787-2621
admissions@girardcollege.edu

INFORMATION and RECORDS


Changes in Student/Family Information
All changes and/or updates to student and family information (such as
names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, guardianship status)
should be shared with the Enrollment Management Office. Please help us to
serve you and your child by keeping this information current and accurate!
Requests for Student Records
We comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
that protects the privacy of student educational records. Please contact the
Enrollment Management Office with any requests to review student records
or to receive copies of transcripts.
Student files are created upon acceptance and enrollment. Each students file
moves from the Enrollment Management Office to the deans office in the
appropriate division, where they are maintained and updated throughout
the years.

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PARENT AMBASSADORS
The Girard College Parent Ambassadors committee (GCPA) is a select
group of parent volunteers dedicated to supporting the mission of Girard
College. As word-of-mouth marketing helps to attract, yield and retain the
most mission-appropriate students and families to the College, this esteemed
group is charged with sharing their experiences and telling their unique
stories to prospective families and those interested in learning the Girard
story through the lens of a parent.
Overall Mission:
To promote the Value Proposition of a Girard College education.
Goals and Objectives:
Support the Enrollment Management Office to identify, enroll
and retain mission-appropriate applicants
Help build the sense of community and school spirit to
reduce attrition
Strengthen the Girard brand within the internal Girard College
community
Increase visibility in external arenas conveying the value of a
Girard College education
GCPA Committee:
Chair
Team Leaders
Team Steel - Enrollment
Team Garnet - Advancement

For more information, or to get involved, please contact the Enrollment


Management Office.

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FAMILY RESOURCES
As families of current students, you are essential to the community we have
established. We count on you to support your children and our programs,
and you can count on us to include you as active partners in your childrens
educational journey.
REGISTRATION, ALL-PARENT MEETINGS and
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
Effective partnerships depend on regular and productive communication.
With that in mind, one parent or guardian must accompany students to
registration each September.
Additionally, there are two parent-teacher conferences per year and
four all-parent meetings. Attendance by a parent or guardian at both
conferences and at all four meetings is required.
To make attandance as easy as possible, all-parent meetings are generally
scheduled on a day and time when families are returning their students to
campus, and conferences are scheduled on Fridays when families are picking
up their students for the weekend.
There will be many opportunities for parent/guardian involvement and
attendance at athletic events, concerts, Chapels and others. Please make a
note of these important dates:
2016-17 School Year
Registration
Tuesday, September 6
All-Parent Meetings
Sunday, October 16
Sunday, November 13
Tuesday, February 21
Sunday, March 12
High School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, November 18
Friday, February 10
Friday, April 21
Elementary-Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, December 16
Friday, March 17

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ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION - GRADES 1-8


ACADEMIC LIFE
DIVISION PHILOSOPHY
Girard Colleges newly reconfigured Elementary/Middle School provides
a holistic education across disciplines where our students learn to explore
and grow. We provide a supportive and nurturing environment where
each student is recognized as a physical, mental and emotional being and
a citizen of their community and the world. Mindful of our past, we
are always building toward the future, promoting 21st-century skills and
competencies and a growth mindset. We want our students to be curious,
to take academic risks, to find their strengths, to be lifelong learners and
active citizens.
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS
The Elementary/Middle school school year consists of three trimesters.
Elementary school-aged (grades 1-5) children experience developmentally
appropriate, self-contained classroom programs, a nurturing environment,
and a strong foundation with a homeroom teacher. Homeroom teachers
in these grades teach language arts, math and social studies. Additional
support services come from language arts and math specialists. The student
experience is further enriched by instruction in art, music, physical
education/health, science and library and information skills.
Middle school-aged students (grades 6-8) enjoy their own identity as
they remain connected to the elementary grades and to the high school. It
is a critical time period in the development of our students. Academic and
extracurricular experiences contribute to an increased sense of belonging
and ownership. Students learn how to make healthy decisions and assume
increasing independence and responsibility for their choices and actions. The
middle-grades curriculum fosters curiosity and a desire to achieve at a high
level; stresses the importance of collaboration; and builds the confidence
needed to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Teachers offer patience
and respect while providing clear behavioral and academic guidelines.
Middle school-aged students report to a homeroom each day and have
a specific grade-level teacher/advisor. Students have an individual daily
schedule where they rotate classes between English/language arts (ELA),
mathematics, science, social studies and world languages (French and Spanish
in grades 7 and 8). Art, music and physical education/health round out the
curriculum. An after-school athletics component is included each season.

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The cultural and personal development of each child in the Elementary/


Middle School is supported by off-campus field trips and weekly and
monthly programs presented during the school day. A variety of campus
activities, such as student council, choir/band, literary, leadership and
community offerings provide chances for students to grow.
MASTERY GRADING AND PROMOTION
Grades 1-8 are on a mastery grading system that reports each trimester
(approximately 12 weeks in length). Mastery grading reflects each students
level of learning and also identifies areas in which support may be needed to
ensure proficiency and understanding of course concepts.
In grades 1-5, the assessments are reported only by letters, but these letters
represent numerical evaluation. In grades 6-8, the assessments are reported
numerically along with the mastery level.
Elementary Grades 1-5:

Middle Grades 6-8:

M=Mastery (85-100)

85-100 (M=Mastery)

P=Progressing (65-84)

65-84 (P=Progressing)

NM=Non-Mastery (50-64) 50-64 (NM=Non-Mastery)


Elementary: Primary Grades 1-3
If a first-grade student is not achieving grade-level reading (Developmental
Reading Assessment or DRA) and not reaching significant mastery levels in
ELA and math, s/he will be placed on Academic Probation. The school and
family will cooperate to provide further support, such as testing, tutoring,
and summer programming. If a second-grade student is still not achieving
grade level reading (DRA) and not reaching significant mastery levels in
ELA and math, s/he will not be recommended for re-enrollment into third
grade. If a student struggles academically later in second or in third grade,
all the support efforts will be made for one academic year, but re-enrollment
into fourth grade will not be awarded. It will be the exception that a student
will be granted an additional year at a grade level.
Elementary: Intermediate Grades 4-5
Our program is rigorous and designed to personalize instruction while
following a Common Core States Standards-based curriculum. When
students need extra support, all of our possible options are explored but we
do not provide individualized educational plans (IEPs). Our students are
expected to be at mastery level prior to promotion into middle school.

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Middle: Grades 6-8


The annual expectation is for mastery in courses that meet daily. Support
options are made available or are required to achieve grade level. In 7th
Grade students will begin test preparation to take required national tests
(SSAT or ISEE) for entry to the Girard College High School in addition to
being at Mastery level and a student in good standing.
At all grade levels, academic assessment recognition is given (Honors and
High Honors) as well as acknowledgment for Exceptional School Work
Habits and high level achievement in Social and Emotional Learning
Competencies. Demonstration of a life devoted to Girard Colleges Core
Values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Self-Discipline and Compassion
is also recognized.
Communication between Home and School
Good communication between home and school is critical to the success
of our students. Younger school children are more likely to express their
general feelings in obvious, observable ways. Yet they also have a more
difficult time understanding or explaining their feelings and thoughts in
clear and direct language. It is critical that teachers and family members
communicate clearly and directly and coordinate their efforts to make life
happy and productive for the students.
Girard families will be frequently notified of their childs progress.
Scholarship and citizenship, in terms of national standards for Social and
Emotional Learning Competencies, are addressed in all areas of instruction.
All faculty and support staff meet periodically to review student progress
which informs the communications that are shared with families.
Families of students in grades 1-5 will receive a weekly newsletter and a biweekly (every two weeks) assessment report in their Friday Folder, a folder
sent home with your student every Friday afternoon when s/he departs the
campus. A parent or guardian must sign this folder acknowledging that they
have received the information, understand it and will act on it as needed.
Families of students in grades 6-8 gain access the weekly newsletter on the
schools website. If their student has any non-mastery grades, the families
will also receive an Academic Warning notification in the Friday Folder.
All faculty and support staff meet periodically to review student progress.
This review informs the communications that are conveyed to families.

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Probation Indicators and Retaining Scholarship


If a middle-grade student receives three or more Academic Warnings during
a trimester, s/he is put onto a Watch List, and interventions will be put
in place. If a middle-grade student is on the Watch List for more than two
trimesters, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. A student
may only remain on Academic Probation for one year or at the discretion
of the Academic Dean before re-enrollment is revoked.
Parents in all grade levels are encouraged to contact any teacher with
questions and concerns. In turn, all faculty are expected to share their
concerns and updates with families.
SUPPORT
Academic Support
Girard Colleges program provides assessment and group support through
our Title I specialists in reading and math. These two specialists and the
Middle School math support teacher communicate with teachers and work
with students as well. Special tutorials are offered when needed. Summer
programming also provides remedial and enrichment opportunities for
students as well as their regularly assigned summer work
Social and Emotional Support
School counselors are available to provide guidance related to ageappropriate issues at all grade levels and also to assist individual students
who are experiencing personal challenges. Teachers will share concerns
about students with the Academic Dean or the counselor and will discuss
and brainstorm strategies at grade-level meetings. Additionally, this
information is shared with the Residential Dean, Residential Advisors and
the Residential Counselor. Finally, Girard College sometimes calls upon an
outside service providing speech/language therapy.
ATTENDANCE
Extended Periods of Excused Absence/Incomplete Grades
It is critical that students not miss academic time for any reason short of
an emergency. Families must contact the academic dean for permission
to miss class. Except as noted, a student who has more than 10 days of
unexcused absences during the school year may lose credit for that school
year. If there is a prolonged excused absence because of illness or other
extenuating circumstances, deans, in coordination with counseling services,
will facilitate the completion of coursework for credit for the school year. It

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is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to take the initiative to see that


educational time is not lost unnecessarily.
Each situation requires an individual and specific response; nevertheless, the
following may be used as guidelines:
Should a student have an extended absence due to illness, death in the family,
or other extenuating circumstances, the student will be allotted an equivalent
time after returning to school to make up missing assignments. Assignments
may be modified to suit the needs of the students
If the make-up period extends beyond the end of a trimester, then the report card
will be marked with Is (incompletes) until the completion deadline has been
reached. At that point, the report card will be filled in and mailed to the parent.
An I may be given on a report card where there is a legitimate reason for a
student not having completed his/her work. The incomplete cannot remain
for more than two weeks after a trimester; after that, the I becomes a
Non-Mastery. An extended-excused absence can be granted only if specific
arrangements have been made prior to the end of the two-week period.

CODE OF CONDUCT
The guidelines of the Code of Conduct are based on Girard Colleges
Five Core Values:
Respect Responsibility Integrity Self-Discipline Compassion
Girard College students treat everyone, peers and adults alike, with mutual
respect and civility. They exhibit courteous behaviors; they tell the truth
and are respectful of individual differences, identities, religious convictions,
beliefs and the property of others. Girard students are well-groomed, and
they display good sportsmanship and pride in their school. They follow
all school rules and understand that there will be consequences for their
actions if they do not. In some cases, this will ultimately include the loss of
scholarship and separation from the Girard College community.
The determination of unacceptable behavior is primarily at the discretion
of the classroom teacher. If satisfactory resolution of the problem requires
further assistance, the Academic Dean will determine the appropriate action
and will be the final authority.
Please refer to the complete section on Behavioral Expectations on page
45. The academic and residential teams communicate and collaborate daily
to ensure a consistent approach to all issues.

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ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION - GRADES 1-8


RESIDENTIAL LIFE
DIVISION PHILOSOPHY
The Residential Program of Girard Colleges Elementary/Middle School
is as important to your childs growth and development as the Academic
Program. Residential Advisors play a key role in the lives of their students as
they guide them through the academic, personal and social aspects of their
lives during all non-school hours.
Elementary/Middle School students live in same-sex sections of dormitories
at the west end of campus. Each section is headed by a Residential Advisor
who lives on site. The RA develops strong ties with his/her students and
helps the children to develop into productive and successful adults.
As a boarding school, Girard College has the opportunity to nurture our
students after school and throughout the regular activities of day-to-day life.
We learn, play and live together, creating a family atmosphere and learning
life lessons that will sustain us throughout our lives. The results include
personal growth, increased confidence and superior preparation for high
school and life.
RESIDENTIAL EXPECTATIONS
In our residential program, we expect Girard students to embrace the Five
Core Values, strive to embody the characteristics described in the Profile of
Graduates and honor the Principles of Community.
Beginning in grade 1, Girard students will work towards independence,
taking more and more responsibility for their own actions. In a first-grade
section, the RA will teach students to tie shoes and button coats. The
eighth-graders RAs will actively encourage students to take care of their
own personal items, complete homework without prompting and get to
homeroom on time.
In addition, our students learn to value the Girard College community and
to understand that each of us is a representative of that community.
ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL
RESIDENTIAL PROGRESS REPORT
Following the trimester system, students are evaluated by their Residential
Advisors in interpersonal skills based on domains established in the
Common Core State Standards: Self-Awareness and Self-Management;

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Establish and Maintaining Relationships; Decision-Making and Responsible


Behavior. Students will receive progress reports each trimester that will
indicate:
3 - Exceptional
2 - Acceptable
1 - Developing
Please refer to the complete section on Behavioral Expectations on page
45. The academic and residential teams communicate and collaborate daily
to ensure a consistent approach to all issues.
RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT
In the residential program, Girard students receive support in study and
time-management skills. Elementary/Middle School students are assisted
daily in an organized, structured study period, alternating between
afternoon and evening depending on the schedule of after-school activities.
During these study periods, residential advisors closely monitor and assist
students with their assignments.
School counselors are available to provide guidance related to ageappropriate issues at all grade levels and also to assist individual students
who are experiencing personal challenges. RAs will share concerns about
students with the Residential Dean and the Residential Counselor. The
counselor will make a recommendation to involve our Social Worker if
needed. In some cases, we may offer individual services provided on campus
by the outside agency CATCH.
ATTENDANCE
Return to campus:
In general, all Elementary/Middle School students return to campus
between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings. When special events
or holidays affect a Sunday night return, families will be notified on the
alternate day and/or time. Children should eat dinner at home prior to the
return trip.
It is essential that students respect and follow the return schedule. Students
are required to attend the Sunday evening back-to-school prep session
each week. Lateness and absences have a serious and negative affect on
student readiness for school and success in the classroom.
Only one late return is allowed per trimester.
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or long weekends must call their respective deans. Note: Calling does
NOT mean that the student will be excused; only that the school has been
informed. Phone calls from students are not acceptable.
In the event that a student does not return to school in time for class, and
a call is not made to the school office (Elementary/Middle 215-787-2656)
explaining the reason for the absence, the student will not be allowed to
make up any academic assessments missed during the time of absence.
Friday/Weekend Departures:
Students generally depart the campus on Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
Families should enter by the front gate and exit by the back gate.
Please make note of our campus speed limit of 15 mph.
On Fridays, or any other time that a child leaves campus, only designated
individuals who are on the authorized representative list (submitted
each year to the Enrollment Management Office by the enrolling parent
or guardian) will be permitted to sign students out and take them off
campus.
If, because of an emergency, you need to request that a non-authorized
person pick up your child, you must make Special Arrangements (see
below) through the Residential Deans office. The specified person must
show a photo ID when picking up the child.
If you want another Girard parent to pick up your child on a regular basis,
please add him/her to your authorized representative list. Generally, we do
not permit a Girard parent to take home another Girard parents child for
special activities or a weekend leave.
Special Arrangements (Attendance)
All standard requests for taking students off-campus must be personally
approved by the academic dean during the school day or the residential dean for
extended-day and evening times at least three (3) school/work days in advance.
Emergency requests will be reviewed as needed. Official documentation may
be required to substantiate the need for absences due to bereavement (family
or friend), medical appointments, weddings, travel requests, etc.
Requests must be in writing, including fax or e-mail, or by telephone from
the childs legal guardian/parent to the administrative assistant who will
receive a decision from the respective dean. Only the enrolling parent is
allowed to make special arrangements or conduct any business regarding student
unless authorized in writing by the parent. Also doctor and/or dentist notes
on letterhead or letter validating a medical absence are to be turned in upon
completion of the appointment. They may be faxed to 215-787-4421.

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It is expected that anytime a parent or guardian is picking up his/her child


during residential time (from 3:15 p.m. to bed/wake-up) other than the
scheduled Friday weekend departure time of 3:00-5:00 p.m. the enrolling
parent/guardian will call the residential administrative assistant at 215787-2698. During this call, the parent/guardian must request Special
Arrangements that include the date, time of pick-up, reason for the request
and the time the child will return.
Administrative assistants or other staff members are not authorized to
approve or disapprove a special arrangement request.
Students are not permitted to make their own special arrangements.
Parent/Guardian Visits
Special Arrangements must also be made in advance with the Residential
Dean any time the parent/guardian plans to visit the child or the childs
section. This includes weekday visits necessitated by custody arrangements
and visits based on the desire to celebrate the childs brithday.
For Special Arrangements or absences during the school day:
Elementary/Middle School Academic office

215-787-2656

For Special Arrangements or Absences that will occur after school:


Elementary/Middle School Residential office 215-787-2698
Students who will miss an announced test or other major assessment
emergency leaves excepted must take the test, prior to departure unless
the teacher approves another arrangement in advance. Any tests, quizzes or
assignments missed due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up.
EXPECTATIONS IN DORMITORIES
Living Space
It is important that students develop habits of neatness and learn to care for
personal and Girard property.
Student rooms, common living areas and wardrobes are to be maintained
in good order. Writing and/or painting on walls, desks or other furnishings
are not permitted. Gummed stickers, nails, tacks, staples, scotch tape and
other permanent markers are not to be used for decorative purposes without
authorization. Irons, curling irons, and other electrical appliances and
extension cords represent a fire hazard and are not to be used without prior
approval of the supervising residential faculty.
All dormitories and section living areas must be in proper order by 8:00
a.m. and are to be maintained in good order throughout the day. Beds are

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to be made carefully every morning. Dorms and bathrooms are to be kept


clean. Wardrobes, too, are to be kept in good order. Window screens are
not to be adjusted for any reason. Lights, fans and radios are to be turned
off when leaving a room for an extended period of time.
The appearance of all Girard students must, at all times, be neat and clean.
Outerwear may not be worn in school unless the administration deems the
temperature to be appropriate.
School-Day Dress
Body piercing (other than the ears for earrings) is not permitted.
Visible tattooing is not permitted.
Girard-issued clothing will be worn during class periods.
Students shoes must be sturdy, solid black, tie shoes or solid black
sneakers. High heels, open-toed shoes or platform shoes are not
permitted.
Male students must wear dress slacks, dress belt, age-appropriate shirt,
tie, dress shoes and dark socks. Female students must wear
a skirt or jumper or slacks, blouse, dress shoes and socks to special
events. Chapel dress is to be worn for Chapel and other special events
as required. All clothing needs to be neat, clean and pressed.
Appropriate outerwear, governed by weather conditions, is to be worn.
Elementary/Middle School students may wear one small pair of small
earrings no larger than a dime.
Students leaving campus during the school day on class field trips,
special arrangements, etc., shall wear school uniforms unless otherwise
notified.
School-day dress is required for breakfast and the remainder of the
school day.



No pajamas, sweat suits, spaghetti straps, tube tops, shorts, form-fitting


clothing, etc., may be worn as normal dress or as undergarments with
other clothing, unless otherwise notified by a division change for
specific occasions or events.

After-School Dress
Students must change from their school uniforms to appropriate after
school clothing immediately upon reporting to their respective
residence halls at the end of the school day.
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clothing that is neat and in good condition. Torn jeans are not acceptable.
Wave caps, do rags, bandanas, headscarves and sweatbands may not be worn
outside or in public areas.
In early fall and late spring, appropriate shorts may be worn so long as
they are a maximum of 3 inches above the knee. Bicycle or similar
form-fitting shorts or pants are not permissible apparel at any time.
Appropriate outerwear, governed by weather conditions, is to be worn.
Abbreviated tops (tank tops, halters, bare midriff, spaghetti straps, tube
tops, sleeveless undershirts) and form-fitting clothing may not be worn.
Swimsuits must be one piece and modest in style.
No pictures, slogans, profanity, gestures, or any form of inappropriate
wording, etc. may be on clothing.
Any staff member has the right to require a student to change inappropriate
clothing.
Personal Grooming/Hair Care
It is the responsibility of the students family to provide appropriate care.
Regulations for Boys
Hair is to be clean, neat and well groomed, and the length is not to impair
the vision of the wearer or other students. Facial hair and sideburns are to
be kept neat and trimmed at all times.
Regulations for Girls
Hairstyles should be easy to maintain with minimal, age-appropriate
assistance from the residential advisor and should be neat and clean at all
times.
Hair Coloring
Female and male students may choose to have some solid-tone colored
dye in their hair; however, it must be a natural hair color, tasteful, in
moderation, and not detracting from their overall personal appearance.
The deans are given the authority to determine hair grooming/color
appropriateness. Interpretation and enforcement of these regulations is the
responsibility of the deans.
Any student who wants to dye his/her hair for a specific event must seek
approval from a dean and from his/her parent prior to the event to avoid
disciplinary action.

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Personal Property Guidelines


Students must respect the property of others. The unauthorized possession
of anothers property is a serious offense and will be dealt with accordingly.
Students are discouraged from borrowing or lending money/personal
property or selling personal property.
Students are not permitted to have inappropriate literature,
pornography, and or vulgar or explicit materials including song lyrics
or music.
Student ownership or possession of laser pointers, televisions, or
beepers/pagers is not permitted on campus.
Students are expected to safeguard personal property and treat Girard
property with respect. Items of value should be in ones personal
possession or locked in a wardrobe or locker.
Expensive and Electronic Items Guidelines
Elementary/Middle School students should not have large sums of money
or other valuables on campus. Students should turn in their personal money
to their residential advisor for safekeeping immediately upon returning
to campus. Elementary/Middle School students may not have personal,
expensive items on campus. This includes cell phones, video games, game
cartridges/disks and game systems (i.e.: XBox, Wii, DS, PSP, etc.), cameras,
video cameras, phones, iPods, tablets, e-readers, iPads, laptops and all other
hand-held electronics, games or music devices, CD players, boom boxes
and/or radios and any device that can access the Internet.
Parents/guardians of students in grades 7 and 8 may make application
to the Elementary/Middle School Residential Dean for extenuating
circumstances based on weekend travel / visitation arrangements that would
necessitate sending a cell phone to school with the student. If approved,
students must turn their cell phone in to their RA or the Deans Office
upon return to campus each Sunday evening. They will retrieve their phone
each Friday afternoon.
If this rule is disregarded, the cell phone may be confiscated, and the parent
or guardian will be required to come to campus to retrieve the phone.
Violations could result in the students suspension and points against their
scholarship.

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On-Campus Food Policy


Students are not permitted to bring large quantities of food to the campus
from weekend, overnight or holiday leave.
To ensure a healthy and insect-free environment for all students we ask that
the following rules are observed:
Small quantities of food must be kept in airtight containers.
If large quantities of food are brought to the campus, the food will be
confiscated and stored in a secure area and returned so students may
take it home on the weekend. Please check backpacks and belongings
to ensure that large quantities of food are not being brought to campus.
Parents may make Special Arrangements for bringing birthday cakes to
campus. Because of food allergies, parents must purchase store-made
cakes that list the ingredients rather than bring in homemade cakes.
Packages
Parents should deliver all packages to the safety officer in the Security Lodge
at the front gate. Parents may not deliver packages directly to the student in
the dormitory or classroom buildings.

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION - GRADES 9-12


ACADEMIC LIFE
DIVISION PHILOSOPHY
The Girard College High School (grades 9-12) continues to develop the
individual student to be a life-long learner and a global citizen. Although
still a supportive environment, the high school offers our adolescent
students more chances for independence and individual focus. While
certain academic requirements exist, a Girard high school student who is
passionate about one particular subject will have several choices of electives
and opportunities such as the senior externship to develop his/her interests.
Additionally, each student is expected to be personally responsible for
attendance, completion of work, advocating for extra academic assistance,
and developing their executive skills strengths.
ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS
The high school academic year is divided into two semesters. The two
semesters are further divided into halves (two quarters each semester).
Parents or guardians are notified by mail at the end of the first and third
quarters as to the academic progress of their student(s). They will receive
letter grades at the end of first and second semesters.
The high school is organized by core disciplines, English, mathematics,
science, social studies and world languages in addition to art, music, PE
(physical education) and health. Several electives are offered to complete
the curriculum. All high school students are required to take four years of
English, mathematics, science and social studies and world languages.
The high school incorporates online learning resources and blended
learning in the classroom. Blended learning combines the online delivery
of the course content and live instruction by a Girard teacher, thereby
providing differentiated instruction for students.

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Planned Course Outline by Subject / Grade


Subject

Total Years

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

English

4 Years

ELA-9

English-10

English-11

English-12

Mathematics

4 Years

Algebra 1 or
Algebra 2

Geometry or
Algebra 2

Algebra 2 or
Pre-Calculus

Pre-Calculus
or Calculus

Science

4 Years

Integrated
Science

Chemistry

Biology

Physics

Social Studies

4 years

Modern
World
History

U.S. History 1

U.S. History 2

American
Government

Phys. Fitness
& Health

Phys. Fitness
& Health
Spanish 2
French 2

Spanish 3
French 3

Spanish 4
French 4

ACT/SAT
Preparation

College and
Career &
ACT/SAT
Preparation

ACT/SAT
Prep

P.E. & Health


World
Language

4 Years

Spanish 1
French 1

Fine Arts

1 Year

Arts Matters

ACT/SAT
preparation

PSSAT

A partial list of electives offered by Girard College or an online provider:


Art Appreciation

Spanish Culture and Literature

Instrumental/Band

French Culture and Literature

Choral Music

Mathematics of Personal Finance

Global Diplomacy

Financial Literacy

Multicultural Studies

History of Mathematics

Astronomy

Applications of Math

Ecology

Creative Writing

MASTERY GRADING AND PROMOTION


The high school uses a mastery-based system for assessment in grades nine
through twelve. Mastery grading is based on students demonstrated level
of mastery of concepts rather than calculating an average based on the
total number of points they earn in a quarter and/or semester. It measures
demonstrated student learning and identifies areas in which additional
support may be needed to ensure proficiency and understanding of the
course concepts. The grades students earn will allow all stakeholders to
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At the end of each quarter, parents and guardians are notified about student
progress grades and GPAs (grade point averages). Two GPAs are reported;
one is a total GPA that includes all core and elective courses, the other is a
core GPA that only considers core subjects (English, mathematics, science
and social studies and world languages).
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will be placed on the Honor Roll.
High School students are expected to maintain a minimum core GPA of
2.0 or higher. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for promotion or to meet
graduation requirements and to continue on scholarship. Students who do
not have a total GPA of 2.0 at the end of the school year will be reviewed
for dismissal.
Mastery grading reports both the levels of mastery for each learning target,
a numerical evaluation and ultimately a letter grade that is used to
determine GPA.
Grades are recorded as a letter and GPA for each quarter (approximately a
9-week period). The percentages are calculated from the mastery levels.
Letter Grade

Corresponding

94-100

A-

90-93

B+

87-89

84-86

B-

81-83

C+

77-80

74-76

C-

70-73

D+

67-69

64-66

D-

60-63

FAILURE

59 and below

The following general quality point scale is used to calculate a final GPA.
A = 4.0
B = 3.0
C = 2.0
D = 1.0

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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS


Students must pass all core courses and a senior externship during the
senior year, including fourth quarter courses, and have the required number
of credits outlined below. In addition, all seniors must be in good standing
in both academic and non-academic areas.
Required Credits
Course Name

High School Credits

English/Language Arts

4 (English 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Fine Arts

Mathematics

Physical Education/Health

Science

Social Studies

Electives

Senior Seminar/Externship

Pass/Fail (40-hour externship)

World Language

Total Credits = 24
Senior Externship:
All seniors are required to participate in an off-campus externship of their
choosing according to their interests and aptitude. The externship will
culminate in a capstone project that demonstrates competency in the
knowledge and skills acquired by the student during their high school
years at Girard. Students are expected to demonstrate their writing and
oratorical skills, apply knowledge and creativity, invoke problem-solving,
time-management, responsibility and productivity. If a student does not
complete the senior project to the satisfaction of the senior committee, she
or he may not graduate.
COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Community service is valued in the high school. We honor the legacy of
Stephen Girard, the founder of Girard College, who said My deeds must
be my life Additionally, community service is a natural outgrowth
of our Core Values (respect, responsibility, integrity, self-discipline and
compassion). Students are expected to volunteer in their community, both
on and off the Girard campus.

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PROGRAM SUPPORT
Academic Advisors
Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor who will provide academic
and personal advocacy for students. Together the students (advisees) and
advisors actively build relationships that support and encourage students
to realize their academic promise and personal growth. Informed by their
observations and conversations with each advisee in a variety of settings
small group advisory, homeroom and classroom advisors can provide
comprehensive mirrors in which students may see patterns that effect their
academic success and personal relationships. While parents are free to
contact any teacher with questions and concerns, they are encouraged to
contact their childs Academic Advisor first. In turn, Academic Advisors are
expected to share their concerns and updates with families.
Academic Advisors act as:
Advocates for the student;
Primary liaisons to student families;
Counselors to students with regard to the schools mission
and Core Values.
Instructional Support Specialists
Two instructional specialists support teachers and work with students
to ensure effective teaching and learning in the classroom. Together the
specialists and teachers work together to guide instruction based on the
Common Core State Standards and instructional benchmarks.
Cafs
One class period everyday is devoted to a caf where students attend a
class for re-teaching of a concept or topic that they did not completely grasp
during their regularly scheduled class. Caf can also be used for extra time to
finish art projects, to practice instrumental and choral arrangements and for
extended learning opportunities in a subject area.
Math and ELA labs
Further support and instruction are provided for ninth and tenth grade
students during scheduled class periods call English language arts (ELA)
and Math labs. Here, students will utilize online tutorials that are aligned
with the Common Core State Standards as well as receive individualized
instruction from Girard College ELA and Math teachers.

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Enrichment Center
The Girard College Enrichment Center (EC) is designed similar to the
learning resource centers found in many colleges and universities. The
center offers resources that span library use and technological advancements
for study and advanced learning. It is physically located on the second floor
of the High School Library. Several small and large study rooms are available
for individual or group interactions. In addition, the EC will be used for
tutorial sessions through the use of online resources that are aligned with
the common core standards and for advanced topics in various subject areas.
Student will be required to use their chrome books for utilization of some
the EC resources. The EC is also available for use by teachers and students
for evening study.
Summer School
If it is necessary for students to recover credit or mastery of essential
learning targets in any course, he/she will be required to attend summer
school at Girard College or at an approved outside location.
Social and Emotional Support
School counselors are available to provide age-appropriate guidance to
individual high school students who are experiencing personal challenges.
Teachers will share their concerns about students with the students
Academic Advisor and the Head of High School who will refer the student
to a counselor. Referrals may also come from the Residential Dean and
or Residential Advisors. Additionally, we encourage students to make an
appointment with a counselor without being referred.
TECHNOLOGY
Chromebooks
Each student is assigned his/her own Chromebook to use while on campus.
The Chromebook will be fully integrated into each classroom. Teachers
may, for example, construct lessons using various online resources or may
incorporate blended learning (online instruction) to augment the rich
instruction that each student receives.
Cell Phones
Because students will have access to the Chromebooks during the school
day and evening, cell phones are not allowed in the high school building.
We strongly suggest that students lock cell phones in their lockers in the
dormitories. Violations will be referred to the Coordinator of Academic and
Social Support and the phone may be confiscated.

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COUNSELING and COLLEGE / CAREER GUIDANCE


Counseling service is made available to aid Girard students in their personal
growth as individuals and as members of the Girard community. The staff,
both residential and instructional, are trained and experienced professionals
assigned to help students with their emotional, social and academic
development. Counseling is available to all students during their years at
Girard College.
The student, the parent, instructional or residential staff member, or an
administrator may make appointments. Appointments should be made in
advance and be cleared with the classroom teacher according to procedure.
As early as possible, students are encouraged to explore careers suitable to
their interests and talents. The guidance and college advising departments
assist them in formulating college plans and in the preparation of
applications and reports necessary for entrance to institutions of higher
learning. In selecting colleges, aptitude, interest and achievement are
considered in consultation with the student, counselor and parent/guardian.
For High School students, a college counselor is on staff to assist in the
college preparation and selection process. Additionally, this office provides
support in helping students to secure internship opportunities, enrichment
programs and part-time employment. Once a student graduates from
Girard College, the Young Alumni Support office will continue to provide
assistance through college graduation and beyond.
CHOIR AND BAND
The music department believes that every student at Girard can benefit from
a regular, organized musical experience regardless of his/her native talent.
Fourth- through twelfth-grade students are eligible to participate in the
choir and band. Both groups perform at the winter and spring concerts as
well as at various school and community events.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The guidelines for the Code of Conduct are based on the Five Core Values:
Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Self-discipline and Compassion.
We emphasize a belief in mutual trust and honesty. Integrity is at the
heart of our core values and everything we do on a daily basis, whether in
academics or residential life. The Core Values support us in our endeavor to
ensure that academic and personal honesty are held in the highest regard,
and that deviations from these expectations will be appropriately addressed.
Please refer to the complete section on Behavioral Expectations
on page 45.

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HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION - GRADES 9-12


RESIDENTIAL LIFE
DIVISION PHILOSOPHY
The Residential Program of Girard Colleges High School is as important to
your childs growth and development as the Academic Program. Continuing
the excellent progress made in the Elementary/Middle School, we encourage
more independence, expect a greater sense of personal responsibilty and
nurture each students desire to reach his/her potential. Residential Advisors
play a key role in the lives of their students as they guide them through the
academic, personal and social aspects of their lives during all non-school
hours.
High School students live in same-gender sections of dormitories in the
center of campus. Each section is headed by a Residential Advisor who
lives on site, develops strong ties with his/her students and helps to create
a family atmosphere. With guidance, the students develop into productive
and successful adults who can do their own laundry, cook a meal and keep
their personal space neat and clean.
As a boarding school, Girard College has the opportunity to work with
our students after the school day. RAs use this time to expose our students
to special events that contribute to their maturity and broaden their
experiences. A guest may address the subject of managing personal finances,
attendance at a special dinner allows students to practice appropriate
behavior for a formal event, and trips to other cities encourage our students
to see beyond the wall. The results include personal growth and superior
preparation for college and life.
RESIDENTIAL EXPECTATIONS
In our residential program, we expect Girard students to embrace the Five
Core Values, strive to embody the characteristics described in the Profile of
Graduates and honor the Principles of Community.
By ninth grade, high school students should be responsible for their own
personal belongings and should be able to go to and from class, dormitory
and cafeteria without supervision. They manage their academic schedule and
balance demands on their time. They develop a heightened understanding of
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HIGH SCHOOL RESIDENTIAL PROGRESS REPORT


Following the semester system, students are reviewed by their Residential
Advisors in interpersonal skills based on domains established in the Common
Core State Standards: Self-Awareness and Self-Management; Establish and
Maintaining Relationships; Decision-Making and Responsible Behavior.
Students will receive progress reports mid-semeester that will indicate:
3 - Exceptional
2 - Acceptable
1 - Developing
Please refer to the complete section on Behavioral Expectations on page
45. The academic and residential teams communicate and collaborate daily
to ensure a consistent approach to all issues.
RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT
In the residential program, Girard students receive support in study and
time-management skills, although by high school they are expected to
manage their work and their schedules fairly well. The high school RAs
hold structured study period, alternating between afternoon and evening
depending on the schedule of after-school activities. During these study
periods, residential advisors monitor students as they complete assignments.
School counselors are available to provide guidance related to ageappropriate issues at all grade levels and also to assist individual students who
are experiencing personal challenges. RAs will share concerns about students
with the Residential Dean and the Residential Counselor. The counselor will
make a recommendation to involve our Social Worker if needed.
ATTENDANCE
Return to campus:
In general, all High School students return to campus between 6:00 and
8:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings. When special events or holidays affect a
Sunday night return, families will be notified on the alternate day and/or
time. Students should eat dinner at home prior to the return trip.
It is essential that students respect and follow the return schedule. Lateness
and absences have a serious and negative affect on student readiness for
school and success in the classroom.
Parents or guardians of students returning late from special arrangements
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NOT mean that the student will be excused; only that the school has been
informed. Phone calls from students are not acceptable.
In the event that a student does not return to school in time for class, and
a call is not made to the office (Academic 215-787-2617 or Residential
215-787-2610) explaining the reason for the absence, the student will not
be allowed to make up any academic assessments missed during the time of
absence.
Depart from campus:
Students generally depart the campus on Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m.
Families should enter by the front gate and exit by the back gate.
Please make note of our campus speed limit of 15 mph.
Special Arrangements (Attendance)
All standard requests for taking students off-campus must be personally
approved by the academic dean during the school day or the residential dean for
extended-day and evening times at least three (3) school/work days in advance.
Emergency requests will be reviewed as needed. Official documentation may
be required to substantiate the need for absences due to bereavement (family
or friend), medical appointments, weddings, travel requests, etc.
Students who will miss an announced test or other major assessment
emergency leaves excepted must take the test, prior to departure unless
the teacher approves another arrangement in advance. Any tests, quizzes or
assignments missed due to an unexcused absence cannot be made up.
Requests must be in writing, including fax or e-mail, or by telephone from
the childs legal guardian/parent to the administrative assistant who will
receive a decision from the respective dean. Only the enrolling parent is
allowed to make special arrangements or conduct any business regarding student
unless authorized in writing by the parent. Also doctor and/or dentist notes
on letterhead or letter validating a medical absence are to be turned in upon
completion of the appointment. They may be faxed to 215-787-2622
(High School office fax).
Administrative assistants or other staff members are not authorized to
approve or disapprove a special arrangement request.
Students are not permitted to make their own special arrangements.
For Special Arrangements or absences during the school day:
High School Academic Office

215-787-2617

For Special Arrangements or Absences that will occur after school:


High School Residential Office

215-787-2610

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EXPECTATIONS IN DORMITORIES
Living Space
It is important that students develop habits of neatness and learn to care for
personal and Girard property.
Student rooms, common living areas, lockers and wardrobes are to be
maintained in good order. Writing and/or painting on walls, desks or
other furnishings are not permitted. Gummed stickers, nails, tacks, staples,
scotch tape and other permanent markers are not to be used for decorative
purposes without authorization. Irons, curling irons, and other electrical
appliances and extension cords represent a fire hazard and are not to be used
without prior approval of the supervising residential faculty.
All residential halls and common living areas must be in proper order by
8:00 a.m. and are to be maintained in good order throughout the day. Beds
are to be made carefully every morning. Floors and bathroom fixtures are to
be cleaned, furniture dusted and wastebaskets emptied daily. Closets, too,
are to be kept in good order. Window screens are not to be adjusted for any
reason. Food and drink are prohibited on the outside windowsills. Lights,
fans and radios are to be turned off when leaving a room for an extended
period of time.
The appearance of all Girard students must, at all times, be neat and clean.
Outerwear may not be worn in school unless the administration deems the
temperature to be appropriate. When allowed, outerwear such as hoodies
must be worn under a Girard College blazer.
School-Day Dress
Body piercing (other than the ears for earrings) is not permitted.
Visible tattooing is not permitted.
Girard-issued clothing will be worn during class periods.
Students shoes must have solid backs and must be solid black. Students
must wear sturdy (no- slip on shoes) or DRESS SHOES. Walking
shoes in the colors mentioned are permitted; sneakers may be worn for
PE classes only. High heels (higher than 1.5 inches), open-toed shoes,
or platform shoes are not permitted. When necessary, changing to
appropriate footwear will be required immediately.
Seniors may wear solid, navy blue shoes.
Male students must wear dress slacks, blazer, dress belt, age-appropriate
shirt, tie, dress shoes and dark socks. Female students must
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special events. Chapel dress is to be worn for Chapel and other special
events as required. All clothing needs to be neat, clean and pressed.
Appropriate outerwear, governed by weather conditions, is to be worn.
High School students may wear appropriate sized hoop and post
earrings no larger than what can fit entirely within a 1.5-inch circle.
Students leaving campus during the school day on class field trips,
special arrangements, etc., shall wear school uniforms unless otherwise
notified.
School-day dress is required for breakfast and the remainder of the
school day.



No pajamas, sweat suits, spaghetti straps, tube tops, shorts, form-fitting


clothing, etc., may be worn as normal dress or as undergarments with
other clothing, unless otherwise notified by a division change for
specific occasions or events.

After-School Dress
Students must change from their school uniforms to appropriate after
school clothing immediately upon reporting to their respective
residence halls at the end of the school day.
Students in grades 9-12 must wear home clothing that is neat and in good
condition. Torn jeans are not acceptable.
Wave caps, do rags, bandanas, headscarves and sweatbands may not be worn
outside or in public areas.
In early fall and late spring, appropriate shorts may be worn so long as
they are a maximum of 3 inches above the knee. Bicycle or similar
form-fitting shorts or pants are not permissible apparel at any time.
Appropriate outerwear, governed by weather conditions, is to be worn.
Abbreviated tops (tank tops, halters, bare midriff, spaghetti straps, tube
tops, sleeveless undershirts) and form-fitting clothing may not be worn.
Swimsuits must be one piece and modest in style.
No pictures, slogans, profanity, gestures, or any form of inappropriate
wording, etc. may be on clothing.
Any staff member has the right to require a student to change inappropriate
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Personal Grooming/Hair Care


It is the responsibility of the students family to provide appropriate care.
Regulations for Boys
Hair is to be clean, neat and well groomed, and the length is not to impair
the vision of the wearer or other students. Facial hair and sideburns are to
be kept neat and trimmed at all times.
Regulations for Girls
Hairstyles should be easy to maintain with minimal, age-appropriate
assistance from the residential advisor and should be neat and clean at all
times.
Hair Coloring
Female and male students may choose to have some solid-tone colored
dye in their hair; however, it must be a natural hair color, tasteful, in
moderation, and not detracting from their overall personal appearance.
The deans are given the authority to determine hair grooming/color
appropriateness. Interpretation and enforcement of these regulations is the
responsibility of the deans.
Any student who wants to dye his/her hair for a specific event must seek
approval from a dean and from his/her parent prior to the event to avoid
disciplinary action.
Personal Property Guidelines
Students must respect the property of others. The unauthorized possession
of anothers property is a serious offense and will be dealt with accordingly.
Students are discouraged from borrowing or lending money/personal
property or selling personal property.
Students are not permitted to have inappropriate literature,
pornography, and or vulgar or explicit materials including song lyrics
or music.
Students are expected to safeguard personal property and treat Girard
property with respect. Items of value should be in ones personal
possession or locked in a wardrobe or locker.
Expensive and Electronic Items Guidelines
High School students should not have large sums of money or other
valuables on campus. Students should turn in their personal money to
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campus. Expensive items such as, but not limited to, cell phones, iPods,
cameras, radios, hand-held video games, lap tops, tablet computers, or
designer apparel (including but not limited to expensive footwear) that are
brought to campus and lost, misplaced or stolen are not the responsibility of
Girard College. If this recommendation is not followed, Girard assumes no
responsibility in the event of loss, and there will be no reimbursement for
said item. We discourage bringing these items to school at all.
High School students in grades 9-12 are allowed to have cell phones, but
they may not take them into the High School building, and they may not
be used during the academic day. Students may not use cell phones duing meals
or after lights out, nor should phones be used to record happenings at Girard
College. We encourage students not to have expensive electronics, so we
strongly suggest that you do not buy an expensive phone for your student.
Please note that Girard College is not responsible for lost or stolen student
property.
As educators, we have found that cell phones are a distraction in the
educational and residential environment. Inappropriate use or misuse of cell
phones or other electronic devices will most likely result in suspension.
Student Use of Motor Vehicles
Girard does not permit student-owned or operated motorized vehicles,
including automobile and motorcycles, on its property.
The minimum requirements for Girard students to use school golf carts are:
at least 16 years old and
possession of a drivers permit.
Guidelines for Use of Electronic Devices
As stated above, we discourage students bringing electronics on campus.
However, because we accept that some students will have electronics (video
games, radios, televisions, electronic games, etc.), we will provide guidance
for the responsible use of these items. For example, electronics may be played
outdoors only with earphones. When played indoors, the volume should not
disrupt the lives of others. Radios, MP3 players, DVD players and iPods are
not allowed in the academic school buildings, dining rooms, auditoriums
or Chapel. Headphones are not to be worn during inappropriate times and
are to be removed before entering the instructional buildings, dining room,
study or Chapel. These items may be confiscated if used irresponsibly or
disrespectfully.

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Television sets are provided in common areas for the use of students.
Students may not have individual television sets. Television use after lightsout will be result in suspension of TV privileges.
On-Campus Food Policy
Students are not permitted to bring large quantities of food to the campus
from weekend, overnight or holiday leave.
To ensure a healthy and insect-free environment for all students we ask that
the following rules are observed:
Small quantities of food must be kept in airtight containers.
If large quantities of food are brought to the campus, the food will be
confiscated and stored in a secure area and returned so students may
take it home on the weekend. Please check backpacks and belongings
to ensure that large quantities of food are not being brought to campus.
Parents may make Special Arrangements for bringing birthday cakes to
campus. Because of food allergies, parents must purchase store-made
cakes that list the ingredients rather than bring in homemade cakes.

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BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
Our greatest expectation of all members of the Girard College community
is to be moral and ethical at all times, as Stephen Girard suggests to us in
his will: My desire is that all the instructors and teachers in the college shall
instill into the minds of the scholars the purest principles of morality so that
... they may evince benevolence towards their fellow citizens and a love of
truth, sobriety and industry ...
CODE OF LIVING
We abide by a Code of Living, including the following beliefs:
Girard students exhibit courteous behavior toward Girard community
members and visitors in all forms of communications.
Girard students respect the religious convictions, beliefs, property and
individual differences of all persons.
Girard students meet the expectations of classroom teachers and residential
staff.
Girard students respect the authority of all faculty and staff.
Girard students will be well groomed at all times.
Girard students will exhibit good sportsmanship at all times.
Girard students will be prepared for all activities.
Girard students strive consistently towards academic excellence.
FIVE CORE VALUES
All behaviors are viewed through the lens of our Core Values, that define
our Code of Conduct, and are:
Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Self-Discipline, Compassion
Behaviors that depart from adherence to these values require discussion
first and then a response. The response may be in the form of a
corrective process, the utilization of the disciplinary point system, or, in
the most difficult cases, removal from the community for a short time
or permanently. All responses to unacceptable behavior are based on
developmentally appropriate methods of correction. All instructional
and residential administrators reserve the right to use their discretion for
the way disciplinary actions will be utilized and what means and level of
communication is necessary for any individual case.

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UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS
1. Any behaviors indicating lack of Respect, such as (but not limited to):
Use of abusive language, tone or gestures toward peers or adults
Refusal to comply with reasonable requests from peers or adults resulting
in disruption of programming or general peaceful atmosphere or
demonstrating poor response to correction
Infringing on any individuals personal space by touching or striking them
Inciting or engaging in an actual fight
2. Any behaviors indicating lack of Responsibility, such as (but not
limited to):
Repeated lateness to meals, classes, or returning to campus after weekends
Loss of or damage to Girard College property
3. Any behaviors indicating lack of Integrity, such as (but not limited to):
Cheating and/or plagiarism
Alteration of any official Girard College document
Falsification of facts in any way
Theft
4. Any behaviors indicating lack of Self-Discipline, such as (but not
limited to):
Sexual conduct of any sort (verbal, physical, through images and/or
electronically)
Use or sale of any prohibited substance (alcohol, tobacco, drugs and
paraphernalia, etc.)
Possession or use of any weapon or look-alike weapon, any explosive
device, or any object that can cause bodily harm
5. Any behaviors indicating lack of Compassion, such as (but not limited to):
Intimidation, of any sort, against peers or others
Intentional slander regarding a persons character, appearance or behavior
Bullying of any sort (individual, as part of a group, face to face,
cyberbullying, etc.)
Willful humiliation of anyone

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CONSEQUENCES OF POOR BEHAVIORAL CHOICES


Elementary/Middle School Process
1. All infractions will be reported to the Academic Dean and/or to the
Residential Dean (through the referral process).
2. After discussion with referring staff member (teacher or residential
advisor), the appropriate leader(s) will determine whether the infraction
will be addressed by use of: Loss of Privileges and Detention, a Severe
Misconduct Rating, General Restrictions/Behavioral Probation,
Suspension or referral to Scholarship Review Board for possible
Dismissal.
3. When the consequences require suspension, decisions about returning
to Girard are made by the suspending dean. Decisions about behaviors
that may cause the loss of the Girard College scholarship are made by the
Scholarship Review Board.
High School Process
1. All infractions will be reported to the Academic Dean and/or to the
Residential Dean (through the referral process?)
2. After discussion with referring staff member (teacher or residential
advisor), the appropriate leader(s) will determine whether the infraction
will be addressed by use of: Honor Council Hearing, Loss of Privileges
and Detention, a Severe Misconduct Rating, General Restrictions/
Behavioral Probation, Suspension or referral to Scholarship Review Board
for possible Dismissal.
3. When the consequences require suspension, decisions about returning
to Girard are made by the suspending dean. Decisions about behaviors
that may cause the loss of the Girard College scholarship are made by the
Scholarship Review Board.
DISCIPLINARY POINT SYSTEM
Each infraction of the Code of Conduct is important and can reap
consequences, but the assignment of points is designed to provide notice
to students and their families who have repeatedly displayed unacceptable
behaviors.
After review by the division deans of referrals, individual points will be
assigned for each offense after the behavior in question has been repeated
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grossly immoral will bypass the Honor Council (in the high school) and
will escalate to the Disciplinary Probation level immediately.
As such, the escalating scale will be:
Severe Misconduct Rating Level = 1 point
(as this represents the third infraction)
Restriction Level = 2 points
Disciplinary Probation Level = 3 points*
SRB = 6 points
*Certain egregious or flagrant infractions may be placed directly at the
Probation or SRB level at the discretion of the dean(s).
A student is automatically scheduled to be reviewed by the Scholarship
Review Board when s/he reaches the Suspension Level in any single school
year. Any points accumulated above the level of three carry over into a
second school year. Any points accumulated below the level of three are
dropped at the conclusion of a school year. No points will be carried over
more than two years in a row.
HIGH SCHOOL HONOR COUNCIL
The High School Honor Council is in place to support the Core Values.
The Honor Council will be comprised of a set number of students from
ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades and alternates for each grade, and
convened by the Coordinator of Academic and Social Support. The Honor
Council will meet as needed based on referrals, and will offer recommended
consequences to violations of the Core Values. The recommendations will
be provided to the Head of High School for approval.
SCHOLARSHIP REVIEW BOARD
The Scholarship Review Board (SRB) is convened by the Vice President
of the College and consists of the Academic and Residential leaders of the
College. SRB meets to consider cases of students who have been suspended
in an effort to make recommendations to the president regarding their
possible return or their possible loss of the Girard College Scholarship.
Parents or guardians must appear with the student at an SRB hearing.
Written or verbal support for students can be received by the SRB before
any hearing takes place. During the course of the hearing, all members of
the SRB can make statements or ask questions of the student. Parents or
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At the conclusion of the hearing, the deliberations and recommendations


of the SRB are turned over to the president for acceptance before any
information is shared with the family regarding the outcome. The student
and parent/guardian are informed of the decision by way of a phone call
and letter.

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OTHER ACTIVITIES, POLICIES AND SERVICES


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Membership in the Girard College Alumni Association (GCAA) is open
to all former students, offering an opportunity to maintain contact with
classmates, fellow Girardians and Girard College itself. Members of the
senior class are encouraged to maintain active membership in the GCAA
after graduation. The Director of the Alumni Association and his assistant
staff the alumni office, located on campus in the Armory. Learn more
about the GCAA and scholarship opportunities it provides on our website,
girardcollege.edu.
215-232-8822
GCAA Director Joe Garbarino 71
Administrative Assistant Alexandra Cruz
AUTHORIZED LEAVE PASS
Authorized leave passes are a privilege for seniors only, who are in good or
excellent academic and citizenship standing who have parental/guardian
authorization. Town passes are granted only with approval by the senior
RA and the Residential Dean.
Students use town passes for various reasons but most often to buy personal
items and toiletries. Students who abuse the town pass privilege (e.g. late
return or going to a destination other than that noted on the town pass
request form) will have their town pass privilege restricted and will be
subject to disciplinary action.
To ensure that our students maintain their academic grade point averages
when they return from summer vacation, town passes may not be issued
during the first three weeks of the school year.

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ELECTRONICS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY


Due to the ever-changing nature of the technology involved with the
Internet and computers, Girard College reserves the right to modify this
policy at any time.
Internet access is available to the Girard College community for
educational and school business purposes to aid in seamless learning;
this includes classroom activities, career development, research, and highquality self-discovery activities, which will be limited to specific amounts of
time determined by grade level and system resources. Non-educational use
for students is a privilege and is allowed with the permission of the teacher
or RA. It is the policy of Girard College that all use of the Internet, and
the internal e-mail system is a privilege. Sanctions for misuse will be at the
discretion of the school administrator or dean.
Girard College Limitation of Liability and Due Process
Girard College is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the
information obtained or stored on the system and on the Internet.
Girard College will not be responsible or accountable for financial or
contractual obligations arising through the use of the computer
system Internet.
Girard College will cooperate fully with local, state, and/or federal
officials in any investigation concerning or relating to any illegal
activities conducted through the Girard College system.
Girard College has acquired and is using software designed to block
access to and from certain Internet sites. Although the software is
updated frequently, it cannot block 100% of the sites that are
inappropriate for student use.
System users have a limited privacy expectation in the contents of
their personal files on the Girard College system. Routine
maintenance and/or monitoring of the system may lead to the
discovery that a user has violated, or is violating, the Acceptable Use
Policy, the school disciplinary code, or the law. An individual search
can and will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that a user
has violated the law or the school disciplinary code.
System Security
Users are responsible for the use of their individual account and
should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being
able to use their account. Under no condition should a user provide
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Users will notify the grade level computer teacher/lab supervisor or


another faculty member if they have identified a possible security
problem.
Inappropriate Conduct
Users will not use discriminatory, obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar,
rude, inflammatory, threatening, disrespectful, or offensive language.
Users will not post information that, if acted upon, could cause
damage or danger of disruption to the system, an individual, or the
school.
Users will not harass another person. The definition of harassment is
persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another
person or otherwise violates their privacy, reputation or character. If a
user is told to stop sending e-mail messages to them or about them,
they must stop.
Respect for Privacy
Users will not re-post or forward a private, non-school related message
that was sent to them without obtaining permission from the author
of the message.
Users will not post private information about another person.
Respecting Resources and Resource Limits
Users will use the system only for educational and school business
purposes.
Users will not download or install software applications on school
owned laptops, desktops or Chromebooks without the approval of the
technology department. This includes (but is not limited to) peer-to
peer/file-sharing programs, games and screensavers. Staff members
who require the installation of software for educational or operational
use must submit a request to their supervisor, who will then forward it
to the technology department Help Desk for review and approval. If
the software installation is not approved, the technology department
will recommend an alternative solution.
Users will not store personal music files, photos or text and graphic
files on the home drive or the shared O:Drive.
Users of campus-based e-mail will not post chain letters or engage in
spamming. Spamming is sending annoying or unnecessary
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If a user intentionally damages equipment they may face disciplinary


consequences as stated in the student handbook with respect to
vandalism.
Social Networking Sites
The acceptable use of any social networking site is covered by this acceptable
use policy, the acceptable use policies of the site and the student handbook.
In the event these policies contradict each other, the Student Handbook
will take precedence. Inappropriate photos, blogs, videos, or comments will
result in consequences as outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook.
The Code of Living is a valuable tool in addressing a number of important
issues on campus including health, respect for others, sensitivity to religious
practices, and many other aspects of student life. The Code is useful both on
and off campus. Students are encouraged to abide by the principles spelled
out in this document and to refer to it frequently.
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAMS
A natural outgrowth of our academic day curriculum, the extended-day
program (EDP) contributes to the fulllment of our mission to promote
intellectual, social and emotional growth. Initiated in the fall of 2014, this
extended-day academic and enrichment programming crosses ve specic
topical strands, which are:
Advanced Learning and Academic Support (ALAS),
Performing Arts and Culture (PAC),
Service and Community (SRC),
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and
Wellness (W)
Activities will fall within the categories of these Five Strands as well as
under one of Three Pillars learning streams which also dene school day
curricula:
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Personalization
Connections
The goal of the extended-day program is to improve academic performance
of all Girard students and to enrich our curricula. Additionally, extendedday program strives to provide opportunities to increase parent and alumni
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HEALTH SERVICES
The health services department provides medical support for students.
The main office is located on the first floor of the Hum. Registered nurses and

licensed practical nurses staff the department. Leading specialists in Philadelphia


provide consultative services as required. When necessary, students are cared for in
our informary by our medical staff. If a student must be taken to another medical
facility, the parent/guardian is financially responsible for the students health
insurance. If a parent/guardian is not able to provide private health insurance,
Girard can provide information regarding alternative forms of insurance.
All students must have a history and physical completed annually by their primary
care physician. All immunizations must be in compliance with the Philadelphia
Department of Health guidelines. In addition to this each student must have proof
of at least one PPD (tuberculosis skin test) upon admission to Girard College.
Students must have a written doctors order to take medication on campus. All
over-the-counter medication including vitamins, antacids, cold medication etc.
that is delivered to Health Services must have a doctors note to dispense. Students
may not take prescription medications without the knowledge of the Health
Services office. All prescription medications must be held at the Health Services
office and dispensed under the supervision of the nurse on duty; unless otherwise
authorized by Health Services. All medications expire at the end of each school year
and require a new doctors order to continue for the next school year.

HISTORY AND TRADITIONS


A Proud and Unique History
Learn more about our schools history, our founder
Stephen Girard and his extraordinary vision on our website.
www.girardcollege.edu
Founders Day
Founders Day is a part of the very special spring weekend celebration
held annually on the Saturday closest to May 20, the birthday of founder
Stephen Girard. Sponsored by Girard and the GCAA (alumni association),
Founders Day is an opportunity for alumni to return to the campus.
Girard students traditionally stay on campus Friday evening to participate
in Saturdays festivities and to connect with our alumni. Families and friends
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Founders Hall
The imposing building with pillars that you see when you first enter the
gates of our lovely campus is Founders Hall, the original classroom building
for Girard College. Today this National Historic Landmark houses two
museum collections and the archives of Stephen Girard. Parents, guardians,
friends and the general public are encouraged to take a tour of Founders
Hall. Visit our website to get the particulars.
School Songs
Hail Girard
Hail Girard, our Alma Mater, Noble, fair and strong;
Cradle meet for civic virtue, Praise her with a song.
First thou art in worth and beauty, First in our regard;
Sing we then our Alma Mater, Mother dear Girard.
CHORUS:
Children of the great Republic, Lovers of the flag be-starred,
Mighty masters of the future, Swell the chorus, shout Girard.
Sing her shrine of marble wonder, Let no voice be still;
Sing Girard and praise Girard, With a royal will.
Singing as we ever march, With a flag unscarred;
One in voice and heart and will, children of Girard.
Harvard loves her crimson banner, Yale her blue divine;
In our pennant bold and stirring, Steel Garnet shine.
Brown is busy making scholars, So is valiant Penn;
Our Girard, our Alma Mater, Strives to reach this end.
La Marseillaise
(French national anthem in honor of our founder, Stephen Girard)
Allons! Enfants de la Patrie, Le jour de gloire est arriv !
Contre nous de la tyrannie, Ltendard sanglant est lev;
Ltendard sanglant est lev,
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes,
Mugir ces froces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras,
gorger nos fils, nos compagnes!

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CHORUS:
Aux armes citoyens, Formez vos bataillons
Marchons, marchons!
Quun sang impur; Abreuve nos sillons!
LAUNDRY AND UNIFORMS
All students must be properly fitted by laundry staff in Girard-issued
clothing to ensure that they are appropriately attired in clothing that is neat,
clean, and in good condition, and to wear their clothing in the appropriate
manner.
Clothing and bed linens for the grade 1-8 students are routinely picked
up and delivered to their living spaces on a scheduled basis. It is critical
that these students cooperate with their resident advisors in using the dirty
laundry bags and hampers in order for dirty laundry to be returned on
schedule and clean clothing to be returned to the dormitories on schedule.
Clothing and bed linens for High School students are issued to them
directly from the laundry facility; students should return these items to the
laundry on their regular schedule for cleaning. It is also the responsibility of
High School students to retrieve their clean clothing from the laundry using
the published schedule.
Each grade will be assigned a specific day and time when they may receive
service from the laundry. Depending on the school schedule, the laundry
pick-up days may be adjusted for special events.
All students who have clothing or cleanliness emergencies must work with
their residential advisors to address such emergencies.
Laundering clothing at home and not utilizing the Girard College laundry
service is no longer permitted without approval from the residential dean.
Students are accountable for the possession of Girard-issued clothing and
laundry. Parents/guardians whose students have lost or damaged clothing
will be billed.

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LOST OR DAMAGED GIRARD PROPERTY


Textbooks, Chromebooks, library books, musical instruments, locks,
Girard-issued clothing, athletic equipment and uniforms, Boy Scout
equipment and all other Girard property issued for temporary use are to be
returned in a satisfactory condition. When equipment or any other Girard
property is lost or damaged, the student or students responsible will be
charged and expected to pay for the damage or loss.
Lost Girard property should be reported promptly to the appropriate
instructional or residential administrator. Following the report, the parent
or guardian will be billed to reimburse the school for the lost property.
Report cards and transcripts will be withheld until all bills are paid.
SCOUTING PROGRAM
An on-campus scouting program is offered to qualifying students at
Girard from Middle through High School with age-appropriate activities
throughout the year. Among these activities are camping, swimming,
hiking, environmental sciences and exploration, camp craft, cooking,
wilderness survival training and other activities that foster student
extra-curricular education.

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ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL
GRADES 1-8
1. Founders Hall

9. High School

2. Chapel

10. Banker Hall (dining)

3. High School Library

11. Laundry

4. Allen Hall

12. Armory / Gymnasium

5. Bordeaux Hall

13. Historic Mechanical School

6. Mariner Hall (grade 10-11-12 boys)

14. Power Plant

7. Merchant Hall (grade 9-10 boys)

15. Historic Foundry

8. The Hum (grade 9-12 girls)


AKA The Junior School

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HIGH SCHOOL
GRADES 9-12

16. Historic Carpentry Shop

23. Gardeners Building

17. Electrical Sub-Station

24. Campus Patrol Lodge

18. North Staff Residence

25. Dir. of Public Safety Lodge

19. East Staff Residence

26. North Gate House

20. South Staff Residence

27. Lower School

21. East Garages

28. Navigator Hall (grade 1-8 boys)

22. West Garages

29. Constitution Hall (grade 1-8 girls)


30. Christine Manley Hall

THE GIRARD COLLEGE


MISSION STATEMENT
Girard is a full-scholarship boarding school
for academically capable students
from qualified families of limited financial resources.
Girard Colleges mission is to prepare scholarship students
for advanced education and life as informed, ethical and productive
citizens through a rigorous education program
that promotes intellectual, social and emotional growth.
Girard College students will be prepared to complete a bachelors
degree in order to maximize their ability to pursue productive
careers and be engaged citizens.

FIVE CORE VALUES


Behavioral expectations for Girard students
are based on our five core values:

RESPECT
RESPONSIBILITY
INTEGRITY
SELF-DISCIPLINE
COMPASSION

www.girardcollege.edu